We've all done it. Sworn to stay completely uncoupled from the office during a vacation, only to check email and get drawn into a work issue -- going from relaxed to tensed up in minutes.
While most IT professionals appreciate the need for a healthier work/life balance, many still struggle to disconnect while on vacation. But new research shows that the tide is turning -- techies at all levels are feeling less pressure to be connected to work during their downtime.
A recent TEKsystems survey of more than 1,000 IT professionals indicates that organizations are making adjustments to ensure that employees can achieve a more satisfactory work/life balance. And the numbers bear this out: Among the entry- and midlevel workers polled by the IT staffing firm, 85% reported that they aren't expected to be available at any time during their vacations, up from 74% in 2014. The change was even more significant for senior personnel: 83% of those respondents said they aren't expected to make themselves available while they're on vacation, up from a mere 30% last year.
While those statistics are encouraging, many people still struggle to find that balance. Here are a few tips from IT professionals who have learned how to make vacation time really work.
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