Today is the first week of my family's summer beach vacation. The big question: will I be working?
If I work on vacation, I'll be in good company. A whopping 52 percent of Americans will work on vacation this year, according to a poll by TeamViewer and Harris Interactive. That's up from 46 percent the previous year. What kind of work do we anticipate doing?
- Reading work-related emails - 30%
- Receiving work-related phone calls - 23%
- Wanting access to a document on a personal computer - 19%
- Receiving work-related text messages - 18%
- Being asked to do work by a boss, client or colleague - 13%
The poll found men more likely than women (56% versus 47%) and singletons more likely than married folk (15% versus 6%) to plan to work on vacation. It's a sad state of affairs for someone who writes about work-life balance and the importance of unplugging for overall creativity, productivity and happiness.
But in the interest of full disclosure, I should confess that I am among those people who will check work-related emails. However, I am only going to check email once a day, and I will only respond to those missives that are truly urgent. After all, I took an unprecedented 2.5 week vacation earlier this summer -- when I truly unplugged from work -- so it's only reasonable that I get a bit of work done this week.
Have you mixed vacation and work this summer?
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