Workers don’t give themselves much of a break when they take a vacation. New research has found that 55 percent of workers cannot go a full week without checking work emails or voicemails when on vacation.
Furthermore, 45 percent of workers say they cannot go more than five days without checking on work-related functions. Workers say the most common work task they do on vacation is checking email, but workers also say that they sleep the day away while on vacation. Additionally, 21 percent of workers say they skip doing exciting things while on vacation to get business done. Fifty-two percent of workers say work is more likely to ruin their vacation than bad weather.
"Our research shows it's not only difficult for many to take vacation, but it's also difficult to unplug when they do," said Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Best Western International, which conducted the research.
Workers do work-related takes even though they acknowledge that it keeps them from relaxing on vacation. To that end, 64 percent of workers say that their job is the top thing that they need a vacation from, but a majority of workers do not take all of their vacation time.
The researchers also found that women were more likely than men to unplug when they are on vacation. Women are also more likely than men to say they need a vacation from their spouse or significant other.
The research, which was based on the responses of 500 travelers, was conducted by Wakefield Research for Best Western.