Nine-in-ten Americans check their work emails while on vacation, and 85 percent respond to them.
It’s the Labor Day holiday—do you know what’s in your office email inbox?
Nine-in-ten Americans do check their work emails while on vacation, according to a TripAdvisor working-on-vacation survey of 16,100 employed respondents spanning 10 countries. Eight-five percent respond to their emails. Less than half (45 percent) check their voice mail, while four-in-ten respond to that voicemail or create or edit documents.
More than half of American respondents said they do not mind doing a little work on vacation, while 44 percent would prefer to be totally disconnected from work-related activities. They are more likely than their non-American counterparts to report feeling guilty if they don’t work on vacation, the survey found. They are also the most likely to say that their managers expect them to do some work on vacation time.
Seems that Americans can learn something from their foreign counterparts on the concept of vacation. Nearly-two thirds of non-American respondents check their work emails while 56 percent respond to them. Only 20 percent check and respond to their voicemails.
Of those who do check their work emails while on vacation, 37 percent said it was a daily habit and did not consider it to be “work.” Four-in-ten check work emails several times per day, while five percent admit to checking in every hour or more.
Almost 40 percent of respondents said that with the rise in mobile device usage and Internet connectivity, employers expect them to be available. Almost one-third (32 percent) said it has compelled them to check in while out of the office.
Wealth is a factor in who is most likely to be checking office emails or phone messages, according to a Spectrem’s Millionaire Corner survey. While one-fourth of Millionaires surveyed said they always check office emails while on vacation, that percentage surges to 37 percent among those with a net worth of at least $5 million.
Office hierarchy, too, is also a factor in who is most likely to check in at work, with business owners (32 percent) and corporate executives (35 percent) most likely to keep tabs on news from the office.
What compels Affluent vacationers to take time away from their pina coladas or their “Gone Girl” paperback? Almost half said they want to be up-to-date on goings-on at the office, while 29 percent do because they don’t want to return to a backlog of emails and voice messages. Again, more than half of business owners (52 percent) and corporate executives (58 percent) are most likely to have this mindset.