Set These 5 Boundaries Before You Go on Vacation

Disconnecting from work while on vacation sounds a lot easier than it actually is. Some companies’ cultures may expect you to stay connected, respond to emails, or attend meetings to keep the business moving forward. Yet research and commentary dating back to the 1910s shows that taking vacations — as in, completely disconnecting from work — is critical to lowering burnout, increasing energy and engagement, and improving overall health and well-being, which in turn will lead to more consistent productivity. So, how do you detach from work during your vacation to achieve all these benefits? The author shares five tips to set firm boundaries in a professional way.

A client of mine, “Steve,” hadn’t taken a true vacation in over 10 years. Sure, he had traveled with his family. But as a senior operations executive, he always felt he had to remain connected because inevitably something would come up while he was laying on a lounge chair somewhere far…

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This article was written by Marlo Lyons and originally published on hbr.org