The first thing that stands out about these results is the number of people who had been contacted more than once. While 613 respondents had been contacted while they were on holiday, there were 1,009 responses to this particular question. Evidently, many people had been contacted for multiple reasons.
The most common reason that people had been contacted by a manager or colleague while on holiday was simply to ‘ask a question about something’. 62.8% of those surveyed had experienced this, making it almost twice as prevalent as the next most common response of ‘an emergency or problem cropped up’ (37.8%). Women were significantly more likely to be contacted to answer a question than men, with 70.1% of surveyed women compared to 54.4% of men. Perhaps this indicates that women are perceived as better problem solvers. On the other hand, it may paint a less than favourable picture of the workplace gender divide.
Conversely, if an emergency situation cropped up, men were more likely to be contacted, with 39.6% compared to 36.3% of surveyed women. 18-24 year olds were by far the least likely to be contacted in an emergency with only 29.5% of those surveyed. For every other age group this figure hovered around 40%, showing that senior employees were considered to be more reliable in emergency situations.
Nevertheless, when it came to locating a file, 18-24 year olds were the go-to age group. Nearly one quarter (23.5%) of those surveyed had been contacted by a manager or colleague for this reason. This percentage decreased for every other surveyed age group, reaching a low of just 11.1% among 45-54 year olds. In all likelihood, this is because 18-24 year olds are typically more ‘tech savvy’ than their older counterparts, and are therefore more likely to know where specific files are located.
The news wasn’t all bad, however, with 11.7% of those surveyed being contacted to discuss something unrelated to work. Women were again more likely than men to be contacted for this reason, 13.7% vs 9.5%, while 45-54 year olds were almost half as likely as any other surveyed age group to be contacted to discuss non-work related matters, with only 6.9%.
With all of this in mind, it comes as a slight surprise to learn that 40.2% of surveyed Australians chose to connect with their office during their last personal holiday.