Consumer Watch: Last chance for vacation


by Andy Treinen

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 29 at 4:30 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Summer is coming to a close, and while many Americans took a vacation, most of us didn't get away from it all.

A recent survey by TripAdviser found 77 percent of Americans confess to doing some work away from the office. Some stated they were motivated by guilt, others by the boss.

Brooke Ferencsik, a TripAdviser spokesperson, said, “Twenty percent said it's a guilt thing; they feel this need to check in on vacation. And then another one in five people said they really think their boss expects them to be checking in and working, even when they're out.”

The most common work related activities committed while on vacation, according to the survey, is that 9 in ten American workers have checked their email while on vacation, and 85 percent responded to emails.

Forty-five percent confessed to checking voicemail, while 40 percent said they returned some of those calls.

Forty-two percent said they created or edited a work document.

Aiding in all of this is our electronic devices.

“Iit really sets this expectation for them that they are checked in, when they're really supposed to be checked out,” Ferencsik said.

Americans have one final long weekend of summer to unplug. Experts recommend designating a trusted co-worker to handle the little things that pop up, and letting others know this person is helping you in your absence.

Experts also suggest setting aside only 30 minutes of each vacation day to check in on email and voicemail, so you don't spend the entire time looking at your screen.

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