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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:15 AM

How Bosses Are Ruining Family Vacations

Vacations are supposed to be a time for workers to unwind and unplug from the daily routine, just donít tell that to your boss. New research has found that more and more bosses are expecting their employees to work while on vacation.

Overall, 54 percent of workers say their boss expects them to work while on vacation.

That trend has some serious consequences for workers. Namely, it is affecting the health and personal lives of employees. Workers who are not able to relax while on vacation risk suffering burnout, not to mention problems at home.

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"It seems employees are actually working harder when they're on vacation than when they're in the office," Campbell said. "This means both employers and employees end up paying the price of working vacations, and it doesn't have to be this way. It shouldn't be this way. Either we manage our technology or it manages us."

http://news.yahoo.com/bosses-ruining-family-vacations-100930656.html

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Sherman A1 Jun 2013 OP
ret5hd Jun 2013 #1
pipoman Jun 2013 #2
Sherman A1 Jun 2013 #4
LiberalFighter Jun 2013 #3
madrchsod Jun 2013 #5
LiberalFighter Jun 2013 #9
pipoman Jun 2013 #6
exboyfil Jun 2013 #7
LiberalEsto Jun 2013 #8

Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:27 AM

1. Ooops...dammit, dropped my cell in the lake....again.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:30 AM

2. Vacation?

 

In the last 2 1/2 years I have had one working vacation. It was with a co-worker, not my family. They paid for most everything. I am currently in the midst of a pretty severe case of burn-out.

Some of this is self inflicted, but mostly my responsibilities at work can't be covered by available staff..too little staff, stretched too thin..

I made up my mind last week that I'm going to use 5 days (of my accumulated 200+ hrs of pto) next month...hopefully it will help my relationship with my wife (it's not bad, just been in the grind for too long and we are both irritable) and I will be in a better place when I get back..

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Response to pipoman (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:49 AM

4. Precisely

You need to take the time off and unplug from work. I believe that you are doing yourself and your employer no good by burning yourself out. As to the too much work and not enough staff (or the do more with less and less and less mantra). They employer can jolly well hire some more folks to get the job done and done right. They will continue to use you and use you up if you don't put and end to it.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:45 AM

3. Which jobs are possible that workers can also work away from the job?

Mgmt & sales?

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:02 AM

5. yup...

i doubt anyone who worked on the floor would even take a call from their employer while on vacation.

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:15 PM

9. Or there be anything they can do that was work-related.

Articles like these are as if this happens to most workers. When I worked in the factory I was never called for anything. But when I was on temporary assignment other than 2 instances I never was called during non working days. One instance I was called while at a staff meeting out of state and they had me fly back to do the task. Another time I had just completed a task that was an over niter and they had to break into my hotel room cause I was conked out from lack of sleep. I had the door chained.

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:10 AM

6. More and more all the time..

 

data entry, clerical jobs in general..a legal secretary I know had to type dictation while on vacation..the lawyer recorded it digitally and put it on their server for her.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:31 AM

7. When I was in sales I

was at Universal Studios and other places taking calls from my customers. Since going back into engineering I have neither a cell phone nor a laptop. I totally unplug when I am not in the office (in a major downturn I will probably be the first thrown overboard but I give my 50 hrs/wk most of the year - that is sufficient). My vacation time is my own time, and I do not live in fear of losing my job on this account (of course my daughters are almost grown, I have cash in a savings account, and my material expectations are small). If I had a young family with a mortgage in a town I would not be in without the job, then my fear factor would be high (been there, done that).

With the recent decisions about interns, I wonder if labor law will start looking at this at well. Sales and engineering employees probably would not have a case, but transcribers etc??

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:02 AM

8. ...and weekends

 

My husband works in IT. Long hours all week, then MORE hours on the weekends.
They never get a chance to thoroughly relax and forget about work for a couple of days. Corporations want to work people to death.

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