Most Americans Work on Vacation
Including on the beach or toilet
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2013 4:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – A vacation doesn't necessarily mean time away from work, according to new research from software company Pertino. Not only do US employees—64% of men and 57% of women—get down to business on holiday, but (according to workers) 54% of bosses expect it. It's not just while lazing at home, either. More than a third of respondents said they've worked from the beach. Even bathroom stalls aren't safe: 31% said they did other business while on the commode.

So what does it mean for employees? More burnout, heavier strain on relationships, even diminished health, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Then again, 64% of respondents said that checking work email while on vacation actually helps them ease back into work after the holiday is over, LiveScience reports. "The Information Age has enabled unprecedented levels of employee productivity," Pertino's VP of marketing says. "It's all about setting whatever rhythm works for you."

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Jul 1, 2013 12:53 AM CDT
I cannot aford to get home if I cannot work on vacation !
Jun 30, 2013 10:26 PM CDT
If you work on your vacation then you are just plain stupid. It is no longer a vacation. So what if you are getting paid. You are not vacationing. If you are so driven to work then do so. But don't aggrandize it. Are you trying to "brown" nose? Then truly you are living in a fool's paradise. Take a vacation. Disable your silly entrapments, And live your life.
Jun 30, 2013 9:19 PM CDT
It's actually counterproductive to work while "on vacation." The time away from work is to help you refresh and resharpen your mind and body so you can come back ready to perform even better. You bring new perspectives, ideas and motivation to your job, which actually enriches the organization. Only shortsighted, simpleminded managers (and employees) ignore this, equating a real vacation with laziness. I would like to see an experiment where a company cuts staff members' access to work email while they are on vacation. I'm sure some folks would exhibit withdrawal symptoms similar to those experienced when a person kicks heroin.