Can't disconnect on vacation? These IT pros offer their hard-earned tips

More IT professionals are reducing work activity and enjoying their vacation time. But it takes planning and resolve to completely unplug.

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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