Working while on vacation – Are you able to leave your work behind once you start vacation?
With all of our technological innovations, smartphones can make it difficult to leave work behind while on vacation. The only thing that would really stop you is going to another country. Or the hefty data roaming charges would! Many employees have one phone for it all – I do. It is my personal phone, my work phone, my facebook, linkedin and so on. You get the point. What is really stopping you from working while on vacation besides yourself or friends/family telling you to shut off your phone? The temptation is just too great to do that “one last email”. You hear that annoying chime every time you get an email, or that damned blinking light on your Blackberry (that was the biggest reason I got rid of my Blackberry). The constant chiming and blinking reminders are enough to make you want to throw your phone in the lake – or so one would think.
What really stops us from not working while on vacation? I found many articles on the subject and thought to myself, really?! A reason for working while on vacation is to reduce stress? How does that make sense? You’re taking a vacation to get away from work, or in my case, do a different kind of work while on vacation. I suppose volunteering for a tennis tournament really can’t be considered work, it’s so much fun! It’s also more or less required that I ignore my phone and pay attention to the guests attending the event. I will also be doing some sports photography to expand my portfolio, but once again, it’s fun.
I think our biggest reasons for working while on vacation is all fear.
- Fear of a huge pile of work when we return.
- In other cases, we fear that there isn’t someone that can competently do our job while we are away (this one I’ve heard many times).
- Fear that our boss won’t think we’re a good worker.
The conclusion is that we all need vacation time. We need to have time away from work to mentally and physically recharge. When you come back to work refreshed, you will be more creative, re-spark that passion and motivation for what you do, and have a higher level of efficiency. These are big reasons why our employers want us to take vacation time – they want happy, productive employees. Not drained down stress cases!
A public service announcement from your friends and family: TURN OFF YOUR PHONE WHILE ON VACATION! ENJOY THAT TIME! LIVE EACH DAY TO THE FULLEST BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS!
I will still be blogging while on vacation, and before you call me a hypocrite; I enjoy writing! I enjoy sharing my experiences and don’t consider it a job. 🙂