Way to Respect the Vacation
I take vacations to get away from work. To spend more time with my family, enjoy the lake, or play camp counselor for a week in my favorite Michigan summer camp. But I have always struggled with the idea of going completely offline, because I know I’ll return to a stuffed inbox and tons of work to catch up on.
Blogger and researcher danah boyd takes a more disciplined stance: she has all email deleted during her vacation. Nothing gets through. She starts and finishes her vacation with inbox zero. And she lets everyone know ahead of time, as well as with a custom bounce message if somebody does email her.
As a manager, I have often called people during their vacations and had them work. Not always for real emergencies, either. I feel bad about it, every single time.
I salute your discipline, danah. Next time I’m pushed to call someone who’s earned that precious time off, I’ll remember your dedication to the vacation and its true purpose.