June 29, 2017
The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe Explores the Blurred Lines of Workations
What does it mean to disconnect and enjoy vacation time? To some, there is no such thing as vacation time and disconnecting from your daily life. Katie Johnston reports:
With smartphones getting smarter and Wi-Fi almost everywhere, the line between work and the rest of our lives is becoming increasingly blurred — and the ability to stay connected to co-workers 24/7 is invading vacation time in a big way.
This is a problem because Americans take fewer vacation days than they used to, according to Project: Time Off, an initiative of the US Travel Association. From 1978 to 2000, Americans averaged 20.3 days off a year; by 2014, it had bottomed out at 16. Vacation time has risen slightly since then, but the amount of work being done has increased along with it. “I don’t think we’re going to see the lines become unblurred,” said a Project: Time Off researcher, Katie Denis.