Given nearly one third of surveyed Australians checked work communication channels every day of their holidays, it’s no wonder so many of us struggle to establish work role boundaries. These results were pretty uniform between genders, showing men and women are equally susceptible to the lure of technology while on holiday.
They say that with age comes wisdom, however, according to the survey results, with age also comes responsibility. Although young people were more likely to check work communications overall while on holiday, older employees were significantly more likely to do so every day of their holiday. The likelihood of checking work communication channels every day of a holiday increased with age, from just a quarter of 18-24 year olds to 41.4% of 45-54 year olds. Seniority may have its perks, but this also shows that the additional responsibilities can make it more difficult to switch off from work. It’s possible 45-54 year olds felt they had more work to do than their younger counterparts, and therefore wanted to remain contactable in case any urgent problems arose in their absence.
Location-wise, Queenslanders were the most likely to check work communications every day of their holidays, with 40% of surveyed employees doing so, while at the other end of the scale, only 16.7% of Tasmanians checked their work communications every day of their holiday. Western Australians showed the most restraint, with 23.6% of those surveyed accessing their work emails just once during their holidays.
With these statistics in mind, it comes as no surprise that nearly a quarter of surveyed Australians have either deleted access to their work email throughout their holiday, or at least seriously considered doing so.