Happy Monday Morning!
Just saying the word feels good.
I was looking up the etymology of the word vacation and it had never occurred to me until today that there is a connection between the words “vacate” and “vacation”. This word “vacation” originates from the Latin vacationem meaning “leisure, freedom from obligations, exemption, a being free from duty, immunity earned by service”, and from vacare meaning ‘to be unoccupied’.
The meaning of the word evolved in 20th century when the wealthy families of New York City took to declaring that they would “vacate” their city homes for their summer retreats and European holidays.
With all of the ways we can stay connected – internet, mobile, instant messaging, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook – the way we regard our vacations has been impacted. Vacation in 2018, more often than not, means “not in the office” as opposed to actually disconnecting from our work.
A study by Dov Eden of Tel Aviv’s University’s Faculty of Management (pdf download link) shows we pay a high price for continued connectivity to work, even while on vacation. The results are chronic stress, reduced productivity, and greater burnout. He also discovered that individuals either returned to work extremely anxious or stressed, or the restful effects of the vacation did not last.
A study by researchers at the University of California and funded by the U.S. Army, showed that being cut off from work communication for blocks of time significantly reduces stress, and improves cortisol levels and heart rates. Truly disconnecting from work allows employees to focus far better when they return from a break.
Hey – you may not have a apartment on 5th Avenue, but you can still “vacate” from your work this summer. Make it a priority to take a bit extra time to communicate with your team and clients to ensure that you can truly unplug and have a true “vacation”.
Wishing you a great vacation, along the road with you!
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