A job that requires you to be available when needed -- even when you're off -- can leave you checking your email even on holidays. One way to make it a little easier is to agree on a "signal" your coworkers will use so you know something is important enough to look at right now.
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Some of us need to be available during off hours for special situations, or we just love what we do and have a difficult time unplugging. Regardless, time off is important. Effective email autoresponders work well, but if you give your colleagues a special message to send you when it's really important, you can rest easier knowing that should something come up, you'll see it..