Back in the days of street directories (analogue GPS for the millennials out there), the one constant argument my parents would have on road trips was about Dad’s stubborn refusal to ask for directions.
But as technology has changed the way we travel, it’s also changed what we argue about while we’re away. No need to argue about directions when Google Maps will plot your route (though my partner and I find ourselves in the next iteration of the directions debate: ‘Why don’t you just use Google Maps?!’ vs ‘Google Maps doesn’t know everything.’
So what are we arguing about instead? It turns out it’s our use of technology.
According to a survey conducted by Korn Ferry, 50 percent of of respondents claim that checking in on work has lead to disagreements with their travelling partner.
This is unsurprising given that 41% of respondents claim to check in on work at least once a day. 34% check multiple times a day and only 3% never do.
“Technology has made it easy for professionals and executives to sneak in a quick check-in with the office,” said Mark Royal, Senior Principal, Korn Ferry Hay Group.
“How many of us have seen parents standing in an amusement park line reading their email instead of connecting with their kids and spouse? Taking time to make the break from work and enjoy experiences with friends and family makes for professionals who are healthier, happier and more engaged upon their return.”
So how do you make the break?
Given the main reasons people were checking in on work were down to issues that needed fixing or to decrease workload upon their return, discussing screen time rules might be the best bet (no phones during meal times etc). That screen time can be used to file emails - not as wearing them as though you’re back home (which is why you should also set up an out of office message).
It’s also important to have a game plan set up back in the office so that your colleagues know what constitutes an emergency and when it’s appropriate to pull you into a situation.
But at the end of the day, it’s about doing what makes you happy. And if making your colleagues jealous by checking on from some tropical paradise mid-massage, then the odd disagreement with the hubby may be worth it.