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Most Workers Won't Escape Jobs During Vacation, CareerBuilder Survey Reveals

Money, Insufficient Time to Unwind Top Vacation Concerns

CHICAGO, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Welcome to vacation paradise. Blue skies, fine foods and -- a must for every summer getaway in the 21st century -- a place to recharge always-working laptops and cell phones. Just over half of workers say they will stay connected with work while on vacation this year, according to a new CareerBuilder survey, Vacation from Work 2002. CareerBuilder, the industry's most complete online source for efficiently finding better candidates and jobs, found that 51 percent of vacationing workers plan to stay in contact with work in 2002, up 11 percent from a year ago.

"Working vacations are now the norm," said Barry Lawrence, a senior career advisor at CareerBuilder. "Today, workers not only have to juggle work and life choices, they also have to juggle work time and vacation time. Those who go on vacation without a plan will find that vacations are a source of more, not less stress in the 24/7 world we now live in."

While 51 percent will make contact with work at least once during vacation, 20 percent will maintain daily contact. Also, according to the CareerBuilder survey of 1,300 respondents, 26 percent of workers say, "employers typically expect them to stay in contact with work while on vacation." When connecting to jobs while on vacation, workers are most likely to bring cell phones or pagers (22 percent), check e-mail (15 percent) or dial up voice mail (13 percent).

Vacation Worries
Four-in-ten workers indicated that they plan to spend the same amount of money on their vacation as they did last year. However, not having enough money is the primary vacation worry (27 percent) of the workers surveyed. Other worries: insufficient time to unwind (15 percent), bad weather (14 percent), unforeseen problems at work (12 percent) and unforeseen problems at home (11 percent).

Plan for Vacation
To get the most out of vacation time from work, Lawrence urges:
* Giving plenty of notice about vacation dates.
* Planning ahead with key team members to determine responsibilities while you are gone.
* Establishing procedures that will allow for work and projects to progress without your intervention.
* Practicing self-discipline: do not get involved in situations at work unless it is absolutely necessary. Stay focused on your vacation rather than the situation at work.
* Leaving an emergency contact number if your job is mission critical.

About The Survey
The new CareerBuilder survey, Vacation from Work 2002, was conducted in May and included more than 1,300 respondents. To collect data for The Survey, CareerBuilder commissioned SurveySite to use an e-mail methodology whereby individuals who are members of a SurveySite Web Panel were randomly selected and approached by e-mail invitation to participate in the online survey.

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