Study Shows Employees Are Expected To Work On Vacation, And Some Don’t Mind

July 2, 2013  |  

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While employees whisk away to a tropical island and enjoy the Caribbean breeze on a hammock, they can’t seem to shake off the demands of work on their time off. According to a new study, 54 percent of workers said their managers expect them to work during vacation, Business Daily reports.

Bringing along laptops, tablets and smartphones on vacation counteracts the purpose of vacation. A survey conducted by Pertino discovered that 64 percent of U.S. employees pick up work-related calls and regularly check emails pertaining to their job. Thirty-two percent of workers input their work files onto services like Google Drive or Skydrive to access business information while they’re away.

Relaxation is elusive for 21 percent of workers who claim that they wind up skipping “exciting things while on vacation to get business done,” adds Business Daily.

Todd Krautkremer, vice president of marketing at Pertino, suggests that when some employees engage in work during vacation, it is his or her own decision. Completely unplugging oneself from work is difficult in a new technological age that provides remote access to company files. Disengaging from the job can “lead to anxiety when an employee is disconnected for a protracted period of time,” said Kautkremer.

Entrepreneur adds that employees feel more at ease when they bring some work with them on their vacation. Having the reigns on the job from afar alleviates panic about the towering pile of paperwork that awaits them. About 47 percent of employees, according to Pertino, feel less stressed when they can still keep in touch with the office.

“For many, being able to check in makes it easier to check out for a while,” says Entrepreneur.

One must take precaution to not be such a workaholic during downtime. A study conducted by the University of West Florida found that employees who consistently work during vacation tend to have “lower satisfaction with their marriages and even reduced health,” says CSmonitor.com

Did you ever have to work while on vacation?

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