98.3 TRY Social Dilemma: Should You Turn Off Your Spouse’s Work Email While On Vacation?


ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Tuesday’s 98.3 TRY Social Dilemma came from Kevin. It’s about work and vacations.

Hi Jaime. My wife and I were taking our first vacation in two years. She is always working and brings her work home with her every night. I was looking forward to having her all to myself. As soon as we got to the hotel, a bell goes off on my wife’s computer. She runs right over and is immediately caught up in a work e-mail . . . on vacation. I said, “this isn’t going to be a thing all weekend is it?” She said, “Sorry, it was just this one thing.” I see how many messages she always gets and knew this wasn’t just a “one thing.” So, when she was in the bathroom, I turned the work email notifications off. I knew that she needed the down time and was doing her a favor she couldn’t recognize. We proceeded to have an amazing and relaxing weekend! That first night back, she is super-pissed at me as she realizes how many e-mails she missed. She said that I am not to touch her stuff and that I sabotaged her from getting her work done. I tried to let her see that I actually saved her. Now, she is stressed like we never even took a vacation and our relationship has taken a hit. Am I the jerk she says I am for what I did? Thanks for using this as your dilemma Jaime ~ Kevin.

Wow, this is tough. I understand wanting to make sure that we have time away from work. I’m guilty of answering work emails while I’m on vacation too, but I work really hard to only check once a day. I know Kevin only wanted to help, but I don’t think he should have shut off her notifications without asking her. His intentions were good but making that decision for someone else feels wrong to me.

What do you think? Let’s help Kevin out and let me know on the TRY Facebook page.

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