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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    Brad C, 14 Apr 2008 @ 8:48pm

    Vacation Privilege

    I have been told by one asshole boss - vacation is a company benefit that benefits the company. When and how you took vacation was considered a privilege. With that attitude, unless you are performance rated as high, forget planning in advance on getting time off. His M.O. was not to grant approval/disapproval until a week before the time you want off. That guaranteed high plane ticket cost if you flew. Forget taking a nice trip such as going overseas. A year after I left him, I celebrated by taking 3 weeks off to New Zealand - something I will never regret. I was able to plan several months ahead and was able to ge reasonable plane fare to go to NZ since the fare is already considered expensive.

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