How to Deal With Email When You're on Vacation

By Dennis McCafferty
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Remember when a vacation was really a vacation—a time when people completely disconnected from work and allowed themselves to recharge? Well, those days are clearly over. In fact, three out of five employees said they do at least some work while on vacation, according to research from Glassdoor. Why? One-third of the respondents said it's because no one else in their company can do their job, findings show. More than one out of five said they are 100 percent dedicated, and another one-fifth said they simply can't disconnect. In many cases, these workers are staying in the loop by checking email, which 44 percent of Americans said they have to do while on vacation, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). With this in mind, email-management expert Ran Flam has come up with the following best practices to improve how efficiently you manage email while on vacation. The goal? To spend less time reading and replying to email messages and more time enjoying yourself. Flam, a veteran in business process automation, created IQTELL, an email/work management productivity app.

This article was originally published on 2014-07-03
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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