The following is an excerpt from AIMEE PICCHI | August 9, 2017 | CBSNews.com |
Americans are hitting the beach, seeing the sights and otherwise heading out on their summer vacations. But that doesn't necessarily mean they're taking a break from work.
President Trump, for one, is on a 17-day working vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he mixed golf with threatening North Korea with "fire and fury" for its continued provocations. To be sure, the president holds one of the few jobs where it's impossible to actually take a break from work. Yet many Americans with less critical professions seem to believe no one else can do their job.
A working vacation might seem like an oxymoron, but more Americans are trying to make the two activities fit together. About three in 10 workers stay connected to work during their vacations, CareerBuilder found in a survey conducted earlier this year by Harris Poll.
The downside: Americans aren't fully recharging on their vacations, which raises the risk of burnout and lower productivity when they return to their desks, experts say.
"You run the risk of not being able to approach your job with fresh ideas and high energy," said Marika Lindholm, a sociologist and founder of ESME, a website for single mothers, by email. "There's tons of evidence that proves that, when people continue to work day in and day out without a full break/vacation every once in a while, they will feel more stresses, experience brain fog, irritability/depression, and don't get to experience other areas of their life that you need to in order to feel like a happy and fulfilled person."
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