Do you check your work email on vacation?
If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. Almost two-thirds of workers feel the need to check in with the office while out of the office.
But as more and more people are affected by the dreaded “email creep,” many employees are opting out of checking in by blaming limited WiFi or cell phone service.
A new survey by Allianz Global Assistance shows that 49% of Americans say it’s OK to fib a little about their connectivity while on vacation. And the generation most likely to use that excuse? Millennials — the same generation most likely to embellish their resumes.
And as with their resumes, boomers are the least likely to lie in order to get out of checking in with work while on vacation.
Other research has shown boomers prefer to take fewer vacations, as long as they can pull the plug during the trips they do take. An AARP survey showed that more than half of boomers would even take a vacation without their cellphones altogether, something the vast majority of millennials wouldn’t even consider.
Almost three-quarters of millennials check their email on vacation but would prefer this option to taking less time off over the year.
“Most working Americans feel pressured to spend their vacations attached to their work email, when they may just need a few days to unplug. Consequently, half of U.S. workers are willing to lie about lack of connectivity to set them free from work obligations,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA.
So it seems like boomers have the right mindset — take real time off from work sans email, albeit less often, but come back refreshed and ready to go.
And they don’t even have to fib about it.