Summer vacation: Isn’t it great? Except it is not what it used to be. We are either expected by our employers and clients to somehow remain accessible and productive 24/7 while we’re “off,” or we put that pressure on ourselves. Or we’re in the middle of a job search and don’t want to lose precious momentum or appear not to be serious.
Taking needed vacation time in order to relax and recharge can be especially difficult for those working in IT. A Computerworld piece that is filled with seriously depressing anecdotes about IT folks working through vacation cites a 2014 TEKsystems survey that “found that 47% of senior IT professionals are expected to be available 24x7 while on vacation (up from 44% in 2013), compared to 18% of entry- to mid-level IT professionals (a decrease from 20% in 2013).”
Here are ideas from IT Business Edge and elsewhere for how to manage the expectations, stress, extra duties and communication challenges that your wonderful vacation now brings.