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Why Your “Work Hard, Play Hard” Vacation Is Not a Good Idea

Why Your “Work Hard, Play Hard” Vacation Is Not a Good Idea

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  • A good read before you head out for your summer vacation. According to one study, one-third of Americans choose their vacation spots based on being able to stay connected. This combination of business and leisure — yielding the regrettable word “bleisure” — is not a welcome trend. Working on vacation

    A good read before you head out for your summer vacation. According to one study, one-third of Americans choose their vacation spots based on being able to stay connected. This combination of business and leisure — yielding the regrettable word “bleisure” — is not a welcome trend. Working on vacation is a recipe for burnout. It’s not good for you and it’s not good for your job. So let’s rebuild those walls between work and play.

  • Working while on vacation is a lose-lose situation. You are not engaged enough to make sound decisions at work and you don’t get the rest or creativity rejuvenation you wanted from a vacation. Worst if you’re on vacation with family and friends and not being present for the memory.

    I had a manager who

    Working while on vacation is a lose-lose situation. You are not engaged enough to make sound decisions at work and you don’t get the rest or creativity rejuvenation you wanted from a vacation. Worst if you’re on vacation with family and friends and not being present for the memory.

    I had a manager who always worked and checked-in during vacations. The manager ended up create more work for the team as things were moving quickly. Ever since then, I vowed to not do that to my teams. I always tell my leaders that if you really can’t even get away for a few days, that may say something about your ability to delegate or knowledge-sharing with the rest of the team. I love seeing people coming back from vacation feeling refresh and with new ideas.

  • Tough call for today’s workers to make. I can relate to wanting to stay plugged in. Unfortunately, things move so fast today that I’d rather keep up with my inbox at a leisurely pace than come back and be way out of the loop.

    Is it just a sign of the times, or is this trend avoidable?

  • I think there's a difference between working via conference calls, email exchanges, etc on vacation which I agree is a horrible idea. However, I love waking up early on vacation and hanging out some writing or a few lingering obligations before putting my laptop away for the day and then being able to

    I think there's a difference between working via conference calls, email exchanges, etc on vacation which I agree is a horrible idea. However, I love waking up early on vacation and hanging out some writing or a few lingering obligations before putting my laptop away for the day and then being able to return to work without quite as much piled on my desk.

  • "There is still value in setting boundaries with technology and getting our time back, allowing us move from 'time well spent' to 'time well invested'."

    This is such valuable advice. I find myself struggling at times to unplug from work so I can truly recharge. Between texts, social media, e-mail, and

    "There is still value in setting boundaries with technology and getting our time back, allowing us move from 'time well spent' to 'time well invested'."

    This is such valuable advice. I find myself struggling at times to unplug from work so I can truly recharge. Between texts, social media, e-mail, and the ability to telework in certain capacities, fully unplugging can be exceedingly difficult. Remaining plugged into work diminishes the ability to recharge by fully plugging into vacation time, so unplugging is a high priority for me.

  • I know many people who stay connected by their little phone tether while on vacation or even just an extended weekend, and to me it just seemed like they were responsible employees and business owners, dedicated to their work. I can see however that its a way to “plug in to check out physically” a very

    I know many people who stay connected by their little phone tether while on vacation or even just an extended weekend, and to me it just seemed like they were responsible employees and business owners, dedicated to their work. I can see however that its a way to “plug in to check out physically” a very strange concept for many reasons. I look forward to checking out in any and all forms of communication possible while i’m on vacation or just off work for more than 3 days. To each his own but personally i’d rather not continue to shorten my life with the anxiety of a job you don’t have to take home in the first place.

  • Essence of your task must be recognized.

    Spending in the fresh enviroment will boost up the creativity and refresh your mind.High motivetion is good for your favorite of task.

    However boring or want- procrastination task will soon ruin your leisure time.

  • I totally can relate. There's always a part of us that feels will should connect with the outside world rather than having the actual break from life. Most times, you'd notice you don't end up enjoying the vacation as much as you wanted, and it feels like you did nothing all through. If truly, you wanna

    I totally can relate. There's always a part of us that feels will should connect with the outside world rather than having the actual break from life. Most times, you'd notice you don't end up enjoying the vacation as much as you wanted, and it feels like you did nothing all through. If truly, you wanna go on vacation, be prepared to shut yourself out from media, technology and work. That way, work hard, play hard could be achieved.

  • Work/play divide is blurring. Is this good or bad?

    Work hard, play hard philosophy good or bad?

    Personality, I’d rather work hard and chill at home in downtime rather than work hard play hard. Just want to relax at home rather than go on vacation. But vacations can also be a real learning and growing

    Work/play divide is blurring. Is this good or bad?

    Work hard, play hard philosophy good or bad?

    Personality, I’d rather work hard and chill at home in downtime rather than work hard play hard. Just want to relax at home rather than go on vacation. But vacations can also be a real learning and growing experience that can help people move out of their comfort zone.

  • I 💙 working on vacation.