Two weeks ago we talked about the importance of taking a true break when on vacation. I was intrigued to read a story in last week's Boston Globe which reported an increasing trend in executives unplugging while on vacation. The article cited a recent survey of 1,400 CFOs, half of whom do not check in with the office during vacation. They reported this is twice the number that stayed unplugged two years ago.
A Growing Realization
The Globe states this is a, "realization by some that the need to stay connected to work can become an addiction–and can take a toll on people's health, productivity and families."
Corey Thomas, president of Boston IT security company Rapid7 says disconnecting while out of the office is good for his family and also his employees. He says, "It sends a strong message to your team if you believe that everything falls apart if you're not there. It does demonstrate a lack of confidence."
Are You Wearing Yourself Down?
Tracy Sinclair, vice president of global marketing for the Boston staffing firm Aquent, just returned from her first disconnected vacation in 10 years. She says that during past vacations she checked her smartphone so frequently, it felt as if she had never left.
She says, "Even if I wasn't responding, I was constantly seeing the e-mails coming in, and I don't think we realize how much that wears us down."
Enjoy The Rest of Your Summer
During the waning weeks of Summer, try to take some time (even if only over the weekend or during an evening) to disconnect from the office. You'll be in good company with other unplugged executives and you'll return to the office more productive.
How do you unplug?
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All my best,
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