I was talking to one of my friends in New York and she was telling me about “a jerk” she works with. Apparently this guy had the nerve to book a WEEK-LONG vacation in the middle of July! A whole week!!! He’s from France, so obviously he hasn’t totally embraced the New York way of life. And by “life” I mean work-life.
Almost one in four Americans don’t get any paid vacation or holidays. The ones that do get way less than people in every other wealthy nation in the world. And in New York, you run the risk of your coworkers calling you “Le Jerk” if you actually take the vacation time you are entitled to. If you work in a high-pressure field like banking or advertising, the assumption is that you live to work. Here, most people work to live.
Yup, you can add the five or so weeks of paid vacation we get to the list of things that makes Helsinki-living a hell of a lot more laid back than life in New York.
We’re headed to Crete for a week of well-deserved relaxation. I see myself spending the whole time with drink in hand, ass on beach chair and mind a million miles away. However, since we’re traveling with a three-year-old and an 18-month-old, the reality will probably be a little different. More like sippy-cup in hand, ass in kiddie pool and mind on making sure everyone is covered in SPF 50.
But that’s life. And by “life” I mean life.
People don’t do their best work when they’re stuck in an office 359 days a year. People do do their best work when they have time to get away from it all and come back inspired to come up with big new ideas.