A recent research has come to the conclusion that vacations where people completely disconnect from the office may be a thing of the past. "Workations," as they're being called nowadays, may be more common for professionals today.
Staffing company Accountemps, a Robert Half company, found that 54 percent of employees admitted to checking in with the office at least once or twice a week during their vacation, up from 41 percent just a year ago.
On the bright side, those who do connect with the office do so fewer times during their break: 15 percent of workers touch base at least once or twice a day, compared to 21 percent in 2016. Their reasons for checking in include gaining peace of mind that things were under control (54 percent), keeping projects moving along (53 percent), avoiding coming back to extra work (47 percent) and preventing colleagues from feeling undue stress (34 percent).
"When possible, use your vacation time to its fullest potential by unplugging from the office," said Michael Steinitz, executive director for Accountemps. "This helps you come back to work recharged and with fresh perspective."
Steinitz noted it's not always feasible for some employees to completely disconnect. "The reality is, many professionals, either by necessity or choice, will check in with the office to ensure things are under control and projects are moving forward in their absence," he said. "Employees who feel the need to connect with work should set clear boundaries to minimize the time they spend attending to office duties."
Additional findings from the Accountemps survey:
View a slideshow of the full survey results.
Edited by: G. Davila