carmenlu15
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Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:42 am

So, my boss took a week off work for a much-needed rest, and upon her return she found over 300 messages in her mailbox, mostly about things that should have been done but weren't done. Needless to say, she's not a happy camper, and most employees who slacked off the week before are overworked at the moment (luckily, not me).

Does work get done when you're away, or does it build up awaiting your return?
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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:46 am

For me it's even worse... I do some work even while on vacation. I just can't get off that stupid computer. Probably somewhere inside me I actually like what I do, otherwise I wouldn't do it.

But yes, there are things that just build up waiting for my return, which is bad, but that's how it works.

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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:52 am

When I worked in a workgroup where that was an issue, an acting manager was always assigned. They had full authority and expectation that they would be 'the manager' during the duration. It worked well and as a rule, not too many nasty surprises when I'd get back from VC. It got abused though by senior mgmt, instead of replacing a manager who'd left for good, they'd assign an 'acting' and not have to increase salary, etc.
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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:03 am

Now that I've got a Blackberry, I've found that my work pretty much follows me around. And since it's got internet capabilities, it seems that a.net follows me around, as well...

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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:06 am

For me, the answer is yes, the work does get done. My company has a 'buddy' system in place, whereby at least two people know everything there is to know about each other's jobs, the status of projects, the priorities etc. Whenever anyone goes on vacation, we have a 'hand-over' meeting, where every person involved in the project(s), including the customer, attends a conference, the project manager briefs the group, sets target goals and deadlines for while he/she is gone, and delegates the tasks. When the project manager returns, there is a 'hand-back' meeting, and the process is reversed.

It works great. Since working for my company, I've taken four vacations, each lasting at least 10 days, and every time I get back to just a handful of 'FYI' type emails and an empty voicemail. This is good because when I go on vacation, I leave my blackberry and my laptop at home. If I worked while I was on vacation, Mrs. IFEMaster wouldn't be too happy!
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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:06 am

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Thread starter):
Does work get done when you're away, or does it build up awaiting your return?

Now not as bad, but it used to be, which is one of the reasons we changed the email system in our office so that regardless of who the email is addressed to, it comes into anyones machine who has emails open. That way there is no excuse that no-one has checked the absent persons messages, and more importantly ACTED on them if required.
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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:06 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 3):
Now that I've got a Blackberry, I've found that my work pretty much follows me around.

which is why you should leave it at home - what sort of holiday is it if people can pester you when you should be relaxing
 
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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:18 am

I never leave home without my laptop and 3G card, and my wife doesn't mind. She sleeps till at least 9am when we are on holiday and I am usually up by 6 so I check my mail and sort out problems without it impacting on the holiday. I prefer that to going back to hundreds of emails after a 3 week break.
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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:23 am

Quoting Andz (Reply 7):

My choice? I'll take the 300 emails on my return. I don't even want my damn mobile on when I'm on holiday. I was seriously dissapointed to learn that my basic Vodafone Nokia worked perfectly well in Dubai and Pakistan on roaming!!
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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 6:14 am

Did you guys see the picture of me in Cancun with the laptop? I logged into a.net after taking care of some work. I think I worked about 12 hrs. there.

Why?

The type of work that we do doesnt end at the end of the day. If you didnt get it done today, there is tomorrow, which then pushes another project away. And by the time you are back from vacation, there is so much shit to do, that you wished you hadnt gone.

My solution is to grab my trusty laptop, load it with several jobs, and work while the kids and wife are asleep. I find it does two things: 1 hr. work is 1 less hr. I take of vacation and 2) 1 hr. that I dont have to do when I get back.
 
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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 9:24 am

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Thread starter):
Does work get done when you're away, or does it build up awaiting your return?

For me, it's about 50/50. Critical tasks are handed off to someone else while I'm away. Other tasks either wait for my return or I try to get caught up before I leave.
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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:52 am

today is my first day back in 2 weeks and I had around 90 emails waiting for me. Luckily most of my work goes into a communal mail box and other members of my team can pick up the slack when one person is away.
 
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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:40 pm

Quoting Andz (Reply 7):
I never leave home without my laptop and 3G card, and my wife doesn't mind. She sleeps till at least 9am when we are on holiday and I am usually up by 6 so I check my mail and sort out problems without it impacting on the holiday



Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 9):
The type of work that we do doesnt end at the end of the day. If you didnt get it done today, there is tomorrow, which then pushes another project away. And by the time you are back from vacation, there is so much shit to do, that you wished you hadnt gone.

Newsbreak guys its called vacation..Can't say that I every heard that someone was a good worker when they die young...Remember there is no such thing as loyal employer, they somewhere down the line will find a reason to rid itself of the workforce.

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 8):

My choice? I'll take the 300 emails on my return. I don't even want my damn mobile on when I'm on holiday

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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:47 pm

Quoting AirCop (Reply 12):
Someone that knows how to enjoy themselves

Definitely!

For my boss, the idea of traveling was getting away from office routine at least for a week. Before her trip, she told me she had activated roaming in her phone and was carrying it, "but don't call me unless it's extremely urgent!"

When my boss was away, her boss wanted to use her laptop internet card (which was at her home), so he requested that I called her. I told him she wasn't going to answer anyway, but he insisted; luckily, the call didn't go through. After much insistence, I finally sent her an e-mail, knowing she wouldn't read it anyway.

Said and done: she read my message only upon her return yesterday. Don't tell me I didn't tell you...
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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:11 pm

Well, everything important I try to finish beforehand. I take my laptop, but almost always go to some remote location where it is very difficult to reach me, so maybe once during the week I can go into the nearest town, find a place with WiFi, and see if I've been canned yet. Except for last year when I had to be down the mountain at 0630 for a conference call with the VPs. How I got into that as a first year customer service rep, got no idea (bosses must have said, "Hey, he's young, he must know technological stuff, we'll put him on this project!").

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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:16 pm

Yes,
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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:53 am

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 9):
The type of work that we do doesnt end at the end of the day

My company supplies life-support healthcare equipment and I would worry more on holiday about what was going on if I wasn't in contact. I didn't get where I am by being a clock-watching slackass.
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RE: Getting Work Done While On Vacation

Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:33 am

for all you workaholics out there I recommend reading a book I just read called "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom ( that is assuming that any of you actually permit yourselves the 'luxury' of reading ) it certainly helps you to think about your priorities .

I don't think anyone has ever said on their deathbed "I wish I had spent more time at the office and less time with my family"

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