"That's something they'll appreciate versus something they'll hold against you," Johnson said.
Also, leave out-of-office voice-mail messages and email responses that say how long you're gone and who at your company can be contacted in your absence.
But some, myself included, like to stay a little connected. By spending a few minutes here and there scanning my email, I can better enjoy my time off, knowing I won't be returning to 18 bazillion emails.
Sheridan agrees on this point: "Work is no longer where you go, work is what you do. That technology has created increased mobility. While I'm on vacation I sneak a little computer time because I don't like to come back and be stressed."
It's a matter of personal preference. People should do with their time off what makes them feel best.
And speaking of time off, allow me to give each of you a note to deliver to your bosses, one that will guarantee you can happily take the vacation you richly deserve.
FROM: America's Most Beloved Workplace-Advice Columnist (AMBWAC)
Please encourage ______________ to take (her/his) vacation time, as (she/he) has earned it and will be a better person for it and might even buy you something nice next National Boss Day. If ____________ is a robot, please disregard this note and have (her/him/it) call me, as I'm really interested in having a robot pal.
Rex Huppke, AMBWAC
TALK TO REX: Ask workplace questions — anonymously or by name — and share stories with Rex Huppke at IJustWorkHere@tribune.com, follow him on Twitter via @RexWorksHere and find more at chicagotribune.com/ijustworkhere.