4th of July Perfect Day to Relax

Happy 4th of July!

Today is a federal holiday so most of us should not be working.

However, a recent Oseterman Research Survey commissioned by Neverfail indicates that 83 percent of us check email after work on a smartphone or mobile device and more than 66 percent of us bring a work-related device on vacation.

While it may be difficult to disconnect for a week, why not disconnect for a day – today?

Instead of checking emails, writing a report or catching up on work-related reading, spend today relaxing. Enjoy a picnic, watch the fireworks, catch a movie in an air-conditioned theater, read a book or simply watch the tomatoes grow.

The idea is to give yourself a break. Enjoy!


PR Still Ranks as Stressful Job

Last year I shared how PR executive came in number two on CareerCast’s most stressful list just behind commercial pilot. I’m not sure what has improved since then, but this year it’s down to number seven on the list.

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PR practitioners juggle lots of assignments, which leads to stress. (Photo by Cynthia Price)

PR executive was chosen because it is a “highly competitive field.” Of course, there is also the public speaking and interacting with members of the media, some of whom can be quite hostile. And don’t forget the deadlines.

CareerCast also ranked event coordinator as stressful, placing it at number six. The events I have planned have been stressful enough, but I’ve never had to do a major one that garnered national attention. Frankly, I would not want that stress.

Among the worst jobs are broadcaster and newspaper reporter, both of which face the same deadlines as PR staff. And reporters have the constant threat of layoffs as the media environment continues to shift. My colleagues in the profession could have told you this without the survey.

If this news depresses you, you might check out the list of best jobs, which includes software engineer, actuary and human resource manager.

Despite the stress, I’m sticking with the communications field. There is still too much to love about it, including being in the thick of things. What do you love about your job?