I'm going on vacation very soon. Is it necessary for me to stay in touch with the office while I'm away?

Sometimes part of being a good employee means doing some work while you're away from the office.

Sometimes part of being a good employee means doing some work while you're away from the office. You should discuss the situation with your supervisor beforehand, as each case is unique and dependent upon your own role in the organization.

Before you leave, it is crucial that you communicate to your supervisor and entire team about how your work will be handled so that you are all on the same page. If you anticipate any complicated assignments surfacing, make sure to leave detailed instructions for those who will be filling in. If there are any projects that will not be finished when you leave, discuss their status with your supervisor beforehand.

If it is required that you stay in touch while you're away, establish a daily time to check in so as to minimize disruption to your vacation. When you check in, be enthusiastic and willing to lend a hand if there is a crisis situation.

Before you return to the office, check your e-mail and voicemail so that you don't encounter any surprises.

Mary Lou Finn is SVP and HR director at Ketchum, Chicago.

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