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Workation Labor Day

DALLAS – August 25, 2013 – Whether it’s escaping to wine country in California or hitting the sunny beaches in Florida, Americans are looking to get away and put work aside this holiday weekend. Easier said than done. A recent survey from Regus, a global provider of flexible workspace, reveals that more than 55 percent of U.S. workers plan to work one to three hours during their vacation this summer.

Furthermore, the research shows that men have more difficulty unwinding on vacation than women. Nationally, 54 percent of men will operate almost as usual on vacation compared to, and still significant 46 percent of women. A whopping 59 percent of men and 49 percent of women will work between one and three hours.

Don’t want to burn out and become part of that overwhelming percent?  

Here are five tips from Regus, to keep work afloat and still manage to enjoy your holiday weekend:

  • Build your holiday weekend into your annual business plan. Pencil yourself in for once and stick to it. For some, taking a smaller amount of time off makes relaxing easier knowing you’re not away for an extended period of time.
  • Make a date with your phone and laptop. Don’t take your phone, tablet or laptop everywhere you go. Choose a time to login and check both – but think of this as a speed date – scan through your emails, don’t read every one from top to bottom.
  • Tell everyone you are unavailable. Set healthy boundaries and tell people you are offline for the holiday weekend. Coworkers will be aware of your time off and hopefully will respect your absence and your inbox.
  • Get a virtual office. Have a team take care of your calls and your mail – they’ll maintain your professional appearance while you’re at the beach in your flip flops.
  • Empower others to take on responsibility. It’s easier said than done, but empowering colleagues to take on some responsibilities will mitigate your guilt and the overwhelming feeling of returning to a mountain of work.