The new stigma in professional life is taking a vacation. That's not done anymore. Not in summer, not around Christmas time, and not when there will be Polar Vortex 3.0 and you feel you must flee the Northeast Corridor for anyplace warm.
Professionals who take vacations and admit they do are relegated to the seventh layer (deepest) of professional branding as a "lightweight."
So, the trend, as Karen Firestone points out in the Harvard Business Review, is to keep any time-off under wraps. Usually that takes the form of a day or two here and there. The traditional two-week vacation has gone the way of the dumb phone.
That entails creating a cover story about why we aren't officially at our workstation. Mine consists of being on a deadline for another client or traveling on business where smartphone reception isn't too good. So far clients have accepted that.
No, it isn't right that we have to feign always being on duty. But that's the way it is if we want to be taken seriously in professional life. We have to demonstrate daily that we are completely in. Otherwise we will be pushed completely out. That's just the way it is.