This weekend, the 4th of July holiday is upon us, and among the many traditions associated with this weekend- fireworks, barbeques, baseball – it is also quite common to see employees plan their vacations around this time of the year. With the kids out of school and a holiday weekend, there will be plenty of cars on the roads heading out of town. In fact, AAA says there will be 17% more cars on the road this year than for the 4th of July weekend in 2009.
With vacation comes the difficult task of turning off your phone and leaving your work behind while we spend time with our families. For some, it’s easy to close up shop and not worry about anything until returning back to the desk after the long weekend. But for others, especially government officials, it can be hard to turn it all off and enjoy the vacation.
As I’ve stated previously, I am a huge proponent of teleworking, and I’ve been lucky enough to telework for most of the past eight years with HP. And despite the rejection of the telework bill in the house of representatives this spring, I think that there is still evidence that government workers support teleworking and want to make it a reality. Still, working remotely can blur the line a bit between your personal time and your time at work, and can make you feel the need to be connected wherever you are.
In years past, we were always a phone call away if trouble arose while on vacation – but with the increase of smart phones, we are now forced to ignore our phones entirely in order to get away, lest we be troubled by the ding of incoming email. Vacation is about getting away from some of the stressful day-to-day routines of work. However, sometimes getting away still means staying connected.
So, what are your plans for the getaway weekend? Are you planning to survive the traffic and get out of town? If so, do you plan on tele-vacationing, or will you be able to fully ignore the Blackberry in your pocket and focus on the blackberry pie served with your hot dogs and corn-on-the-cob?