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Bring The Office To The Beach: Yea Or Nay?
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jjessup570
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jjessup570,
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8/8/2014 | 6:19:53 PM
Don't worry about work!
Drew, your post raises some very important questions about work / life balance. Or vacation / work balance! I miss the days of pre-Blackberry vacations. I do agree with you that unless we have a chance to recharge we won't be nearly as productive in the long term. And your kids grow up too soon! So get down in the sad and leave your phone behind. We'll muddle through without you!!!
Shane M. O'Neill
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8/11/2014 | 11:16:03 AM
Allowing yourself to recharge
I just returned from a week's vacation so this post hits home. i experienced every thought and feeling Andrew lays out here. He's right, these days it's difficult to just let go. Work can be all-consuming and it's so accessible, so it's no easy task to shut the door for awhile. But if you have a good and trustworthy team, you can do it. Should do it. And try not to look at email. (Ok, maybe a mid-week check and another check the day before returning).  I try to think of a week off as a time of rest but also a recharging. I'll do better work later because of it.
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8/12/2014 | 4:42:00 PM
Incremental value of being disconnected
I did just return from a vacation in July and while I did check email a few times I did not interrupt any of my vacation activities to do so. I checked in at off times or when waiting in line etc. Being disconnected allows me to be more creative long term and avoid the burnout cycle. We have to remember businesses all ran for centuries without access to their employees all the time.
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8/18/2014 | 11:28:52 AM
Re: Incremental value of being disconnected
"We have to remember businesses all ran for centuries without access to their employees all the time."

Excellent point. You have to ask yourself how much of these always-on connections are really necessary. Or are you just checking in on them because you can?


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