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Is a Vacation Really a Vacation Anymore? How Workers are Getting Away in 2014

We take a look at how many workers and employers say they're taking a vacation in 2014.As a now 10-year resident of Chicago, I’ve withstood my share of weather woes. Everyone says “summers in Chicago make the terrible winters worth it!” Today is one of those days I agree — it’s absolutely beautiful, and after the winter we just got through, it’s really hard to be indoors right now writing this.

What’s getting me through? A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I raided his parents’ old record collection — some of which hadn’t been touched in years and years. We came upon some gems, like Fleetwood Mac, Beach Boys, and The Beatles — and after dusting off Abbey Road a bit, it’s been on constant rotation since. That album feels like summer to me — and on a day like today, as I listen here, it’s bringing summer into my fluorescent-lit workspace until I can get outside and enjoy it.

Vacation, All We Ever Wanted?

You know what else is getting me through on this gorgeous Friday? The thought of vacation in another month — and though it will be hard, I’m really looking forward to disconnecting from technology as much as possible for the greater part of a week. As it turns out, 63 percent of workers and 79 percent of employers say they’re taking time off this summer to disconnect and recharge. Most are going somewhere to do it — but 11 percent are indulging in staycations — and sometimes, that’s just as satisfying.

There’s a darker side to all this, though — (dun dun dun) — some people are trying to get away, only to be pulled back into their work email, or into the temptation to tie up every loose end — and some are trying SO hard to disconnect that they’re lying to their employers about their connectivity. Take a look.

Workers Plan to Take Vacations -- But Are They Really Getting Away? Our Infographic

GET THE INFOGRAPHIC HERE. Tape it to your cubicle, make it into a paper airplane and pretend you’re really on one, passively aggressively slide it onto your boss’s desk with a sad face drawn onto it…. you know, whatever it takes to make that vacation happen (even if vacation simply means fixing yourself a margarita while sitting in a lawn chair in your office parking lot).

Speaking of vacations… “The Week at Work” series is on vacation this week — as is its writer. Dry those tears — you can catch up on last week’s news here, and Mary will be back next week with her usual wit and wisdom.

Amy K. McDonnell

About Amy K. McDonnell

Originally hailing from Ohio, Amy is the editorial manager on the content services team and has been with both CareerBuilder and the city of Chicago for nearly a decade. She writes on a range of recruitment topics on The Hiring Site, striving to bring a dose of clarity and humor to sometimes complicated issues around employee attraction, engagement and retention. When she's not working, Amy spends as much time as possible reading, pretending to be a chef, writing short stories, eating Nutella out of the jar, waiting for CTA buses and trains, going to see her favorite bands live, and spending time with people who inspire and challenge her.

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