Plugged In: Do you ‘unplug’ or stay ‘plugged in’ during vacation?

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To work or not to work during vacation?

For millions of Americans, that is the question.

A recent survey by TripAdviser found 77-percent of Americans confessed to doing some work away from the office.

The motivation varies.

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

Here are the most common work activities to do on vacation:

  • 90% check email
  • 85% respond to email
  • 45% check voice mail
  • 40% returned some of those calls
  • 42% created or edited a work document

Of course, portable electronic devices make working on vacation easier and more accessible than ever.

Experts say to get the most out of your vacation you should designate a trusted coworker to handle the little things that pop up and let others know this person is helping you in your absence.

If you have to work, set limits. For example, set aside no more than 30 minutes to check in on email and voice mail, so you don’t spend the entire time looking at your screen.

Do you work on vacation? Do you feel like your boss expects you to check in during your time off? We’re talking about it in “Plugged In.” Let your comments in the Facebook post below. Todd Meany might read them on-air from 6:30 – 9 a.m.