Is work creeping into your scheduled time off? If so, you’re not alone.
Many other people face the same issue: 61 percent of employed Americans who took part in a recent survey reported that they expect to work during their summer vacation — up from 52 percent in 2012. The survey was conducted by Teamviewer with Harris Interactive.
Tasks the survey respondents said they expect to perform include:
- Reading work-related emails – 38 percent
- Receiving work-related calls – 30 percent
- Receiving work-related text messages – 24 percent
- Being asked to do work by a boss, client or colleague – 20 percent
- Accessing a document on a work or home computer – 32 percent
Survey respondents also said they would pack the necessary electronic devices to handle work-related tasks:
- 69 percent said they will bring a work-capable device with them on vacation, with 61 percent who plan to bring up to three such devices
- 67 percent said they actually expect to use a device for work-related purposes, with smartphones as the most popular device to use, followed by laptops, desktop computers and tablets
Perhaps not surprisingly, six percent reported that they would use their vacation to update their resume to start job hunting if asked to work during their time off.
Can you still deduct from an employee’s vacation balance when the employee performed work? Does it make a difference if the employee is classified as exempt versus nonexempt?