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UK — Unstable economy drives necessity to remain contactable during holidays

05 August 2010

With bags packed, flights booked and foreign currency in their pockets the workforce might be jetting off but they're definitely not leaving the daily grind behind. Instead, 95% of the 1,000 UK city worker interviewed by data security solutions firm CREDANT Technologies, will be taking their mobiles and smartphones abroad with them with the expectation of working.

65% of those questioned that plan to take a Summer break overseas will remain in contact with the office, check email accounts and text to ensure things stay on track during their absence. Almost half will do so at least once a day even though they should be laying back and taking a well earned break.


Although this survey was carried out amongst UK city workers, CREDANT conducted a straw poll amongst office workers in both San Francisco and New York to see if the same was true for the US. Interestingly, it discovered that the results practically mirrored the UK findings and, if anything, suggested a slightly higher percentage this side of the Atlantic are working while away.

Unsurprisingly 54% of those that felt they had to be available while away from their desks admitted checking their emails would leave them more stressed instead of relaxed following their break. 58% confessed that the mechanics of remaining in contact, such as data security, caused them additional worry. 46% actually believe remaining in contact would leave them feeling in control and able to relax.

57% blamed being a work junky on the current economic climate making it important that they are reachable while away. 39% believe, rightly or wrongly, that their bosses actually expect to be able to contact them nowadays when taking annual leave.

Speaking on these results, Darren Shimkus, Worldwide SVP of Marketing for CREDANT Technologies, said "we seem to have changed to a global population of workaholics. Only 35% of our respondents have no contact whatsoever with work during their vacation which puts them firmly in the minority. Although on the surface this may seem like a good trend, especially for cash struck organisations, we deal with the aftermath from these industrious workers when company secrets have gone AWOL. The harsh reality is that when corporate information is accessed from a mobile device, whether it's personal or company owned, and it’s misplaced there are consequences."

 

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