Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

With the summer in full swing, the holiday is in the minds – and calendars – of most of us. So much so that it is one of the three main advantages that professionals expect when looking for a new job.

Almost 75% of professionals would reject a job offer if holiday policies did not meet their expectations, according to the new LinkedIn study published today. Regardless, almost half (46%) of the professionals admit that they did not take their entire vacation time last year and point to reasons such as too much work (38%) or having no one to fill in for them (28%).

And what about those who put on their OOO? Almost two-thirds of professionals admit that they check in during their absence, 82% email Zers or take calls while on leave.

So, if you go to the rest of the summer, how do you make sure you take a necessary break? Here are a few ideas…..

Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

Help your work BFF. Your colleagues are there to help you – a team is a team for a reason. If your group is not structured in such a way that you have a built-in support staff member, you should consider tapping a colleague and planning to cover for each other when it’s time to disconnect.

Schedule, Schedule, Schedule, Schedule. Plan ahead and talk to your supervisor about a good time to take a break. Lay the groundwork well in advance so you can take some time off and make sure you also plan important projects and schedules for your absence. Do not allow yourself to panic the day before a break.

Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

Hold back the urge to press Send. You probably have access to your inbox no matter where you are in the world, but be prepared not to turn on while you are away. Because you have prepared your team in advance, you know they are aware of your ongoing projects and able to make decisions. In fact, interfering with a one-time email is likely to mean more work for them. You don’t have to delete your Outlook app all together, but you should disable the notifications so you won’t be notified every time you receive an email.

Microcondition it! If you really can’t get away for a longer break this summer, it doesn’t mean you have to miss the fun and relaxation altogether. In fact, consider planning a few long weekends in a place that gives you the feeling that you are really getting away.

According to a new study by Allianz Global Assistance, 51% of Americans have not taken a vacation for over a year, a third took their last vacation more than two years ago.

Aren’t you sure if you can really get out of your current job? Maybe you should consider moving to a company with a culture that encourages employees to use their PTOs. With 20 million jobs on LinkedIn, you’re sure to find a job with the right holiday policies and culture for you.

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