Was taking the trip when Id clocked just a week at the company a good move? I didnt think so then, and I dont now, either. Vacations feel best when theyre earned, something that lets me escape my routine and gives me a shot of everythings new! adrenaline. But with a new job, in a new neighborhood, learning a new commute and cataloguing a litany of names and responsibilities, I longed for a routinenot more of the unknown.
Plus, no one wants to feel expendable at work. Though as a new employee, with no real ownership of any projects yet, I knew I wouldnt be that missed. Knowing my absence wouldnt really matter appeased my out-of-office guilt. But it also made me wonder if the company would realize they could get along fine without that spot being filled, and Id return only to be promptly kicked from my cube.
Despite all the self-induced stress, did I still have an amazing time in Greece? You bet. I ate olives and feta, I swam backstroke in the hot springs near Santorini, and I had time to read my new boss book while sunning myself on the deck of a ferry.
But when I came back to the office, I found an intern at my desk, quite competently fulfilling my duties, and quite a few friendly staffers asked me to remind them of my name. Will I go on another vacation? Of course (Im the MC travel gal!). But will I ever take a vacation before Ive cemented my role at my new job? Dont think so.