Australians are struggling to put down the work phone and log off Facebook when on holiday, often to the detriment of relationships with travelling companions, a new Nielson survey has revealed.
Almost half of all Aussie holiday makers are phoned on work related questions by colleagues while on leave and almost a quarter say working on holiday causes conflict with partners and friends when away.
The new research, published in the 2012 Stayz Holiday Habits Report, also found that 51% of Australians confess to checking emails daily and 29% spend more than 15 minutes flicking through inboxes while away.
Evidently work’s proving very hard to escape, but for social media, it’s even worse.
While on holiday, over half of all Australians check their social status at least once a day, with 42% spending 15 minutes or more logged on to social media every day.
So much for ‘getting away from it all’...
“Our research found that many Australians are unable to break away from their daily routine while on leave, and technology, whether it’s keeping up with work or sharing experiences on social media, is an important part of holiday life,” says Stayz Dave Dunstan.
“It is not surprising then that almost one in five Aussies say that they are unable to relax and switch off from work despite being out of the office and on holiday.”
And with so many small businesses running their operations entirely from the cloud and using social media as a constant conversation with customers, escaping work is getting especially hard to do.
In fact technology has become such a central part of our lives, and working habits so ingrained, that 29% of survey respondents said that forgetting their mobile phone would make their holiday experience worse.
And, sadly, 17% of the population go straight back to work after a holiday without dropping past home first.
The research surveyed over 8,900 Australians over a four week period and was weighted to the national population.Are you able to switch off on holiday? Come tell us your rules of engadgement on the KBB Facebook Forum!