According to a recent survey apparently one in five of us take our Laptop Computers with us when we go on holiday. The umbilical chord that some of us feel with the Office nowadays is so much that the stress drives the remaining four in five people out there to take their mobile phones with them when they go on holiday indicating that extensive periods away from the office and not in touch are a little bit much for some people.
Apparently it is a growing trend that growing numbers of us are interrupting our relaxation on holidays to stay in touch with the office and, more remarkably, purely just stay in touch with gossip.
One in five of us carrying out certain work tasks while we’re on holiday and the same amount checking real face from time to time just to monitor any inward calls. The addictive power of email and the lure of staying in touch is so strong that equal amounts of people check their e-mail while they’re on holiday.
The problem or solution depending on your outlook to the whole situation is Cole’s by the fact that nowadays 87 easy to stay in touch with the office from satellite locations or even holidays. Todays world of ever increasing sophistication and mobility in our workplace means that it’s easy to stay in touch when we are away from the office.
Research has cited a number of reasons for why we have the desire to remain in touch with the office while we are on holiday.
“I’m the final guy, so I make sure my customers are happy,” said Don Schneider, 43, a plumbing contractor from Buena Park, California, who also runs an online business that supplies video equipment for plumbers.
Schneider says he limits his holiday check-ins to about a half-hour daily and tries to do it unobtrusively so he won’t annoy family and friends, making calls from his hotel room or car.
Whether this is significant or not but it would appear that the higher educated and higher earners amongst us were the most likely to stay in touch and carry out work related costs lost on holiday.
The bottom line it would appear with regards to staying in touch with the office for any extended period is that although it was nice to be on holiday it is all so nice to relaxation wise to be on holiday and know that everything is okay back in the office.
Staying out of touch with the office can actually cause more harm than good in that more executives nowadays are reporting the fact that it is difficult not to keep in touch.
People under age 40 were likeliest to check their personal e-mails, voice mails or other messages from vacation spots. But people checking for work-related messages tended to be a bit older, perhaps reflecting the greater work responsibilities that can come with age.
“Men in their late 40s and early 50s, middle managers, feel they can’t afford to miss something, and a vacation is secondary to them in terms of importance,” said Geoffrey Godbey, professor of leisure studies at Penn State University.
Whether we choose to believe it or not but according to academics there are also aspects of work that we enjoy.
The final issue at stake is that to remain in touch with the office whilst we’re on holidays is it because we actually like the office?
With regards to this topic it certainly is a case of what this space.