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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    NeaonBHB, 26 Nov 2006 @ 12:02am

    Learn what true hardship is...

    This is such a silly argument. Less than 100 years ago, Americans worked 6 day weeks of 14+ hour days of backbreaking labor. The life expectancy was, what? 50 years old for men? Average pay was a staggering $1500 a year. Families had to send children to work at 8 years old because there wasnt enough money to put food on th e table.

    And you elitist a$$holes are bitching because you have to answer a damn cellphone on your THREE WEEK VACATION??? Wow. And Im sorry, but the smug jerk moaning about how vacations are a right, not a priviledge, you need to experience some hardship in your life my friend. If your calming week at club-med is a "right", then Im glad you had nothing to do with defining the rights of the people of this country.

    Complaining about having to spend 5 minutes out of your golf game to answer an email or return a phone call is disgusting and a slap in the face to the REAL hard work that those that came before us did to earn you the right to such luxuries. I truly hope that your selfish behavior earns you some time on the unemployment line, so that some appreciation develops for how wonderful we really have it here.

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