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VACATION CHALLENGE: Can You Survive Without Checking Your Work Messages?

Posted on: June 20th, 2013 | Category: Employee Relations, Human Resources, News & Media, Our Blog

Disconnected from work during yourvacations? Gold star for you!OK, fess up. How many times do you check your work email during vacation?

Once a week?

Every other day?


Twice daily?


Anyone who does not check their work email, voicemail or texts at all during their vacations, please raise your hand. We are awarding you a virtual gold star for health-promoting, enjoyment-boosting common sense.

The rest of you, please check out a recent article a Lehigh Valley Business entitled “‘Can you here me now?’—Going to the third world to escape the real world”. It’s a great first-person account of one writer’s case of VDDS—vacation disconnect deficiency syndrome.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We totally made that condition up, people, so don’t try to pass that off as a reason for needing a handicap parking permit or anything like that, please. HR humor, it’s an acquired taste.)

The article laments that it has almost become expected for people to make themselves available electronically when on vacation. myHR Partner’s President, Tina Hamilton, PHR, however, voiced her disagreement with this way of thinking.

Not all companies expect constant contact, however. Tina Hamilton, president of hireVision [now myHR Parnter] in Allentown, said her [team members] aren’t expected to respond to emails while on vacation.

“We actually have a company policy against it,” she said. “We feel vacation is an investment of the company in the rejuvenation of our employees.”

Click here to read the whole article.

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