How do you draw the line between your work time and your personal time in a virtual workplace? Expectations are that you’ll do your job whenever you’re asked to do it. That could mean long hours or even working on vacation.
Yep. I said it. I worked on my vacation. It was unavoidable. I had to present to leadership about a topic that I own; it was bad timing on my part honestly. We’d planned this vacation well before I switched jobs and I guess the assumption was that I could take the time off with no worries. Any other week and I probably could have, but not the week we chose.
So in the middle of my glorious getaway – prized time with the family – I had to find a way to dial into a conference call and miracle of miracles, find wireless so I could get onto my laptop to present my slides. That was a lot of fun. By the way, on Cape Cod in the off season, free wireless is very difficult to come by. In fact, B drove around one afternoon with his laptop just looking wireless so he could upload his homework!