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Working while on vacation

Working while on vacation

A recent survey shows that 49% of employed Americans admitted to working for an hour or more a day while on vacation, and 25% work more than three hours each day on paid time off.

This sort of distracted time off essentially cancels the purpose of spending time off the clock.

Another survey states that only 26% of workers used all their paid time off, and over 25% don't feel rejuvenated after their vacations.

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Benefits of vacation

Vacations can do wonders for people’s mental health and well-being.

  • People who take vacations are at less risk for cardiovascular problems and other life-shortening factors, like depressive symptoms.
  • The level of vacation restfulness is dependent on how we feel before and after our time away from work.

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What to avoid during a vacation

What to avoid during a vacation

  • Working during a vacation. Resist peeking at your inbox. Put clear boundaries between your work responsibilities and personal time.
  • Keeping your notifications on. Notifications cause worry and distraction, interrupting your peaceful time off.
  • Not taking enough time off. Research suggests it takes around a week to feel truly detached from work.
  • Neglecting to plan before your vacation. Practice good pre-vacation protocol by meeting most of your vacation week’s deadlines in advance. Set a good out-of-office message.

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