An Expedia.com study found that only 53 percent of American workers feel rested and rejuvenated after vacation (count myself among them). Thirty percent say they have trouble coping with work stress while away.
The Wall Street Journal has more:
Some try to cram in so much activity that they come back more exhausted than when they left. Others stay so plugged on BlackBerrys and cellphones that colleagues and clients don’t even suspect they’re away.
“It’s been my experience that an ‘out of office’ response means nothing anymore,” says Edward T. Creagan, a medical oncologist who writes the Mayo Clinic’s stress blog. “We’re driving ourselves wacko with no time to power down.”
Attempting to relax even makes some people sick. Some 3% of the population suffers from “leisure sickness” when they go on vacation. Symptoms include fatigue, muscle pain, nausea and flu-like symptoms, according to a 2002 study in the Netherlands. And a phenomenon of “weekend headaches” accounts for roughly one-third of all migraines and one-sixth of tension headaches.
The Wall Street Journal story is accompanied by a 25 question quiz to assess whether or not you are a workaholic. I scored a 41, which means I am a hard worker but that I don’t let the job damage my personal relationships and physical health.
How about you?