How should you handle office emails and calls for help while you’re supposed to be on vacation?

We asked some experts, and here’s what they had to say…

Simply stop replying

“I think a lot of us fall into the trap of checking our work emails when we’re on vacation because that’s just what we do,” says Meghann Isgan, Team Success Manager for “If there’s no clear directive from your boss that you should be responding to emails while you’re sitting on the beach, allow yourself to truly have a break. The non-urgent things will either be taken care of by someone else, or will be waiting for you when you get back. Constantly being available sets the tone both for yourself and for the people you work with that you will always make time for those things.

“I promise, if something is falling apart and you’re urgently needed, your company will find a way to reach you! In the meantime, enjoy the time away and stop replying to the emails.”

Call in helpers before you go

“Resisting the urge or the feeling of necessity to do office ‘housework’ on vacation is difficult — I find that through careful planning, mindfulness and setting boundaries, women can focus on their self-care,” says Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek, head of HR Services and co-owner of Contracted Leadership.

“First, plan who will respond and ‘to what’ work queries will they respond to in your absence. This may mean asking multiple people to assist you. Offer to do the same when they go on vacation or need backup when they are trying to make a deadline. In this way, you are creating a mutually beneficial agreement. Communicate your ‘back-up’ plan to your customers, peers, colleagues and boss ahead of time in person and via email. Put this information on your inner office and Read More Here