Older employees on vacation do a better job of not checking in with the office than their younger, millennial counterparts, according to a new survey from accounting/finance staffing firm Accountemps.
About 70 percent of respondents ages 18 to 34 said they maintain some contact with the office when on vacation, the survey found. Just 39 percent of employees ages 55 and older did the same.
Overall, 56 percent of workers said they check in with the office while on vacation, while 44 percent don’t at all.
Michael Steinitz, the Accountemps executive director, said that the findings indicate employees increasingly can relax if able to check on the office from vacation, rather than cutting out entirely.
“Employees need time away from work to rest, relax and recharge,” Steinitz said in prepared remarks. “Yet for an increasing number of people, totally disconnecting from the office can have the reverse effect and add stress.”
In terms of vacationers who have work on the brain, professionals in New York, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Miami and Seattle check in the most, while those in Cleveland, Minneapolis, Denver, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City did best at checking out from work while taking time off.
Incidentally, employees will take an average of nine days off this summer, down from 10 in 2017, according to the survey.
Accountemps, a Robert Half company, developed the survey, and an independent research firm conducted it. Responses came in from more than 2,800 workers in 28 U.S. markets.
Source: Accountemps/Robert Half