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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    LJSeinfeld, 26 Nov 2006 @ 6:47am

    ...true hardship...

    NeaonBHB- After you pilot your time machine back from your Oliver Twist nightmare, you should possibly consider working your way up from serf to "elitist A*hole" status so you can better relate. Who gave you exclusive rights to the hard work that came before us?

    Now back to vacation... it IS my right as it is PART OF MY COMPENSATION PACKAGE. It's not a gift from my benevolent overlords to be taken away at their whim --and I should not be expected to feel guilty for utilizing the time.

    Same thing with working extra hours when on salary.... even if you work only 4 extra hours a week it's pretty much the same as offering a 10% discount on your time.

    Ask your employer to pay you an extra 10% just because you feel like it once, and see what they have to say...

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