Vacation time is time spent away from your everyday life. It’s taken to allow you to rest and recharge.
According to Human Resource professionals, employees who take time off to enjoy their vacations are more productive, perform better, and experience increased levels of job satisfaction. Despite the benefits that vacation time presents, research shows that about 54% of Americans don’t go on vacation.
Technology has brought with it the need for most people to be constantly connected and on their different devices – phones, laptops, or tablets – around the clock. This has created dependency-syndrome and an assumption that both employees and their employers must be available all day, every day.
While to you the above may mean an occasional email check and response, to someone else it’s plugging away at projects. These people constantly make calls to the office to ensure that operations are running smoothly and are available to chat online if needed. A poll run by TripAdvisor revealed that about 77% of Americans worked while on vacation, compared to countries like Germany, Brazil, and Australia, where the figures stood at 40 percent.
People want to be plugged in despite being on holiday.
Although you might think that you have a little extra time to spare, while you’re away, there is overwhelming evidence that doing work, while you’re on vacation, negatively impacts your job performance before you leave and after you return.
Working through your vacations can do the following things:
1) Causes health problems.
Employees who work through their vacations are more likely to suffer a myriad of health problems. One such problem is suffering from mental health issues (most notably anxiety, stress, or depression).
2) Decreases your work output.
In a workplace, your productivity is measured by the products and services you work to provide your consumers. When you return from a vacation you did work on, you do not come back with the refreshment you needed by working your schedule around your time off. Instead, you come back worried, uptight, and, worst of all, burned out. Burnout is a very real work ailment that workers get, and working through vacations will surely help you get there.
3) Tells your colleagues you don’t trust them, and they also have to work on vacation.
If you choose to work while you’re on vacation, you indirectly communicate to your colleagues that (1) you don’t trust them to get the job done and (2) that they will also have to work through their vacations when it comes time. You will also communicate to them that the company has no solid way of making sure your work is properly covered in your absence, leading to even more work-related stress.
4) Strains your relationships.
Many vacations are defined by quality time spent with loved ones. By taking your precious and, often, expensive vacation time to work tells your loved ones that work is their number one priority, period. This puts strains on relationships, will probably worsen your enjoyment of the trip, and worsen your loved one’s enjoyment on the trip.
5) Strains your reputation.
This type of vacationing results in you pushing out low-quality, rushed-through work. Doing this type of work is not keeping your customer in mind. When that begins to happen, your superiors start viewing you as incompetent and unreliable.
Taking time off and spending it working is a clear indication that you are a workaholic. Although some employers will love your dedication, you’ll end up with no work-life-balance, and you may find that in the future, you are not satisfied with the life you created. Each human being has a deep need for a life outside of work that doesn’t revolve around work.