Working vacations

More Americans are working on vacation time. No big surprise.

More Americans are working on vacation time. No big surprise. The tools, technologies, bandwidth are broadly available so you can stay connected to a corporate network from almost any location, and some people just can't stay off the Net. According to a poll conducted for office furniture maker Steelcase, 43 percent of office workers said they work on vacation, compared with 23 percent in a similar survey done in 1995. In addition, only 61 percent of those surveyed use all of their vacation.

In the increasing connected, always on digital world, you have the option of staying keyed into work beyond cell phone and text messaging. I find it hard to resist the urge to stay fully plugged in. I rarely turn off the laptop or cell phone, even on vacation, which I will be taking next week. I'm heading to the North Cascades in Washington state with my EV-DO card, laptop, cellphone and ancient GoodLink handheld. Maybe I should leave my gear at home and spend a week analog, maybe just bring the GPS receiver and iPod. Nah...


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