Many Employees Must Take Working Vacations
Remember when a working vacation was a novelty? Well, those days are long gone. Thanks to ubiquitous connectivity, many Americans can never completely get away from their job, according to a recent survey from Ricoh Americas. The majority of respondents report that they work during vacations because their bosses expect it. They admit that working while on vacation is worse than a painful trip to the dentist, and they confess that their willingness to attend to job-related tasks while on vacation doesn't sit well with loved ones. Ultimately, it's up to workers to set reasonable boundaries—and bosses to respect them. "Both employers and employees end up paying the price of working vacations, and it doesn't have to be that way," says Terrie Campbell, corporate vice president of strategic marketing for Ricoh Americas. "Workers absolutely must have a chance to recharge for themselves, their families and their career. Employers ignore this need at their peril. Workers will choose employers [partly based on] whether they encourage [employees] to disconnect on vacation." More than 2,070 U.S. workers took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Interactive.