TURN OFF, TUNE OUT, DROP THE BLACKBERRY: Tech-free Vacations are Better for You!
With quick access to emails and texts on cell phones, iPads, and laptops, Americans today are finding it harder and harder to disconnect from work. What's more, during the critical time needed to recharge our own batteries—vacation—we keep on making calls and responding to emails. Because of this, Americans are facing more stress, burnout, and health challenges than ever before.
Realizing the impact this has on productivity, some employers have begun offering incentives to encourage employees to "unplug" while on vacation.
How does $7,500 sound? That's what one Denver software company is offering, on top of normal paid time.
Available for interviews to discuss the importance of breaking free from our devices and getting a more fulfilling, honest-to-goodness vacation is Chris Brady, humorist, leadership guru and author of the new book, A Month of Italy: Rediscovering the Art of Vacation.
In the amusing and perceptive book, Brady relates his own story of overcoming constant stimuli and learning to relish moments that are more important than they are urgent.
The goal, as Brady explains, “...is to give an emotional impulse to people so they can find the strength to unplug, even if for a little bit, every once in a while.”
He elaborates in a recent post on his blog:
“I really believe people are almost addicted to their electronic interruption devices. As a result, they routinely allow the urgent to take precedence over the important, such as relationships with our children and spouses. Those little ones grow up so fast, and it is easy to miss out on so much by giving the excuse, ‘I’ve got to work’ or ‘I’m in an important moment in my career right now,’ when, truthfully, those reasons could probably be given every day of our work lives until we die. Once our children have grown, that’s it!”
So put down the “Crackberry” and get more insight into the dangers of a trend towards device addiction and the restorative awards to be reaped from leaving it all behind—all told through the lens of one highly acclaimed and entertaining book.
Call Special Guests now to arrange an interview with author Chris Brady.
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ABOUT CHRIS BRADY:
Chris Brady has one of the most unique resumes, including experience with a live bug in his ear, walking through a paned-glass window, chickening out from the high-dive in elementary school, destroying the class ant farm in third grade, losing a spelling bee on the word “use,” jack-hammering his foot and sinking his snowmobile in a lake. Chris is an avid motorized adventurer, world traveler, humorist, community builder, soccer fan and dad.
As an author, Chris co-wrote the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Weekly, USA Today, and Money Magazine best-seller LAUNCHING A LEADERSHIP REVOLUTION, as well as several other acclaimed books on leadership and success. He is among the World’s Top 30 Leadership Gurus and his blog at www.chrisbrady.com has been recognized several times as a top management and leadership resource.
Chris and his wife, Terri, have four children and live in North Carolina and Florida.
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