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Workers Often Pack Flip-Flops and Laptops During Summer Getaways, CareerBuilder Survey Finds Enjoying Vacation Requires Workplace Planning

RESTON, Va., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In a rough-and-tumble economy demanding the highest levels of worker productivity, workers often find themselves juggling work and fun during well-earned vacation time. Forty percent of workers say they stay in touch with work when on vacation and 22 percent say their companies expect them to stay in contact, according to a new CareerBuilder poll of more than 3,000 respondents.

"It's today's reality -- work often gets in the way of vacation fun in the sun," said Kate Dawson, a career expert with CareerBuilder. "Managed properly, nothing recharges the mind and body like a vacation -- a benefit for both employers and employees. However, vacations can be a source of more stress if time away isn't pre-planned."

Pleasure or Pressure?

For most workers, vacations are meaningful and beneficial breaks from normal work routines. Ninety-nine percent said vacations help them relieve stress and maintain good health. When returning to work from vacation, 51 percent said they are "re-energized and ready to get back to work." However, 22 percent say they are "depressed about the job and being back at work" and 14 percent say they return "daydreaming about the vacation and distracted from work."

"While you're gone, deadlines continue to loom. It's vitally important to tie up loose ends before you leave. That way you can completely enjoy your vacation, without worries. That's the healthiest way to go on vacation."

On Vacation?
To minimize work interruptions and maximize opportunities for relaxation, Dawson urges vacationing workers to:
* Give plenty of notice about vacation dates.
* Brainstorm with key team members and vendors for ways to handle any breakdowns, questions or issues that could arise while your out.
* Establish a single, reliable mode of communication -- e-mail, voicemail or cell phone, for example -- and make it clear when and how often you'll be checking in.
* Leave an emergency contact number if your job is mission critical.
* Minimize work distractions by establishing designated check-in times while on vacation.

"It's important to be a team player," Dawson said, "but it's also essential to allow yourself to get completely away from work worries. The best strategy is to leave for vacation with processes in place to handle disruptions. That way, you won't have work doubts hanging over your head the whole time your away."

Handy Tools
Wireless devices and voice mail have made it simple for workers and employers to stay in touch during breaks. Workers say they are most likely to use company voice mail (66 percent), work e-mail (54 percent) or via a cell phone, pager or some other mobile device (47 percent).

"The trick is not to let communications devices open the floodgates that will turn a vacation day into a regular workday," Dawson added. "Let people know when you'll be checking e-mail or voice mail and establish times when you will be available to minimize disruptions."

The CareerBuilder vacation poll was conducted during May 2001. A total of 3,263 respondents participated in the poll that was published in Career News, CareerBuilder's monthly e-mail newsletter that is sent to more than one million career-minded professionals each month.

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