Younger workers less likely to unplug while on vacation, survey finds

Almost half of younger workers say they have some contact with work during vacations, a new survey has found.

According to findings from Accountemps, 46 per cent of employees aged 18 to 34 check in with work while on vacation. That compares to 34 per cent of all Canadian workers surveyed who said so and was significantly higher than the findings for those aged 55 and over (27 per cent).

“Today’s professionals have a lot on their plates, and for some, the occasional check-in to confirm all is well may offer peace of mind and help them concentrate on relaxing,” said David King, president of Accountemps.

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The survey found Canadian professional employees plan to take an average of nine vacation days this summer, down from 11 days in 2017. The frequency of office contact, however, has remained fairly stable. Last year, 33 per cent said they checked in with work while on vacation, which was down from 36 per cent in 2016.

“Preparation is key to a restful vacation,” said King.

“Plan ahead by delegating assignments to team members to keep projects on track and proactively limit how often you check in. By letting yourself unplug and reset, you’ll return more energized, focused and productive.”