It’s holiday time – will you be taking a break?

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Many people are off on their annual summer holidays this month so will be tackling the vexed question of what to do about work emails and calls.

25 years ago it was very unusual to have any contact with work outside office hours however senior the employee. Today many of us expect to monitor work calls and emails in evenings and weekends. But what about annual holidays?

In this day of 24/7 contact can you, indeed should you, desert the office for two weeks without so much as checking your emails let alone responding to them? And if you do, how will you feel when you return to the office with an in-box overflowing with hundreds of emails?

I know many people check and respond to their messages constantly whether they are on holiday or not. Others check them daily. Some only deal with the urgent. Others reply as if they were in the office. At least they don’t have the problem of the big in-box to return to. But are they shortchanging themselves and their families on getting the proper break they need and deserve?

Should we actually be a bit more decisive and either delegate or postpone work so we can have a complete absence of work when on holiday? Would this be good for us not only on holiday but bring us back to work refreshed and ready to tackle new things?

A report today on the bbc website suggested an out of office sabbatical might actually be good for us.

What do you think? Have you found the ideal solution?

Let me know what you think…