It’s amazing and disappointing that people do not know how to enjoy and relax on their holidays. They take their work mobiles with them, deliberately do not activate their out of office assistant yet tell their secretaries to tell anybody who asks for them that they are on holiday. Does that count as a holiday? It is acceptable that for some professions being available 24-7 is absolutely unavoidable but there should be limits. Holidays are designed for people to de-stress, and forget about the work. This is ‘me’ time to spend, on your own, with family, friends. Holidays are part of your employment contract and they are designed to be of benefit to you. There is no benefit to you if you are busy checking your work emails on the hotel sun lounger. But there are still ways you can both enjoy your holiday and keep up with work if you absolutely have to.
Use the Out of Office Assistant Properly – Do not just use the Out of Office to simply say that you are not going to be in the office. If you are going to a business meeting, say that you are going to a meeting, and tell others your schedule if need be so that they can call you at the appropriate time.
Specify Emergency Contact Details – If you are needed by your company in a business emergency and you are not carrying your work mobile with you, have a system in place that tells the company how to reach you should the worse happen.
Complete Pending Work – Try to complete any outstanding tasks before you go on your holiday. Do not leave any unfinished business. Even if you do, try to delegate in order to keep the momentum going so that projects stay on track. This way, your mind will be clear and you will be safe in the knowledge that you have things under control.