What does that mean to you? Is it a complete break, or are you such a control person that “checking in” every day is part of your vacation?
It may stoke your ego to feel so important that the business cannot function without you. Is that really a vacation?
Breaking from the day to day regimen- dealing with all the pressures must be a true part of vacation. When I go away, I am gone! My staff can text me for a crisis or critical issue, which is fine. My assistant reviews my emails, prints out the ones that will require my input when I return and deletes the rest. The message on my phone makes it abundantly clear; do not expect my focus till a return date. If one wants immediate attention, hit “0” and you will be directed to a most competent staff person- usually empowered and capable of solving the problem.
The big “ah ha” for me came in 2004 when travel took us to Europe for nearly three weeks. Providing my staff with the fax number of each hotel and planned stay gave them assurance of contact as needed. The only “crisis” that occurred was during my return flight over the Atlantic. Could not do much 35,000 feet up in the air till I returned to the office. By the time I was back in the office 99% of the issue was resolved. Made one phone call to wrap up and moved on.
During every vacation since, I extract myself and enjoy the experience-without distraction. My mind, soul and body get recharged and refreshed.
How does that compare with your experience? Are you still tethered by the internet and access to wi-fi to the office? Why? Is your staff that incapable of functioning without your heavy hand? Try taking a complete break. Start with a long weekend (Fri. & Mon. gone). Begin extending that to a fall week, then two or three. You and your staff will be happier and more refreshed.
Enjoy your wi-fi free vacation.
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