Is it possible to truly unplug for the sake of a good vacation?

business_vacation One month. That’s all you have left until the unofficial end of summer. Until CPE season kicks into high gear, which will then launch you straight into tax time or other pressing deadline. So if you’re still waiting to take that summer get-a-way, then you’d better get a move on.

Oh wait, did I mention that you have to leave the work behind? Sorry to break it to you, but the beach is not your office. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: You’ll be a more productive worker with a little time off to recharge. Consider it a favor to your boss, coworkers, friends, family and even yourself.

Not only does taking a little R&R increase your productivity, it might also prevent you from being one of the 3,500 statistics in a recent Microsoft study on working outside of the office. According to this article from, business trips aren’t the only time people work on the road:

“The most common provisional workplaces, at 37%, are wherever the family happens to be vacationing. A surprising number admitted to toiling in grocery stores (10%) and parks (10%). Some couldn’t manage to put the BlackBerry down while camping (4%) or, no joke, at a funeral (1%).

Men apparently find it harder to put aside work: 43% of them said they worked during family vacations, compared with 31% of women. But please, guys, put away the laptop while you’re on the can – 12% of men confessed to working in the restroom.”

In a time that might have some people worried about job security or who feel that the office just cannot function without them, a survey on workload conducted by WFD Consulting found that even with the improving economy, workloads for employees and managers continue to increase and the stress is taking its toll.

While completely shutting down from the office might not be feasible (a CareerBuilder survey revealed that 49% of employers surveyed expect employees to check in while away), it is important to prepare as much as you can in advance so that you can stop worrying about what’s happening at the office and keep your check-ins as just that, a check-in to deal with what’s most important.


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