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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    C C, 9 Mar 2012 @ 8:51am

    Re: vacation is not a right is a priviledge

    Society doesn't benefit when you are on vacation. Vacation is considered an executive perk to be enjoyed by those in management. Especially now in a very tight economy. The time is to work very frustratingly hard and working smart is considered a cheap shortcut.

    Also with this tight Obama economy, it is time for sacrifice for the good of Society and it is considered inappropriate to go take time off to enjoy oneself. Plus with these tight times, companies can reign in on the tomfoolery such as giving employees more freedom like not having to dress up for work, taking time off, and other useless freedoms like flex time. Time to put our noses to the grindstone and work extra hard for the good of Society.

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