Being asked to work while on vacation is a big no-no for workers, new research has found.
Forty-five percent of workers worldwide say it is unacceptable for managers to ask them to work while they are on vacation. On the other hand, just 11 percent of workers say they would not mind if they were asked to work while on vacation.
However, some workers fall in between those extremes when it comes to being asked to work while on vacation. Seventeen percent of respondents say it is OK to occasionally be asked to work while on vacation. Additionally, 27 percent say they prefer not to work while on vacation.
"Some of us feel the need to stay connected to our workplace even when we’re on vacation," said Mary Ellen Slayter, career advice expert for Monster.com, which conducted the research. "When you take the time to clear your mind of business issues, you gain a better perspective on them when you return to the office.
Workers from around the world have different attitudes about working while on vacation. Seventy-three percent of respondents in Germany say it is not acceptable to be asked to work on vacation. On the other hand, 39 percent of workers in the United Kingdom and 37 percent of workers in North America say it is never acceptable for managers to ask workers to work while on vacation. Thirty-five percent of French workers say bosses should not ask them to work on vacation.
"Additionally, when you go on vacation and know the office won’t contact you, you can enjoy yourself more — your spouse and children want and deserve your undivided attention when you’re on a family vacation," Slayter said. "Use your vacation as it was intended. You, your co-workers and your family will all reap the benefits."
The research was based on the responses of nearly 4,000 workers worldwide.