Connect by Disconnecting
Growing up, Memorial Day pretty much marked the beginning of summer season for many around the country. It was the day when the public pools opened, summer baseball was in full swing and when most families gave serious thought about where they were going for vacation. But as Labor Day approaches, we all know that this is the time of year to put a little fire in your romance – to find time to connect again.
Great idea, right? The answer of course is YES!
One obstacle however, is how the whole dynamic of time off has changed. We are sure you can relate to the fact that more and more people are having difficulty disconnecting from work to relax, recharge and connect with those who mean the most to them; especially while vacationing?
A recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps showed that while 44% of workers typically don’t check in at all with the office while on vacation, the majority will. Where do you fall in the number?
In fact, 70% of respondents ages 18-34 will maintain some contact with work while on vacation, compared to only 39% of those ages 55 and older. The check-in-with-the-office trend is worsening: in 2016, most workers (59%) said they never check in while on vacation; that fell to 47% in 2017 and 44% so far this year. This could really put a damper on romance if you’re not careful.
So why the inability to disconnect?
The primary reason for not disconnecting, according to the same survey, is that totally disconnecting from work has the reverse of the intended affect – it adds to the stress!
OK, we get that.
No doubt many of us are guilty of checking emails while lying on the amazing white sand beaches of Naples for one simple reason: we don’t want to come back to 4,000 emails. For many, if they don’t answer, file or delete their emails, the stress begins building about 2 days before returning home. That’s no fun! Besides, there is nothing more fun than being on vacation and finding out via email that you won the Jackpot Lottery.
There’s another vacation-related concern that has even larger consequences. NOT USING YOUR TIME OFF AT ALL, and more importantly, not spending romantic time with your special someone. Are we right, or are we right? Studies do conclude there are some serious health issues that can emerge from never taking time off.
So, here’s some advice from The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club…
First, while on vacation, if you must peek now and again at your emails to keep from stressing, then do it – we won’t judge; just make sure your special someone knows beforehand. Second, consider that special couples getaway this year – romance, relaxation, and new experiences await. Just give in to the fact that you are powerless over flip flops, sunshine, balmy breezes, 7-miles of pristine white sand beach, an umbrella thingy in your glass and that special someone! Book your trip, NOW!
Trust us, connecting by disconnecting is not overrated.