Vacationing Canadians stay connected to work: poll

Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:45pm EDT
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By Claire Sibonney

TORONTO (Reuters) - The majority of Canadians say they don't disconnect from the office while on holiday, according to a recent poll.

Fifty-seven percent of people surveyed by job-search website admit to doing some work while on vacation, through e-mail and telephone, while the rest say they completely unplug from job-related responsibilities.

"It comes with the times of being habitually working, Robert Waghorn, a spokesman for Monster Canada, said on Monday.

"Even if they're not taking a vacation, they're at home -- after they've had dinner and put the kids to bed -- they end up putting in an hour, hour and a half of work to catch up. Or they'll do a little bit on the weekend -- and certainly technology facilitates this," Waghorn said.

"With the means of BlackBerry and now with the iPhone coming out, people are just accustomed to it."

Of the 1,792 respondents polled in June, 23 percent said they "occasionally check e-mails and phone messages" while on holiday, while a further 17 percent went as far as admitting they "never really stop working."

Another 17 percent said they make themselves "available for emergencies only" while on vacation.

Along with the latest gadgets making it easier for employees to stay connected to the office, Waghorn said that demanding workplace environments, job cuts and personal expectations also add to the pressure to stay in touch.   Continued...

<p>Business workers use their BlackBerry devices during a meeting in London March 6, 2008. REUTERS/Toby Melville</p>