TAKING IT EASY
Some workers are finding it difficult to unwind when taking time off from the office, according to CareerBuilder.com's annual vacation survey. The survey found 27 percent of workers still say they plan to work while on vacation this year.
Sixteen percent of workers report feeling guilty about missing work while on vacation, and 7 percent fear time off could lead to unemployment. CareerBuilder.com's "Vacation 2006" survey was completed in March and included more than 2,500 workers.
"Work can be demanding, but taking it all with you just brings the stress to a new location," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.com. "Cell phones, pagers and other electronic devices can create an e-leash of sorts. Planning ahead, managing expectations and setting boundaries with your co-workers are key to making sure you get the break you need."
To enjoy a stress-free and work-free vacation, Ms. Haefner recommends:
- If you, your significant other and your travel agent are the only ones who know about your plans, you're heading into trouble. Give early notice for the dates you plan to take off to make sure your schedules run smoothly.
- If you have a big project and a great vacation planned for the same week, you can expect one of the two to give. Schedule the dates before and after the big stuff to lighten your load and enjoy your time off.
- You may feel you are irreplaceable for the work ahead, but cross-training a co-worker to share your task enables you to take time off and creates a network. Next time a co-worker needs to take a vacation, you can return the favor.
- Giving an alternative contact via voice mail or an automated e-mail response lets people know you'll be out and where they can get immediate assistance, so you don't experience in-box overload when you return.
- Checking in a couple of times during a week off is one thing, but if your job requires you to be a slave to your cell, you may want to talk it out with your boss before you go to establish boundaries.
- If you're working for yourself, make sure you anticipate your busy seasons by reviewing your previous sales and current situation. Save vacation time for slower periods and make sure to notify customers in advance.
CIRCUS: Shows for The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus will be at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. Call (706) 722-3521.
GOING TO MARKET: The Saturday Market on Broad will be 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Aug. 26 on Macartan Street, between Broad and Reynolds streets. Call (706) 722-7245 .
CLASSIC MOVIES: Citizen Kane will be shown at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St., as part of the theatre's Classics on the Silver Screen series, which runs through August. Tickets cost $4 for adults and $3 for students, senior citizens and military . Call (706) 722-8341.
JOHN KITCHENS BENEFIT: The fundraiser will begin at 8:30 p.m. at Joe's Underground Cafe, 144 8th St. The cost is $5, but more can be donated. Call (706) 724-9457.
MUSEUM EXHIBIT: A free exhibit by the Aiken Artist Guild will be on display through July 30 at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (803) 642-2015.
STUDIO SOUTH EXHIBIT: The free exhibit, The Artists of Studio South Show Their Colors, will be on display through July 21 at Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call (803) 641-9094.