IT Vacations: It’s All About Setting Expectations

With the Labor Day weekend coming up, many IT professionals and IT headhunters will be trying to sneak an extra day or so to get away from their IT jobs and fit in a quick vacation.  Information technology tends to require its IT contractors and IT managers to be on call, even when they’re not technically in the office.  Here are a few tips for IT recruiters and IT consultants to minimize the work they do during vacation:

Before vacation, it’s best to do a couple.  Firstly, get done what can be finished before you leave.  Secondly, start setting expectations with co-workers and supervisors.  Every company is different and it’s best to defer to your supervisor’s expectations.  However, setting the right expectations ahead of time (how often will you check in, will you check in at all, etc) will alleviate a lot of stress for everyone.

During vacation, it’s imperative to stick to these expectations.  Make sure to have a greeting response set up for anybody who emails you re-iterating your availability.  Do not go below or above the expectations you’ve set with your supervisor and coworkers.  No good can come of either. 

After vacation, hit the ground running.  Don’t stay in vacation mode and work on getting up to speed again as quickly as is reasonable.  One of the most important things: don’t brag about your lavish vacation.  Your co-workers and supervisors will appreciate a modest “I had a great time.”

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AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.