Comparing industries, sales workers (50 percent) lead the industries surveyed in the number of workers planning to check in while away on vacation, followed by 37 percent of both financial services workers and IT workers.
Employers’ expectations play a role in worker decisions to stay connected while on vacation. Nearly one in five IT workers (19 percent) said working, checking voicemail and/or e-mail while on vacation is required by their employers, compared to 17 percent of sales workers, 14 percent of workers in the financial industry and 12 percent of those in professional and business services.
The stress of taking vacations may lead some to lie about ease of access at their vacation destinations. Seven percent workers said they have lied to their employers, claiming they couldn’t be reached on vacation.
"Taking a vacation is a great way for workers to re-energize themselves and bring fresh ideas back to the table," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.com. "Unfortunately for some workers, getting away can add unnecessary stress to their lives. Twelve percent of workers said they feel guilty when they are on vacation, and 6 percent felt that it could lead to them losing their jobs. If you prepare to be away in advance, your organizational skills may impress your leadership team and allow you to take a truly work- free vacation."
Workers plan to spend their vacations in a variety of ways, including:
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 6,987 U.S. employees (employed full-time; not self-employed) ages 18 and over between February 11, and March 13, 2008, respectively. With a pure probability sample of 6,987 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.2 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.
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