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Working Vacation? Most Americans Would Rather a Root Canal

Hal M. Bundrick

NEW YORK (MainStreet)—Are you taking your boss to the beach? For most Americans, it may seem like it. 54% of U.S. adults say their boss expects them to work during a vacation, and while they don't like packing their briefcase with their beach ball, nearly two-thirds (64%) of vacationers check their work email while on their family get-away, according to a new study commissioned by Ricoh Americas Corporation and conducted by Harris Interactive.

How big of a pain is this working vacation syndrome? More than half (51%) of employed Americans who ever take a vacation said that they would rather get a root canal than work during their annual getaway.

Not only is the urge to work likely ruining a vacation, it's not helping your love-life either. 67% of survey respondents said family members get upset when loved ones work on vacation.

However a working vacation may be better than no vacation at all. A 2012 survey for CareerBuilder found that vacations were financially out of reach for many Americans as one in five workers (19%) said they couldn't afford to go on a vacation. An additional 12% of workers who said they could afford a vacation had no plans to take one.

That survey also verified the concept of a boss in the backseat during the family road-trip, reporting 37% of managers expected their employees to check in with the office while on vacation.

"Workers absolutely must have a chance to recharge for themselves, their families and their career," says Ricoh Americas Corporation VP of Strategic Marketing Terrie Campbell. "Employers ignore this need at their peril. Workers will choose desirable employers by whether they encourage you to disconnect on vacation or not."

--Written by Hal M. Bundrick

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