Vacations are meant to be an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life – a time to relax, soak up some sun, have fun with family and friends or perhaps tackle an activity you’ve always wanted to try. Unfortunately for the majority of Americans, that’s simply not the case as a staggering 61 percent of people expect to perform some sort of work during their vacation.
The figure is up from 52 percent last year according to TeamViewer, a company that ironically sells a product used for remote support and online meetings. Of those that expect to work during their off time, 34 percent said they would do the work but wouldn’t be happy about it while 29 percent noted that thinking about work during a vacation leads them to believe their boss doesn’t respect their time.
All of this is a direct result of the always on, always connected world we live in. Not all that long ago, a world existed where the only way to get in touch with someone was through a landline telephone. Going on vacation, as in leaving your house to stay elsewhere, meant you simply weren’t able to be contacted (and bothered) during your away time.
Don’t get me wrong, there are still solutions to escape today’s connected world. Simply leave your gadgets behind or at the very least, turn off your phone while on vacation. The latter isn’t a popular idea, however, as only 13 percent of respondents said they planned to do so during their next vacation.
Have you ever had to work during a vacation or do you plan to do so this year?