Vacation? What's That?

from the we-don't-need-no-steenkin'-vacations dept

It seems like our always-on lifestyle continues to kill off the idea of vacation time. We've had stories in the past about how people tend to still check in with work while on vacation, in part to avoid having to deal with a huge stressful pile of things to do when they return. The latest study suggests this trend is continuing as the idea of the completely disconnected vacation is disappearing. Many people don't take all of the vacation time offered to them. Plenty of people never take extended vacations longer than a long weekend, and an astounding 24% of people say they didn't take any vacation at all. On top of that, those who do go on vacation don't disconnect. 72% say they stayed in contact with the office by email or phone while on vacation -- and, once again, many do so in order to avoid having a huge pile of work on their return. However, because of that, many say that they return from vacation more stressed than when they left. The article notes that this is a worrisome trend, but perhaps for many people it's just become the norm to blur the work/life balance -- and completely disconnecting on vacation would be even more problematic than staying partially connected.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 24 Nov 2006 @ 2:36pm

    Re: Hah!

    "What am I supposed to do? Just say no, and drop all my responsibilities?"

    Yes, that is exactly what you should do. You and the other no life losers in the world make it hard for the guys like me when I do say no.

    If all you losers without lives, actually got one and told your company to fuck off then the company would situp and take notice. Unfortunately when I say no I'm a minority and so the company can tell me to fuck off and get someone just like you to fill my place.

    It's the reason I no longer work in technology it's a soul destroying business to work in.

    And yes I do have a wonderful life now and I wouldn't trade it for yours and all the money in the world.

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