HR Strange But True!
July 12, 2007

Yes, we know he owns resorts and has his own travel website, but builder, entrepreneur, and self-described workaholic Donald J. Trump has come out strongly against--vacations! He's just been quoted saying that employees who don't take their vacation days "are the kind of people I want working for me."

"I don't go on vacations very often," Trump said on one of his blogs, "and when I do, it's always a working vacation."

Over the holiday weekend, Trump said he was encouraged by a survey showing that one in five people do work on vacations, while 80 percent at least phoned, checked voice mail, or sent business-related e-mails while they are away. "These results don't surprise me," Trump continued. "They don't want to miss what's going on."

Plus, Trump said, making sure that bosses know that the employees are "available and dedicated is pretty smart."

And what about the necessity of cutting oneself off from work in order to totally unwind? Trump said not knowing what is going on at work and not being involved only creates more stress.

While Trump's travel website,, is oriented to the business traveler, it does have a vacation section. Obviously, Trump must think that vacations can't be planned, but rather quickly squeezed in when work schedules permit, since the vacation page heralds "last-minute deals" and "spontaneous escapes."

And while the site mentions "romantic" and "sun and beach" packages, it also offers the ultimate relaxing vacation--a trip to Cleveland , "So Rockin', It's Erie !" But you can "Travel Trump Style"--as long as you bring your laptop.

Source: The Trump Blog

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