U.S. vacations with a caveat: Work

July 29, 2011 at 3:43 PM
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NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- Many U.S. workers, especially men, indicate a vacation includes doing at least a little work, such as checking e-mails, researchers said.

The survey of 3,304 adults conducted by Harris Interactive found 54 percent of men and 37 percent of women indicated their vacation included doing a bit of work. Overall, 46 percent of those who indicated they would take a vacation this summer indicated they would also do at least a little work during their break.

Researchers said 47 percent of workers ages 35-44 indicated they would monitor e-mails while during vacation and 29 percent would check their work voicemail systems.

Other age groups also indicated they would work while taking a vacation, but not with as much frequency as the 35- to 44-year-old group.

Harris said "an unlucky but very small 1 percent" indicated they were so stuck they would work through their own vacations.

Harris said that group can "connect with the sentiment: 'What's a vacation?' because they work as if they are not on vacation at all."

All that is provided a worker takes a break this summer. The poll sponsored by Adweek and Harris Poll found 40 percent of U.S. adults indicated they were scheduling a vacation and 12 percent indicated they were not sure if they would take a break.

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