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I was telling my clients all last week that this week I am having vacation. And when I am having vacation I try my best to keep me out of work completely, to the smallest detail.
A few times I made a mistake of trying to fix a very small thing, like one short call. But then somebody asks with a nice voice for a very very small action that would take a few seconds no more and then the series develop, and I used to end up with the whole day of working.
And since I am kind of inert, I only rest well when I do not work completely and I do not even think about work for a longer period of time.
But my home country mobile operator disappointed me in failing with routing the calls to voice mail. I know that there is nothing that irritates the caller more that as a phone switched off, and especially for a few days, I decided to leave it on with no sound.
Then I could not resist to see who was calling me. And one of them was one of my clients who was very clearly warned that I am away this week. And he was calling me repeatedly. I had to work with me to not even send an SMS that I am away. He knows that already! That is exactly his trick, to include me in the conversation and then he will do the job whatever it takes.
And the client I am talking about is not German. Germans would never ever act this way. They have a high respect to other people. Including when someone is on vacation. It is a sacred matter.
I have seen very important projects. So important that the whole organisations well being was depending on the success of these projects. And if very key people to the project had their vacations sceduled before the critical days to the project, there will be nobody, I say NOBODY from the highest ranks even who would even ask or even hint to postpone your vacation.
The top priority project would rather be freezed for the whole period of the key person’s vacation. Nobody would ever hint even in the shade of their voices that this person should feel quilty or anything like that.
OK, I am on vacation and I am lazy to type more. I hope you got that, in Germany your vacation is guaranteed. And there are 6 weeks of annual vacation. More than in any country I know.