What Holiday? Many Workers Will Put In Holiday Hours Credit: Laptop with Santa hat image via Shutterstock

Somewhere between sipping eggnog and opening presents, the majority of employees will find some time to squeeze in a little work while on their holiday vacation this year, a new study finds.

Research from the private vacation club Inspirato revealed that a quarter of employees plan to use some of their earned time off this month to get some work done.

Of those, 40 percent will occasionally check email and voicemails and will only work when necessary, with 36 percent expecting to work enough to keep projects moving forward. Fifteen percent plan to work a great deal, including always being available by phone or email.

While many would like to use their vacation time to completely break away from the office, more than half of the surveyed employees said they feel that working is the only way to avoid having more work pile up while they're away. Other reasons employees gave for working while on vacation include not wanting to be out of the loop, because their boss requires it and because they enjoy it.

How likely an employee is to work during holiday vacation may depend on where they live. Among the 10 largest cities in the U.S., Atlanta — at 40 percent — is home to the highest percentage of holiday vacationers who plan to get work done while technically off the clock. Meanwhile in Dallas, just 14 percent of employees — the least among major cities — are planning to work during their holiday break.

The percentage of employees planning to get work done on vacation this month in the top other cities are:

  • San Francisco:  35 percent
  • Boston: 31 percent
  • Houston: 30 percent
  • Washington, D.C.: 26 percent
  • Los Angeles: 25 percent
  • New York City: 24 percent
  • Philadelphia: 21 percent
  • Chicago: 20 percent

Overall, 30 percent of men, compared with just 19 percent of women, report plans to work while on break.

The study was based on surveys of 2,500 adults living in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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