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
    NeaonBHB, 26 Nov 2006 @ 8:12am

    Oh, my bad. I didnt realize that the Great Depression never happened, and was just a figment of my overwrought imagination. Well pardon me for not giving proper references before, Ill do so now to avoid allowing any more free-handed references to stories that were written in 1838 (???? I said 100 years not 200, but whatever.)

    1929 -- Annual per-capita income is $750. More than half of all Americans are living below a minimum subsistence level. http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/connections_n2/great_depression.html

    pre-1930 -- Until the 1930s, it was not unusual for Chicago factory or other manual workers to put in 10 hours or more a day, 6 days a week, with 12-hour days common in many industries, including steel http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1381.html

    1908-1912 -- Child labor - Heres some photos, so bear in mind the heavy amount of deaths and maimings of children in factories as you formulate your next defense of callous, selfish laziness http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/childlabor/

    1920 -- By the year 1920, the U.S. average life expectancy had risen to age 54. http://www.uwyo.edu/WINWyoming/bullets/2004/bullets11-04.htm


    you should possibly consider working your way up from serf to "elitist A*hole" status so you can better relate.


    Are you saying Im unemployed? I dont remember gracing you with the details of my private life. Please dont pontificate on a topic you have no knowledge about.

    Who gave you exclusive rights to the hard work that came before us?


    Again, dont make claims with incorrect material. How does my putting into perspective the typical American laziness as compared to their forebears equal to me claiming rights to it? Since youre fond of time machine analogies, if you can get the entirety of those that came before you to say that they think its a great idea that you can completely abandon your job for extended periods of time while relaxing on the beach or getting handjobs from the natives, then I suppose that your argument holds some water.

    it IS my right as it is PART OF MY COMPENSATION PACKAGE.


    Confusing a right with a privilege again? Yes, your employers are kind, and if they deem you so vital to the workings of the office that even your irresponsible abandoning for weeks at a time with no communication whatsoever doesnt warrant a trip to welfare, then all the more power to you. However, do not confuse this with a right, my friend. The rights endowed by your compensation package mean nothing when your position is liquified and sourced out to a hungry fresh college grad that doesnt take the opportunities affored him for granted. Like someone who shall remain nameless.

    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.


    If youre so concerned about missing the next episode of "Lost" because you were 'forced' to 'torture yourself' with a few extra hours at work one week, then theres an easy solution. I hear McDonalds is hiring, and as a purely hourly position you can be assured that every tiring hour you dedicate to your job, you will be duly compensated the requisite amount that your previously agreed upon 'contract' stated.

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