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Ashu001
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12/29/2014 | 9:19:32 AM
Re: Tech-free vacation - is it really impractical?
Progman2000,

While that maybe true at Lower Executive Levels it is'nt the case at Higher Levels(VP Level & C-Level )which we are primarily discussing here.

For those at the Lower Levels ;they just need to discipline themselves better if they are to achieve something concrete from their Professional Lives today.
Ashu001
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12/29/2014 | 9:14:08 AM
Re: Tech benfits of being plugged in
ImpactNow,

For that to happen you have to incredibly disciplined (otherwise you risk turning your Vacation/Break) into a Working Holiday instead.

I know it can be done but just that it is'nt for everyone concerned.

Not everyone can achieve that perfect level of Work-Life Balance (especially on Vacation).

Those that can?Have achieved a very high level of Efficency.
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12/29/2014 | 9:07:25 AM
Re: Tech-Free Vacation: Why Unplugging Isn't Practical
Ariella,

The Idea behind a Backup is just that.

They should be able to do the job in case the Main Guy is unavailable or not upto the mark in either case.

So did your Backup deliver?

If the Backup is a makeshift so be it;After all they are meant to be there just temporarily(while you wait for the Main Guy to landup or search for another new Main Guy).

 
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12/29/2014 | 9:02:50 AM
Re: That's why you get paid the big bucks
Broadway,

I don't think the President is the right comparison-Obama seems to be on permanent vacation!

LOL!One has to actually wonder when he works].

But your point about everyone needing breaks to recharge is very valid today(more than ever).

So many of us are so badly stressed today its a wonder more of us have'nt snapped yet!

Technological Overload is no misnomer.Its a real and very serious condition today.

 

 
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12/29/2014 | 8:59:07 AM
Re: Tech-Free Vacation: Why Unplugging Isn't Practical
SachinEE,

I don't think your Superiors will rebuke you if you decide to take sometime off.

You just have to learn to manage the Expectations better of your  Seniors so that they know that even though you are on Vacation you can always be counted on to Deliver whatever you promised to deliver.

By Full Disconnection-does'nt mean that you are unavailable on the Phone.If you put that at the back of your mind (and give your seniors that assurance) things can be managed much-much better.

 

 
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12/29/2014 | 12:03:51 AM
Re: That's why you get paid the big bucks
asksqn, no matter how important a person to an organization or how much they earn, they still deserve a break. Even the president of the United States takes vacations. He may not "unplug" entirely, but he gets away from DC at least. Recreation, hobbies, family times --- they all can go a long way to recharging a battery and allowing someone to be more creative and effective when they return to work.
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12/27/2014 | 6:07:33 PM
Re: Tech-Free Vacation: Why Unplugging Isn't Practical
@SachineEE As I said, one needs a backup person for when the main one can't get there like doctors set up. The problem is the backup may not be as dedicated as the main guy. I used to have a single doctor practice for my kids. When he went away on vacation, he referred us to another practice. But when I called for my kid to be seen for a sick visit, they refused to see her b/c they wanted to close us soon. (Ironically, the place was only a block away, and we would have been ther in plenty of time). This was before Urgent Care places started springing up in my neighborhood like mushrooms after rain. 
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12/27/2014 | 5:08:34 PM
That's why you get paid the big bucks
"As freeing as an unplugged holiday may seem, it's just not practical for me in my role as a CIO/CISO."

 

Nor should it be given that you are paid far above and beyond a rank and file employee salary.
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12/27/2014 | 2:04:57 PM
Re: Tech-Free Vacation: Why Unplugging Isn't Practical
@freespiritny25: I also think that where there are obligations, having a full disconnected term may feel insulting to others, especially your superiors who would then ask you about your dedication towards the company and probably rebuke you if your answer is less than satisfactory.
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12/27/2014 | 2:01:49 PM
Re: Tech benfits of being plugged in
@impactnow: Whenever I go on holidays I too don't like to be disconnected, however that doesn't mean I would take each and every call from my work. I would only take the call if my boss or some other employee with the same, or greater rank than my boss calls, would I pick up the phone and answer, and not on all hours as well. I generally tell my staff to not call me at odd hours.
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