Workers Don't Truly Disconnect While On Vacation

Workers Don't Truly Disconnect While On Vacation

Summer is upon us and many people are planning to pack up their cars and take some time off for a vacation. The thing is, most of us won't truly be taking a break from it all. According to the Mobile Messaging Study conducted by Osterman Research, 79 percent of respondents take work-related devices with them on vacation.

Given the number of email messages many of us receive each day, it's no wonder people find it easier to keep up with messages when we're away on vacation rather than come back to an overwhelming pile of email when we return to the office. Some people also check email out of fear: According to CareerBuilder's 2009 vacation survey, nearly one in five workers are afraid of losing their jobs if they go on vacation or feel guilty being away from the office.

Even though many of us check email while on vacation, not everyone does so openly: more than one-third of respondents to the Mobile Messaging Study admitted to hiding from friends and family in order to check email while on vacation.

Other interesting facts from the study:

  • Nearly half of survey respondents admitted to traveling up to 10 miles just to check email during a vacation.
  • More than one-third of respondents admit to checking mobile email even during such vacation activities as skiing, horseback riding and biking.
  • Respondents report spending an average of 147 minutes using email per day, and just 54 minutes on the telephone.

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I think there is a subliminal thing going on here. People who are on vacation already know that when they come back, that a huge pile of papers will most likely be piled on their desk, or whatever comparison to work overload would suit you best.

Anyway, by checking their mobile email they get a good idea of what's in store for them when they return. Also, since they don't have to worry about it now (at least they shouldn't) it won't stress them out as much.

It's like filling up your car with gas. When YOU fill it up, you're like "bawwwww gotta be economical" but it someone ELSE fills up your tank you are a little bit or maybe much more lenient on how aggressive you drive.

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Its more of a personal preference. If you don't want tonnes of work piling up, ten minutes in a day answering your email does not harm. After all, its a break from the vacation atmosphere. Stick out tongue

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Well I guess I never really go a day without checking in at the very least with work.

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If I'm within range of a PC I'll occasionally check my email and I've definitely done some work while on vacation but I don't go through extra effort to try and get to a PC if I don't have one with me.

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