With the official start of summer vacation season just days away, workers are planning to take time off and they are feeling more at ease about it.


According to CareerBuilder, more than half (56 per cent) of workers say they are more in need of a vacation in 2010 than they have been in past years. Additionally, 36 per cent say they feel more comfortable taking a vacation in 2010 than in 2009 due to an improving economy.


Many workers have vacations on their radar screens and are planning to be away from the office longer. But, taking a vacation may not mean being completely unhooked from the office.


Nearly half (49 per cent) of employers say they expect employees to check in with the office while they are away.

Some vacation tips

Get it on the calendar today: Today, companies are operating with smaller staffs and having more than one person out of the office can negatively impact productivity. Be flexible and work with your co-workers to schedule vacation time before booking anything.

Train a co-worker: Before you leave, start recording important information, key contacts and any deadlines that will come up while you are gone and give it to a co-worker who you have trained to fill in for you while you are gone. Remember to return the favour to the coworker, when they take vacation.

Schedule a set work time while on vacation: While it’s best to leave the office at the office, if you must do work, set limits and boundaries. Don’t let activities on vacation be interrupted by work.