How To Keep Your Job From Ruining Your Vacation - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
IT Life
News
6/26/2015
01:06 PM
David Wagner
David Wagner
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
100%
0%

How To Keep Your Job From Ruining Your Vacation

Here's what you can do before, during, and after your vacation to make it restful and help you disconnect.
Previous
1 of 14
Next

(Image: Tim Sackton via Flickr)

(Image: Tim Sackton via Flickr)

Work ruins vacations. Lucky is the IT pro who has not experienced this: You're on a long-awaited vacation and your phone rings. Your boss has a question, or needs your help. Maybe you do it to yourself. You check your email and spot an issue you know the folks at the office are trying to handle without you, but you can't enjoy yourself until you know it is fixed. How do you keep work from ruining your vacation?

Through a complex plan requiring cunning and guile, of course. Though sometimes all you need is a little planning and a few good apps to turn your "working" vacation into a real vacation.

Why does it matter? The health effects are great. Vacations reduce stress and improve health. Time away makes you an effective, productive worker. Yet, in 2014, Americans took only 51% of their paid vacation days, according to a survey by careers site Glassdoor and Harris Interactive. The survey polled of 2,300 workers who receive paid vacation days. Even worse, 61% of respondents said they work while they're on vacation, 25% said they've being contacted by a colleague about a work-related matter while taking time off, and 20% have been contacted by their boss.

If we're not going to use all our available vacation days, we sure as heck ought to enjoy the days we do take. Work can certainly carry on without us, and we can carry on without working nonstop. Here's what you can do before, during, and after your vacation to make it restful and help you disconnect. Check out our tips, and then tell us in the comments section below what you to do to make the most of your vacation.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Previous
1 of 14
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
David Wagner
50%
50%
David Wagner,
User Rank: Strategist
6/29/2015 | 1:47:58 PM
Re: How to coast back into your routine.
@msims20701- Thanks for the great advice. I like the low priority email suggestion. i tend to answer my email in the order it arrives which seems like a bad idea now.
David Wagner
50%
50%
David Wagner,
User Rank: Strategist
6/29/2015 | 12:58:03 PM
Re: timely
@namsimon- yeah, it is funny because I've always been a nexter by habit. I actually tend to enjoy anticipating an event more than actually having the event. I just had no word for it. When I discovered the word, I was like, "so cheesy, but so perfect."
David Wagner
50%
50%
David Wagner,
User Rank: Strategist
6/26/2015 | 1:58:20 PM
Re: Vacation...had to get away...
@vmewman2- Well, I hope you enjoyed the vacation anyway. Sorry for the timing. I go on vacation in a couple of weeks so I just gave away my playbook to my boss. :)
Slideshows
11 Things IT Professionals Wish They Knew Earlier in Their Careers
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  4/6/2021
News
Time to Shift Your Job Search Out of Neutral
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  3/31/2021
Commentary
Does Identity Hinder Hybrid-Cloud and Multi-Cloud Adoption?
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  4/1/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
Video
Current Issue
Successful Strategies for Digital Transformation
Download this report to learn about the latest technologies and best practices or ensuring a successful transition from outdated business transformation tactics.
Slideshows
Flash Poll