Do you still work while on vacation?

Are you a vacation faker? You might be if you take work with you, or stay in daily touch with the office while supposedly on paid vacation.

According to a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, 54 percent of workers said they typically check in with the office at least once or twice a week during their vacation. About 15 percent of workers surveyed say they touch base at least once or twice a day. Their reasons for doing so include gaining peace of mind that things were under control, keeping projects moving along, avoiding extra work when they return and preventing colleagues from feeling undue stress.

It is important, however, that you unplug while on vacation. Here are four ways to encourage this, according to Accountemps:

Promote the benefits of taking vacation

Managers should encourage their teams to disconnect during their time off to reap the full advantages of time away.

Let colleagues know

Once your vacation request has been approved, give key contacts advanced notice about your time off. Wrap up projects and appoint a team member to handle your daily tasks in your absence. If you plan to truly disconnect, make it clear to your manager and team.

Set boundaries

If you feel compelled to check in, set a schedule for the brief times you'll be accessible and note it in your out-of-office reply. Try to avoid checking email outside of those hours so you can rest and recharge.

Get back on track

Upon your return, schedule a quick meeting with your manager or team to get caught up on what you may have missed and what projects are priorities.

At Travis Credit Union, we are committed to our employees’ success and understand the importance of a healthy work-life balance. Learn more about what it’s like working at Travis by visiting our Careers section. We have various positions available at our branches and corporate offices. Apply today!

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