While more than half of Europeans believe it is never acceptable to be asked to work while on vacation, only 37 percent of North Americans feel the same.
You have to admire the American work ethic. Take vacations. While more than half of Europeans believe it is never acceptable to be asked to work while on vacation, only 37 percent of North Americans feel the same, according to a new global poll conducted by job search site Monster.
Eleven percent of all respondents said they were not concerned at all about being asked to work on vacation, but nearly half (45 percent) said they found it unacceptable to be asked to take time away from reading “Entwined with You” at the beach or cheering Tommy Bartlett’s Water Show.
Many believe in a clear separation between work and vacation. Europeans, especially, consider vacation as a duty rather than a perk, according to a recent Expedia Vacation Deprivation survey. Most European workers have between 25 and 30 days of vacation time each year, and in France and Spain, they take full advantage, as do Brazilian workers. Germans take 28 of a possible 30 days off, while British, Norwegian and Swedish workers take all 25 they are offered,
For North Americans, though, economic realities and concerns about job security have made vacation time less sacrosanct. Thirty-four percent participating in the Expedia survey said they check in with the office while on vacation, while 34 percent “sometimes” check in. Thirty-two percent said they never do.
Overseas, Germans seem to take their vacations most seriously. Nearly three-fourths (73 percent) said they never find it acceptable to be asked to work while on vacation. In contrast, only 35 percent of French respondents and 39 percent of UK vacationers felt the same way.
American workers who are compelled to leave vacation days on the table, might be consoled that they are likely to at least get a vacation from their boss. A CareerBuilder survey last year found that 81 percent of managers have taken or plan to take vacation, compared to 65 percent of full-time employees.In 2007, before the economic collapse, 80 percent of full-time workers went on or expected to take a vacation.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.