Workers Often Pack Their Laptops During Summer Getaways
In a tough
economy that demands the highest level of worker productivity, you may
find yourself juggling work and fun during a well-earned vacation.
of workers say they stay in touch with their jobs when on vacation, and
22 percent say their companies expect them to stay in contact,
according to a CareerBuilder poll of more than 3,000 respondents.
reality — work often gets in the way of vacation fun," said Kate
Dawson, a carer expert with CareerBuilder. "Managed properly, nothing
recharges the mind and body like a vacation — a benefit for
employers and employees. However, vacations can be a source of stress
if time away isn't pre-planned."
vacations are meaningful and beneficial breaks from normal work
routines; 99 percent of the respondents said vacations help them
relieve stress and maintain good health, the survey found. When they
returned to work after a vacation, 51 percent said they were
"re-energized and ready to get back to work, the survey noted.
percent said they were depressed about their jobs and being back at
work, and 14 percent said they return "daydreaming about the vacation
and distracted from work," according to the survey.
gone, deadlines continue to loom. It's vitally important to take care
of loose ends before you leave," Dawson noted. "That way, you can
completely enjoy your vacation, without worries. That's the healthiest
way to go on vacation."
To minimize work interruptions and maximize opportunities for relaxation, Dawson urges vacationing workers to:
Give plenty of notice about vacation dates.
Brainstorm with key team members and vendors for
ways to handle any breakdowns, questions or issues that could arise
while you're away.
Establish a single, reliable mode of
communication — such as e-mail, voice mail or cell phone —
and make it clear when and how often you'll be checking in.
Leave an emergency contact number if your job is mission-critical.
Minimize work distractions by establishing designated check-in times while you're on vacation.
important to be a team player, but it's also essential to allow
yourself to get completely away from work worries," Dawson said. "The
best strategy is to leave for vacation with strategies in place to
handle disruptions. That way, you won't have work doubts hanging over
your head the whole time you're away."
wireless devices and voice mail have made it simple for you to stay in
touch during breaks; respondents said they are most likely to use
company voice mail (66 percent), work e-mail (54 percent) or cell
phone, pager or other mobile device (47 percent) , the survey reported.