"We like to avoid a single point of failure," he said. Sarantakos' approach is to keep vacation work disruptions to as little as possible. With the exception of a critical hiring decision, for instance, he will not dial into a conference call.
TheLadders has a flexible and unlimited vacation policy, and the company encourages employees "to use this time to recharge and find renewed energy and enthusiasm for the work ahead," Sarantakos said.
Pierluigi Stella, CTO of Network Box USA, a managed security services firm, has two perspectives, one that applies for himself and another for the people he manages. "I cannot spend a whole day detached from the office without wanting to know what's going on," Stella told Computerworld. "My vacations, few and far in between, are always in places where cellular phones work."
But while Stella will stay in touch with the business, he has a different view for the people he manages. "If they are in vacation, they are in vacation, and I expect them to be detached and unavailable as much as possible," he said.
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