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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    dustin, 22 Nov 2006 @ 5:19pm

    i hear people complain about this

    Is it really that bad? I have a really laid back office where it's more, get your work done than it is be here from 9-5. Nobody abuses the issue and everyone gets there work done.

    Sure it means working a few hours through vacation. But it also means I don't have to schedule time off if I need to see my kid play baseball one afternoon. That is what being on salary is about. You get work done on time and it's not about what you can do in 40 hours.

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