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I'm Asking: Do You Still Work While on Vacation?

I'm Asking: Do You Still Work While on Vacation?

They don't call it a vacation for nothing . . . or do they? Taking time off work is a necessary luxury, but sometimes so much preparation goes into having just a few days away, you're too exhausted to enjoy the beginning of your time off. Not fun.

I try to step away on true vacation days, but there are times when I can't resist a peek in the inbox — and then, once you look, who's to stop you from writing back to one or two (or 10) people? Do you put on your out-of-office message and take your time off seriously, or do you find yourself still working even when you're technically not?

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SDTransplant SDTransplant 7 years
I check e-mail intermittently when I'm on vacation and sometimes write back to one or two people, but for the most part, I avoid work-related stuff. It's my vacation and I should be relaxing, not worrying about work!
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
Absolutely not. My husband will sneak on the laptop and blackberry, but I try not to even think about work while I'm on vacation.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 7 years
NO - it's MY vacation time..it's supposed to be a break! I don't bring anything work related with me - no laptop, no Blackberry..nothing.
Deidre Deidre 7 years
Absolutely not -- vacation is my break to get away from work! I work harder the week or so before leaving to make sure that any ongoing issues can be handled by my coworkers. Out of office messages on email/voicemail are there for a reason. I definitely come from the more old school separate work and personal life mentality.
pearsbeary pearsbeary 7 years
only to tie up loose ends...or to get myself back into the mode of things when i return from vacation so i don't get a barrage of things when i enter the office
Spectra Spectra 7 years
No way. When I'm on vacation, I'm on vacation and I don't need the stress of thinking about what's going on at work while I'm gone. No one is indispensable; there will always be someone there that can answer any questions that people would have.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
No way. I would only do it if the boss asked - luckily, he's never called when I was on vacation!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Absolutely not! If something is important my boss can call me and I will follow up. No need to get involved in anything short of an emergency while on vacation!
supercoolnat supercoolnat 7 years
No way! My vacation is my time. My work email only gets checked on company time.
brilliance13 brilliance13 7 years
yes... can't help it
tiff58 tiff58 7 years
Yeah, I basically always reply to emails when I'm on vacation. I don't really find it stressful for the most part. Mainly it just allows me to not be bombarded when I get back to work.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
Unless I get a phone call from my boss, I don't even bother looking at my emails! It'll just stress me out, and honestly, the point of going on a vacation is to relax and not worry about work.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
no not really i try not to check my work email and no one ever calls me or anything i like to relax
mek123 mek123 7 years
I put my out of office message on while I'm on vacation but still find myself checking emails and taking phone calls. I really don't like coming back to work and finding issues then.
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