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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    mousepaw, 27 Nov 2006 @ 4:42pm

    How about...

    As usual, I'm late getting to this. I'll likely be the last post.

    Working from home? I do. Unfortunately, it's mostly 7/24. Holidays? Not when you're just starting out. To be fair though, I've been through the 60 hr work weeks and the lack of holidays (because I had nowhere to go). I used to take a "mental health day" about once every two months.

    On the other hand, my Dad worked for a huge company (although it didn't start out that way) and he was responsible for scheduling the mill. When he went on holidays, so did his schedule. He hated going back because it was such a mess!

    Holidays are a double edged sword. Go away to get away from it all and you worry about how the other idiots you work with are going to treat your customers or who's going to steal your job. (Yes, it happens.)

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