Working or Relaxing? Korn Ferry Survey Shows Execs Have a Hard Time Unplugging from the Office During Vacation
More than Half Say They’ve Argued with Spouse Over Working During Vacation
One-Third Say They Work During Vacation Because They “Enjoy It”
Eighty-One Percent Say They’ve Cut Short or Cancelled Vacation Due to Work Pressures
Nearly All (97 Percent) Say They Are Connected to Work on Vacation
Nearly three-quarters of respondents say that during vacation, they check in with the office at least once a day, with a third saying they connect multiple times a day. This apparently does not bode well for their relationships, as 54 percent say they have had disagreements with their spouses about working when they are supposed to be on holiday.
While 46 percent say they are connected to work because they get pulled into critical issues or need to put out fires, 35 percent say they work on holiday because “they enjoy it.”
“For most executives operating at today’s breakneck pace, balancing
careers, family and personal time is a tightrope act. While the lines
between beach time and business are increasingly blurred, it’s critical
that professionals find a way to step away and follow their passions or
enjoy time with family and friends,” said
While 88 percent of executives say they plan on taking a vacation that is at least one full week long, 81 percent say they have cut short, delayed or cancelled a vacation due to work pressures. When they are able to take a few days off – 97 percent of executives say they still connect to work.
In addition, 65 percent of executives say they do not plan on using all of their vacation time in the coming year.
About the Study
While on vacation, how often do you connect to work?
|Multiple times a day||33 percent|
|Once a day||38 percent|
|A few times per week||19 percent|
|Once a week||6 percent|
Have you ever had a disagreement with your spouse about being too connected to work while on vacation?
If you work while on vacation what is the primary reason for doing so?
|Too much work to do/Increased workload upon return||15 percent|
|Putting out Fires: I get pulled into critical issues||46 percent|
|I enjoy it||35 percent|
|I worry people will make wrong decisions without my input||3 percent|
|I’m afraid others will get assignments that I should get||1 percent|
After returning to work from vacation, how long does it typically take you to “get back into the swing of things?”
|No time||31 percent|
|One day||52 percent|
|One week||15 percent|
|Two weeks||1 percent|
|More than a month||0 percent|
|Never, I got back and quit||1 percent|
Do you plan to use all of your available vacation time in 2016?
Do you plan to take a vacation that is at least one week long this year?
Have you cancelled/delayed/cut short personal vacation plans due to occupational demands/pressure to perform at work?
Tracy Kurschner, 612.309.3957