Friday, April 3, 2015

Unplugging on your vacation

A woman in my office took off one Friday, and at about 9:30 am, I received an email from her. She wasn't showing as online, but she was definitely answering emails. I wrote her back, told her she was busted and reminded her that she was supposed to be off.

I get it: Sometimes it is hard to unplug from the office. There are times when I am off work and I cringe just thinking about the work that might be piling up for me upon my return. And you know what? It is never as bad as I think it is going to be.

We really need to remember that working on vacations means that you will return from that time off in need of another vacation.

Alamo Rent a Car took a look at how families feel about their vacations and how many of them still do some work while away from the office. Their findings reveal lots about family vacations, including the parent who insists that family members unplug from all devices more often (Moms), which region takes more day trip vacations (Southerners) and that families across the U.S. prefer destinations which are sunny and warm.

Where are you headed on vacation this year? And, once you're there, do you plan on doing any work? Tell me in the comments.


  1. My dad is notorious for working while away from the office, and it drives my mum insane. He just finds that if he takes a "true" vacation and entrusts others to take care of the load while he's away, he walks back into a disaster zone that basically undoes all the great relaxation he got on break. It's a tough one to balance!

    As for me, I live in a gorgeous coastal town with less than 30,000 people, so if I do manage to take a holiday this year, I will be going to the biggest city I can find to get a massive retail fix :P

    1. I think your dad's situation sounds familiar to a lot of people, which is (sadly) probably why we all don't take more time off.