What if your boss accidentally forwarded your vacation request to your entire company? That's what happened to security officer Greg Heaslip, when he emailed his line manager at retail chain Arcadia Group in the U.K. BuzzFeed reports that Heaslip's request went out to 3,500 staff members. And then all heck broke loose.
If you're reading this in a the middle of your long holiday weekend, it's long past time for this question: in a time when we're always connected to our jobs, via mobile devices and the shifting expectations they've created, is there any real way to take time off?
Vacation season is upon us, and with it, the most pressing question of the warm weather months: if you drop your smartphone in the ocean, will you actually get a few days to rest and recharge, or will your boss see through your cunning ruse? (Hint: It's the latter.)
Remember what summer was like when you were in school? Not high school and college, when you could reasonably be expected to get a job. Before that, when all you needed to do was secure the snack foods of your choice and remember to reapply sunscreen once in a while. Pretty great, right? Times, needless to say, have changed.
For some folks, time off from work can be just as important as salary. Fortunately, there are careers that allow you to take more time off than the average Joe who might get two weeks. In fact, some careers offer two to three months off. Jobs with good vacation plans are out there, you just need to know where to look.
However, increased free time often comes with increased risk. If your idea of a fun vacation is being paid, and having a job to come back to, some of these options may not be for you.
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