In my last Monday tip, I suggested asking a co-worker about their best vacation ever as a way of starting a fun, positive conversation.
But this may not always uncover happy memories. Lynn wrote a comment saying:
I’m 34, and haven’t had a real vacation since my childhood vacations with my parents.
The only way I manage to take an entire week off at a time (I work in IT) is when I’m able to schedule a week or two of “unemployment” between jobs, and in those periods, spending money on a trip is not wise.
I’m tied to my email/pager even on weekends and holidays and on the scattered “vacation” days I can take. Most Americans only get 2-3 weeks of combined sick and vacation time in any case, and professionals are expected to read email and be available, even on their days “off”.
I wonder how many people are able to have a real vacation these days!
I also wonder how many people are in similar straits – too busy to take vacations, even if they really need one.
So let me ask you: How do you do it? How do you manage to take a real, undisturbed vacation where you don’t spend much of your time answering work emails, carrying the company’s cell phone or just plain worrying about work?
I think this is a vital skill in today’s work environment so if you have a good idea, write a comment, I’d really like to know how you do it!