So what do we do? Automatic response (Photo: ShutterStock)
Vacation is important. Relax, recharge and recharge. But surprisingly, the closer the vacation gets, the less relaxed we are. Who will take care of the children and the cat? What will happen to all the projects and meetings scheduled for me? And it's not at all clear to us how the workplace can survive while we splash around in the pool or load up food at the buffet.
I suggest planning everything possible in advance. The farther away the event, the more abstractly we relate to it ("We'll fly - it'll be fun"). This leaves enough time to take care of all the preparations, and disperse the meetings that appear in the diary relatively easily.
Legend tells of a man who went on vacation and managed not to glance at emails even once. I admit that I myself take a peek, of course, but I try to focus only on the important emails. The problem is that it is very difficult to distinguish between all the emails we are inundated with, which are important and which are not.
So what do we do? Automatic reply. I found the perfect automatic response on The Ladders. "I won't be available until ____ date and I won't check emails in this box. When I get back to the office, I'll probably automatically delete all the messages waiting for me. If you have an urgent case, please contact _____. If this is an issue related to me, please resend the message after I return. Thank you."
Well, the truth is that the threat to delete emails is less applicable to us, it doesn't align very well with our organizational culture. But the part of "please turn to..." Definitely highly recommended to adopt.
Experiences rather than projects
I can easily recall the experiences I gained during each of my vacations, and it immediately fills me with good feelings. On the other hand, I don't really remember the projects that were supposed to be completed during those periods, and I don't even remember what meetings I missed.
When I think about it, I also can't remember any damage caused to my bank by vacations, even after traveling to places without internet. I'm planning my next vacation to Iceland, and what's your next tourist destination?
Boris Volodarsky is Head of Central Absorption Team, Technologist, Bank Hapoalim
Boris Volodarsky, in collaboration with "The Technologist", the Technology Division of Bank Hapoalim
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