Is it a 'vacation' if you still do work?
A new survey says a growing number of people don't expect to leave it all behind on their alleged rest and relaxation time.
Are you on summer vacation? Really, truly? Because a lot more of us, whether we want to or not, are hitting the smartphones and laptops even when we're supposed to be hitting the beach, hiking trail or lawn chair.
According to a survey commissioned by TeamViewer, an online meeting software company, 61% of employed workers say they'll work during their breaks this summer, mostly via their work-capable electronics, compared to 52% last year.
More than two-thirds of those surveyed said they'll go on vacation armed with a work-capable device, be it a smartphone (40%), laptop (39%) desktop computer (24%) or tablet (18%).
And the kind of work these supposedly off-duty employees are doing on their vacations doesn't sound particularly relaxing, with 38% saying they'll be reading work-related email and 32% accessing a work-related document stored on a home or work computer. Then there are those dealing with work-related calls (30%) and text messages (24%).
One in five of those surveyed also expect to be asked to do some work-related task by a boss, client or colleague during their vacation time.
More than ever, most Americans seem to understand their jobs hang in the balance. And the vast majority of those surveyed, 83%, said having to work while on vacation is becoming the norm. But that doesn't mean they like it.
In fact, 89% of those polled said they'd react, somehow, if their bosses ask them to work while on vacation.
34% said they'd do the work, but not happily.
29% would feel their boss didn't respect their time.
24% would worry about the boundaries of their personal life.
22% would flat-out say no, while 14% said they'd be glad to do the vacation-time work.
13% would turn off their electronics and ignore any work-related messages.
11% say they'd pretend to not have seen the incoming message, text or other communication.
6% would use the vacation time to update their resume and look for new work.
4% might throw something.
3% say they would cry.
2% would quit their job.
John Husing, an economist from Redlands, Calif., had an Internet connection during his recent boating vacation in Tasmania and the Antarctic coast. "It's the anxiety of not wanting to be out of the loop as a private business owner," he told the Los Angeles Times. "I don't want to be thought of as not being available."
But Husing noted that employed workers are also wary about the current high jobless rates and ongoing economic uncertainty. "The ghost of this is going to hang around for a long time," he said.
Let's get down to basic definitions.
If you are working on a vacation, then you are not on vacation.
It is your time, you earned it, and you deserve it.
P.S. There are very few jobs that required 24/7/365 presence.
Even on vacation I will think out a variety of ways to make my job more productive and interesting. Just as a diversion, you understand.
If my boss gives me something to do, it will conveniently be lost or left behind.
If you have any kind of responsibility...........YES.
If no, some bushwacker (who feigns civility) will backdoor your ****.
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