Why Employees Can't Disconnect While on Vacation

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Why Employees Can't Disconnect While on Vacation

    Why Employees Can't Disconnect While on Vacation

    When is a vacation not a vacation? When employees do work or connect to the office while taking time off—which they are doing a lot more frequently these days.

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.

This article was originally published on 2017-06-15
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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