I remember the first few vacations I took when I entered the workforce. There was no internet, cellphones, or ipads, nor did we use the term digital. I promised my boss that I would “try” to call the office while I was away but he had the phone number of where I was staying–just in case.
Fast forward a few years and I promised to check my emails if I could find a computer that could access Compuserve or AOL or Earthlink or any of the other services that offered online features.
Today, with wi-fi and smartphones and everything being done in cyberspace, it’s virtually impossible to get away from it all. And that brings ups the question: Do people tend to work more on vacation now than they did in the past?
Ricoh, the Japanese technology company, authorized a survey of just over 2000 Americans and found:
–54% of workers say their bosses expect them to work on vacation;
–51% of employed Americans say they would rather get a root canal than work on vacation;
–64%, however, said checking emails while vacationing makes for an easier transition back to work. But 67% also say their families get annoyed when they do it.
–for those who want to check emails and do some work, only 24% say their employer makes it easy to login in from remote locations or even home.
How about you? Do you work during vacations? Do you even take vacations?