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Does Taking Vacation Days Make You Feel Guilty?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Mark Holtz, May 16, 2010.


Does Taking Vacation Days Make You Feel Guilty?

  1. I don't feel too guilty taking some of my vacations days, but taking them all--or taking them all at

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  2. Absolutely. I feel a twinge of guilt whenever I take time off work.

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  3. No way. Vacation days are there for a reason, and I take full advantage of them to recharge.

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  4. I'm freelance. What is this thing called a "vacation"?

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  5. Other

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  1. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    As I say, I get up in the morning with nothing to do and go to bed at night with it half done.
  2. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    No I don't feel guilty. I usually get called and emailed anyway. Being in charge of all the "remote tech", Blackberries, Citrix etc I connect in a variety of ways while on vacation.

    Though with 3 weeks vacation, 5 personal days plus sick days, I always left a number of days on the table, at least a few personal days. We don't have a set number of sick. Now I've got an extra week vacation...I'll find a place to use that :)
  3. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    My last employer offered (as if it was a gift!) three weeks of vacation per year to people with my length of service. Plus they offered one half day every month as personal time. I nearly always combined my personal days to create a week off. It was much more valuable that just sitting home one day during a week or even extending a weekend.

    Vacations are EARNINGS. Don't be squeamish about collecting your earnings.

    As for the quality of those vacations ... I have not had a week in about 10 years where my vacation was not interrupted by some stupid thing that the rest of the staff should have handled. And even a couple of months after being laid off they just won't let go. Although the last time they called me I made it pretty clear that I would no longer help them - regardless of the emergency or money offered.
  4. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    I get 3 weeks per year (plus 5 personal days). I usually take a few personal days during the year (3 day weekends and such) and then I take all of my vacation the last 3 weeks of the year.
  5. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Apr 21, 2007
    Elizabeth, CO
    I get 3 weeks and try to take it all but there is no way I can take it all at once. Due to the seasonality of the motorcycle industry there is no way I can take more than a day at a time from March thru July, then I take a week at a time when i can the rest of the year
  6. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    I really enjoy my job so I hate to take days off. I do take days off though to accomodate the wife for times that she has job related duties in the evenings on days that I am scheduled to work. I do also try to take some days off so we can have a small family vacation together. This year, I'm actually taking off 6 days so we can have a 1 week trip to a lake cabin.

    - Merg
  7. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    This hasn't happened to me. But, I've heard of this happening to some people.

    When the economy took a dump in 2008, everyone was scared, especially with the l-word being thrown around. Suddenly, people were scared for their jobs, and held off taking vacation time to the point of being capped. Why? They did not want to be perceived as a "slacker" and their name appearing on the next layoff list.

    When I get back from vacation this week, I still will have about 170 hours in the bank. I prefer to bank my vacation in case something happens to my mother and/or I need it for college. And, the law in California requires that they pay out accumulated vacation time should there be a separation.
  8. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009

    Isn't it something when you take a vacation and you look at it in terms of how much more you lost than what the vacation cost. I haven't had a vacation in over 6 years that I was completely checked out from work.
  9. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I voted "Other" as my company does not offer paid vacation days.
  10. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    I've been retired for over 20 years, but I always took my vacations with no qualms.

    The very best one was four weeks long. We went to Australia and I put the company completely out of my mind the moment we got on the plane here and didn't think about the job until the day we got back.

    The neat thing about a long vacation is that if something comes up on your project the company has to get someone to take care of it while you're gone. If it's a short vacation the work just piles up on your desk as they take the attitude "Bill will be back on Monday!"

    And, yes, I really liked my job.

    I also worked part-time as a college instructor after retiring from my regular job. No vacations, but the whole summer off, two weeks at Christmas, and a spring break.
  11. koji68

    koji68 Icon

    Jun 21, 2004
    I get 6 weeks and I take every single day. No guilt about it. The company doesn't feel any guilt when they page me at 3:00AM to fix some problem.
  12. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    I am on week 2 of a 4 week vacation now. I feel not one bit of guilt. I think of it as annual retirement practice.
  13. redsoxfan26

    redsoxfan26 Godfather

    Dec 6, 2007
  14. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    I hate taking days off because that's the time when the loonies come out of the woodwork and try to formulate their own solutions to problems that could have prevented.

    If anyone should feel guilty, it should be those I have to constantly be available to hold their hands.
  15. braven

    braven Hall Of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007
    As far as Vacation/personal time is concerned, it's use it or lose it at my company. I am not about to lose it. My vacation/personal time is part of my compensation package. I earn it.

    Do employers feel guilty come lay-off time? Some do, some don't. It's business.
  16. dmurphy

    dmurphy Active Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Feel guilty about it? Heck no!!

    My company has a 'mandatory' holiday shutdown at the end of December... so - unless you want to take the time unpaid - you have to use up 7 of your vacation days then.

    It's actually quite nice, being able to enjoy the holidays with your family ...

    ... except that this year, our department (sales) got told that we were working those days. 2 weeks beforehand. So those 7 days I had been saving all year?

    Yup, they just went right down the tubes.

    Thankfully, they let us carry them over into this year (We stopped doing carryovers a few years ago...), so I now have 7 'extra' days this year.

    I'm going to spend 17 days in Cozumel this year in June/July.
    And a week at Disney World in November.

    ... and I still have at least a weeks' worth of time to burn off sometime this year.

    And I'm going to LOVE every second of it.

    Guilty? Heck no!! Forcing me to work during the holiday shutdown was the best gift they could've given me... now I get extra days this year to use as I see fit.

    Guilty? Never. My work phone stays HOME when I go on vacation. I have no illusions about my importance - life will go on with or without me at work ... so I'm going to enjoy my vacation in peace. :)

    I learned years ago not to chain myself to the company... it's part of the reason I'm on the sales rather than operational end of IT now. Personal time matters, and frankly, giving up my on-call pager was the best thing I ever did :)

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