Does anyone in IT truly relax on vacation?

Real getaways for IT pros? Not. Here's how IT managers manage themselves on vacation

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Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin, the CEO and executive director at Tribe, an internal communications agency, said that many employees will stay connected unless they are encouraged to do otherwise.

"When employees stay vigilantly aware and engaged 24/7, especially in the age of constant digital connection, it keeps them in a state of high alert," said Baskin. "And that keeps them from getting the necessary time to relax and recharge so they can return to work the next day or week energized and replenished."

Kyri Sarantakos, vice president of engineering at the online job-matching services TheLadders, said that at his company, when someone is on vacation they make sure that another person can cover the responsibilities.

"We like to avoid a single point of failure," he said. Sarantakos' approach is to keep vacation work disruptions to as little as possible. With the exception of a critical hiring decision, for instance, he will not dial into a conference call.

TheLadders has a flexible and unlimited vacation policy, and the company encourages employees "to use this time to recharge and find renewed energy and enthusiasm for the work ahead," Sarantakos said.

Pierluigi Stella, CTO of Network Box USA, a managed security services firm, has two perspectives, one that applies for himself and another for the people he manages. "I cannot spend a whole day detached from the office without wanting to know what's going on," Stella told Computerworld. "My vacations, few and far in between, are always in places where cellular phones work."

But while Stella will stay in touch with the business, he has a different view for the people he manages. "If they are in vacation, they are in vacation, and I expect them to be detached and unavailable as much as possible," he said.

Patrick Thibodeau covers cloud computing and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Follow Patrick on Twitter at  @DCgov or subscribe to Patrick's RSS feed . His e-mail address is pthibodeau@computerworld.com.

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