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How To Keep Your Job From Ruining Your Vacation
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H@mmy
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6/28/2015 | 5:05:23 AM
Re: You'd think ...
You always can balance between things. Its just how goo you are at managing things. You can define your own set of rules and stick to them. Its up to you whether you over take technology or let technology over take you.
H@mmy
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6/28/2015 | 5:00:03 AM
If you are the boss
Vacations are even more tough if you are your boss and every now and then you are worried about your organization. You can't skip phone calls, text messages, emails. It goes equally weird for the boss himself.
nasimson
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nasimson,
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6/27/2015 | 4:54:24 AM
timely
What a timely piece!

NEXTING is quite a cute, simple, adoptable and worth-sharing idea. I am starting to use that right away vacation or no vacation!
SunitaT0
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6/27/2015 | 12:55:07 AM
Re: Vacation...had to get away...
@Vnewman2: I follow that idea as well. When you are in a flow and have to read so many emails when you come back it takes away so much of your energy. It's better if we check our work at the end of the day when we are free. When I was a workaholic I used to get bored during vacations and spent my nights fiddling with my laptop.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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6/27/2015 | 12:51:50 AM
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Exactly. Technology is a boon but it can also snatch away your peace of mind. I don't always like to be connected.
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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6/26/2015 | 2:35:56 PM
Re: Vacation...had to get away...
@David - there is one rule I violate mostly because my boss would never be accepting of me not reading the email strings she includes me on while I'm away to keep me in know...so...I end up just reading the emails that came in before I go to bed - delete what I don't need - and leave the rest to deal with when I get back. Typically I don't really answer but it's too overwhelming for me to read 1000 emails when I return - it cancels out the entire vacation!
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6/26/2015 | 2:18:13 PM
You'd think ...
With every commercial tech ad, you'd think all we want is non-stop connectivity, especially during travel and away from the office. An all-encompassing "Off" button app could do wonders for everyone's peace of mind.
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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6/26/2015 | 2:07:25 PM
Re: Vacation...had to get away...
hahahaha @David - no worries! There's always next year. So speaking from recent experience, the Out-of-office message point is spot-on. I set the bar really low this year and set mine to say, "I am out of the office with little-to-no access to email or voicemail..." Then if I actually responded to something it is actually a pleasant surprise to the person on the other end. It worked out well in managing people's expectations. I also send a "PENDING ITEMS" email to my team to let people know about things I'm working on that have not yet been resolved so they know where to pick up should they be asked to assist the user in my absence. It really reduces the amount of questions I have to field while I am away.
David Wagner
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6/26/2015 | 1:58:20 PM
Re: Vacation...had to get away...
@vmewman2- Well, I hope you enjoyed the vacation anyway. Sorry for the timing. I go on vacation in a couple of weeks so I just gave away my playbook to my boss. :)
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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6/26/2015 | 1:50:42 PM
Re: Vacation...had to get away...
Talking to your boss really helps a lot. Although some things might happen unexpectedly and you have to continue working in your vacation days as well, but the things are quickly solved because of the flexibility with your boss that you showed before going for a vacation. "I know XYZ things may cause problems but if you need me at the most emergency, I'm there, if not the other guys can take care of your problems."
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