For those who do manage to get away, there may be an expectation to work during vacation – roughly one in eight (13%) employees (excluding those self employed) who have taken/plan to take a vacation this summer reported they are expected to work while away. Nearly one in five (18%) noted they are not expected to work, but they must be available should an emergency arise.
However, the majority can forget it all for a short time: two-thirds of employees (65%) who have taken/plan to take a vacation this summer said they are able to check out from their jobs completely.
More men who have taken/plan to take a vacation this summer (17%) report that they are expected to work while on vacation than women (8%). More employees in the South (18%) and West (17%) who have taken/plan to take a vacation this summer noted they were expected to work during vacation, as compared to employees in the Midwest (8%) or Northeast (7%).
The survey found more than half (52%) of full time/part time /self employed adults 18-34 would change their vacation plans if the economy continues its volatility, as would 44% of employees ages 35-44 and 42% ages 45-54. Older workers are less likely to do so – just over one-third (36%) of employees ages 55+ would change or cancel their trip.
People in the West and South are also more apt to change or cancel plans given the economy – more than half (53%) of employees in both regions noted they would alter their vacation compared to 38% in the Midwest and just one-third (34%) in the Northeast.The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor from June 21-23, 2011, among 2,203 adults ages 18 and older of whom 1,232 are employed full time, part time and/or are self employed, 1,103 are employed full time and/or part time and 172 are unemployed but looking.