My first professional job was in the corporate HR offices of a grocery store. While those of us in the corporate offices got regular holidays, like Christmas, Memorial Day and the 4th of July off as paid holidays, the stores only closed on Christmas. Otherwise, they were open — some of them around the clock. Which meant that the work went on around the clock. While everyone, including store employees, got paid vacation time, the culture was such that you didn’t take more than a few days at a time.
Next, I moved industries and landed in pharmaceuticals. This was a job where you couldn’t get a good parking space if you got there after 7 a.m. because the scientists were always early. And while I loved this job and the company, I also learned that more than 5 days away got you labeled as a slacker. Of course you took your laptop on vacation and of course you answered emails and joined in to conference calls! Why wouldn’t you? The world would come to an end if you didn’t.
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