After returning from two-week off, I have new thoughts on e-mail free vacations. They are good while the last. But when you return, you pay. Big time.
The task of sorting through more than 3,000 e-mails clogging up my Inbox when I returned was challenging and time-consuming. But by not mentally checking in, I actually relaxed. My husband, on the other hand, checked his every day. Although he claims he relaxed on vacation, but I could tell from his body language that he didn't get the mental break that I enjoyed.
In May, CareerBuilder came out with a survey that said 25 percent of all workers plan to stay in touch with work via e-mail while on vacation this year. It noted that the trend was growing. In his post on the Workforce blog, Making the case for e-mail free vacation , John Hollan calls it a troubling trend. Columnist Mike Cassidy of the San Jose Mercury News recently went on vacation and made a personal pledge to himself to “check out from work without checking in. He found it was so worth it. Cassidy makes this point: Way too much of the e-mail we deal with each day is pure, unadulterated crap that doesn’t really help us to do our jobs any better. He says, “I’ve scanned the first few lines of the e-mail that I let pile up. Two-thirds of it is junk."
I have to agree with him on that.
Were you able to get away this summer? Did you completely unplug, and was it worth it? Or did you peek at e-mail while away?