Why Employees Can't Disconnect While on Vacation
Two different surveys—one from Glassdoor and the other from Accountemps—reveal that a growing number of U.S. employees can't completely "break away" while on vacation. For starters, they're not using nearly the amount of paid-time-off (PTO) days they've earned. When they do take vacation days, an increasing number of professionals still do work and/or check in with the office. What's more, it's getting more common for co-workers to contact colleagues who are on break. Clearly, the ever-ubiquitous nature of technology and connectivity are contributing to these trends—a reality that leaves many Americans feeling like they need more time to recharge. "We are seeing a push-and-pull situation when it comes to employees taking vacation and paid time off, in which people attempt to step away from the office for a break from work, but technology is keeping them connected with the swipe of a finger," said Carmel Galvin, chief human resources officer for Glassdoor. "[Professionals] should realize that stepping away from work and fully disconnecting carries a ripple effect of benefits. It allows employees to return to work feeling more productive, creative, recharged and re-energized." More than 1,200 U.S. employees took part in the Glassdoor survey, which was conducted by Harris Poll. More than 1,000 U.S. employees took part in the Accountemps survey.