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3 in 10 Workers Check Work Email While on Holiday, According to Survey

TORONTO, 18 JUNE 2015 – Thanks to the prevalence of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, workers have the ability to check in to work at any time, from anywhere. For many, that even includes vacation. A new survey shows that 30 per cent of Canadian workers check their work email while on vacation.

While the majority of workers (74 per cent) plan to take a vacation this year, 17 per cent say they are not because they cannot afford to, and 9 percent simply have no plans yet.

The national survey was conducted online on behalf of of more than 500 employees across Canada.

Back to reality

For as much as workers may look forward to their vacations, some may have a hard time relaxing anticipating what they will come back to. Nearly a third (32 per cent) of workers say they have come back from a trip away with so much accumulated that they wish they had never taken time off at all.

Separating business and pleasure

“Taking time off is important for employees to rest and recuperate from the stress of their daily work lives, so it’s important for employers to encourage their employees to take advantage of their allotted time off,” says Mark Bania, managing director of CareerBuilder Canada. “Some workers have a harder time than others checking out completely, however, and that can cause more stress than not going on vacation at all.”

Bania recommends the following tips to ensure workers make the most of their time off:

1) Take a “staycation.” Seventeen per cent of workers report that they cannot afford to take a vacation, but taking just a few days off work to relax at home, spend quality time with the family or catch up with friends can do wonders for your well-being.

2) Work ahead. Try to wrap up as many projects before you leave so they aren’t lingering in the back of your mind during your time away.

3) Don’t make it a guilt trip. Remember, your vacation benefits are there for a reason. Your employer wants you to take time off, so you can return refreshed, rejuvenated and productive.

4) Ask about discounts. If a tight budget is preventing you from going on holiday, ask your HR representative about any entertainment or travel discounts your employer may provide.

6) Set boundaries. Let co-workers and clients know you will be away, and who they can contact in your place.

The survey was conducted among 502 employees in Canada. The interviews were conducted online by Redshift Research in January & February 2015 using an email invitation and an online survey. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 4.4 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

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