Annoying boss during vacation

I work at a small fund, and I cover a handful of names. Because I cover them, I'm expected to stay on top of them, for example, keeping up with earnings even when I'm out on vacation. That's fine with me. BUT I am annoyed when my PM casually emails me random shit like, "wow, did you ever check our this company or that company, its cheap, etc " during my vacation. I usually keep my work email notifications on just to make sure nothing urgent happens, but it's SUPER annoying when he asks me random shit through email when I clearly don't want to be contacted. I've replied to him so far, but I didn't come on vacation to think about investing and work. How do I go about this? Ignore him until the last day? Reply at the end of each day?

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Aug 12, 2018 - 3:38am
Pizz:

"wow, did you ever check our this company or that company, its cheap, etc " during my vacation. I usually keep my work email notifications on just to make sure nothing urgent happens, but it's SUPER annoying when he asks me random shit through email when I clearly don't want to be contacted. I've replied to him so far, but I didn't come on vacation to think about investing and work. How do I go about this? Ignore him until the last day? Reply at the end of each day?

You want to be responsive, but if a chain convo starts, back off. Try to ignore him/her, but if he/she persists, you might want to say something.

Also, work on your non-committal bullshitting to convey interest in statements without actually saying anything.

ie. "wow did you check out this company, its super cheap"

reponse: "thanks for the send! definitely something to think about."

more committed response: "thanks for the send! definitely something to think about. I'll look into it."

and so on....

Work on ways of letting your boss know that you're paying attention to his/her statements and emails, but you can limit the amount of work you're putting on your shoulders by giving a bit of fluffer language on vacation.

If you have all the emails on your phone, you should be able to divert with ease, no problem, in a taxi on the way to your next destination on your travels.

I've had my computer die (motherboard) in another country affecting my deadlines and it was a real shit show. My company had international overnight delivery (of a replacement computer), but I was 2 hours away from a major city (no mail in my city) in the middle of nowhere in Mexico, at a beach surfing... lol

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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May 6, 2021 - 9:54am

That's like most of them. Just keep it brief "nice, will check it out". 

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May 7, 2021 - 2:59am

I don't want to sound like some high school hardo but in almost every fund I have ever worked at the PM's were thinking about ideas/positions all the time. One PM told me when I joined his fund (my first ever HF job) that this business is an 8 day a week 25 hour job and to some degree that is the case when you live or die by your performance. I agree it's a pain to be contacted on holiday over trivial stuff but sometimes you have to just put up with it if you work for one of those kind of PMs.  

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