I've known about 'working vacations' for as long as I can remember. Growing up, my dad owned an engineering firm. Every time we went away, it was a working vacation. However, I realize most people don't generally take these types of vacations. When they go away, their company and co-workers don't hear from them until they get back. And they definitely don't think about, let alone, do any work while their out of the office. Related: 3 Ways To Network Over Summer Vacation Yet, this summer, I guarantee more people than ever before, even people who don't believe in working vacations, will take their first one. I've talked to dozens of folks who say the economy has forced them to cut short grand summer plans. "I'm worried how it will look to my boss," said a woman who just survived a layoff at her firm. "I don't want to risk being out of the loop," said a guy who claims since the layoffs at his firm this past spring, workers have been more secretive and trying to one-up one another to avoid the chopping block should it occur again. Thus, knowing many of you will be giving the working vacation a go this summer, I thought it might be wise to share with you the professional DOs and DON'Ts to what is known as 'phoning it in.'
July 04, 2014