Maybe I stand alone in my feelings on this one… and I wish I didn’t feel this way…
But one of the reasons I always dread returning to work from a week-long vacation is that I know everyone who sees me is going to sincerely ask me this immediately:
“How was your vacation?”
I suppose I should analyze the psychology behind why I find that question to be pesky.
1) I just got back from missing at least 5 business days of work. It’s going to take me at least half a day to simply get caught up on my email alone. I don’t have time to be chatty on my first morning back.
2) It was a vacation from work. It’s pretty obvious I had a good time.
3) If I didn’t have a good time, that would be an awkward, unexpected answer. So even if it was a bit stressful at times, travelling with a kid and driving across the state of California or Florida, I might as well say it was a good vacation because otherwise it would only lead to more annoying questions.
4) Why ask me, when you can just look at my Facebook pictures that I uploaded last night? Just look on your phone. What is this, the year 2003?
5) I am bummed because now I have to be back at work. I’m not in the mood to talk about fun stuff. I am still in culture shock, you know. Just 3 days ago, I was still at the beach.
Yes, I sound like a jaded, yet responsible 34 year-old husband and father.
Coworkers are just trying to be friendly and nice. Their hearts are in the right place. I bet they even missed me while I was gone.
Asking, “How was your vacation?” is probably their way of simply welcoming me back.
But seriously, can’t they wait until the end of my first week back- after my brain has had a chance to get fried from all the Excel data entry and I’m ready to escape again mentally?