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Workers Increasingly Accept Vacation Interruptions, Study Says

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The sort of “Let’s Get Away From It All” vacation immortalized in the popular song may be a thing of the past, as Jessica suggested in her recent post on how to “switch off [on vacation] without appearing to slack off.” A new study commissioned by business communications provider Intermedia, and conducted by Harris Interactive, confirms that workers are increasingly accepting of being contacted for work while on vacation.

A total of 71 percent of those responding to the survey said that they are OK with being interrupted while on their summer vacations. That percentage included:

  • 32 percent who said that email is the best way to reach them,
  • 20 percent preferred to be contacted by phone, and
  • 18 percent preferred text messages.

Interestingly, of the 29 percent who said it is never appropriate to contact them while on vacation, more than 7 out of 10 are over the age of 45.

Eighty-seven percent of those responding to the survey also preferred email for communicating with coworkers and business contacts while in the office. Of those responding, 31 percent said that voicemail is their least favorite mode of communication, followed by instant messaging (29 percent), and texting (26 percent).

The survey was conducted online from May 12-16, 2011 among 2,398 U.S. adults. Respondents were full- and part-time employed adults in the U.S. who have colleagues.

How accessible will you be on your next vacation?