Vacation time is precious. Every day that most of us salaried workers toil equals a percentage of a day of freedom. That freedom can be enjoyed in many different ways: a little staycation with your partner, ordering fancy takeout and sleeping in. Or perhaps a beach getaway, sleeping and drinking on the sand, letting the salt water rejuvenate ones body. Whatever the flavor of vacation, there is one important and universal truth for that time: You do not have to work. Most of the time we are actively escaping it.
Dictionary.com defines vacation as follows: “a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday.” So why is it that employers have started expecting us to be logged on while trying to take a restorative break from responsibility? Technology has become a bit of a trap. Yesterday, redditor u/confusedwmployee took to the r/AmItheAsshole subreddit with a tale of this type of entitled employer. It’s a story that reveals everything that’s wrong with the increasing expectations of this increasingly exhausting era.