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Australians are mixing business with pleasure even on holiday

September 3, 2013 Social Media No Comments Email Email

 TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, today revealed the findings of their Working on Holidaysurvey where more than half (55%) of Australian respondents1 admitted to checking their e-mails while on holiday. 

image003 (1)Seventy-eight per cent indicated that they never do any further work – beyond emails and work calls – during holidays; however, 16 per cent sometimes stretch their partner’s patience by writing presentations.

Wired to work even while on holiday

Despite one in three Australian respondents who agree that working while on holiday cause it to be less enjoyable, 60 per cent check emails at least once a day.

The top three reasons for checking emails while on holiday are as follows:

·         Reduce the number of emails that need to be read upon return

·         Helping colleagues while away

·         Able to relax more with the knowledge of what is happening at work

The top three devices used for work during a holiday are smartphones, followed by laptops and tablets.

Some work-life balance left

Fortunately, Australians are not complete workaholics with 42 per cent who say they never take or make work phone calls.

No stress from employer or partner

Sixty-three per cent of Australians say they are not expected by their employers to be contactable and work while on holiday.

Sixty-five per cent are able to take their full annual leave allowance. Forty per cent even report getting more than the four week annual leave allowance, with 51 per cent getting anywhere between 1 to 3 weeks more.

Eighty-four per cent of Australians say they have never argued with their partner for working during a holiday.

“The findings of our survey indicate that work demands in this age of technology are eating into the holidays of travellers, but most Australians are still able to take it in their stride and maintain a work-life balance,” said Jean Ow-Yeong, TripAdvisor spokesperson.

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