Even on the cusp of this long Christmas weekend, there’s no rest for the weary.
The majority, or 59%, of working Americans check their work e-mails during Thanksgiving, Christmas and other traditional holidays, according to a survey by Xobni (“inbox” spelled backwards), a Silicon Valley startup that organizes Microsoft Outlook inboxes and address books.
Of those who do check e-mails during the holidays, 55% said they do so at least once a day and 28% do so multiple times per day.
Workers feel compelled to check e-mail outside of work to keep up with their jobs, noted Xobni’s senior director of product management.
Forty-two percent of the respondents also said they believe staying up-to-date during the holidays eases their workloads after having time off. In addition, with the increased popularity of smartphones, it is easier to access work e-mail and be on call all hours.
“Especially with mobile devices and laptops, people are taking them everywhere,” he said. Jacobson added that he also plans to check his e-mail over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Still, getting work related e-mails over the holidays is not always well-received. Forty-one percent feel annoyed, frustrated or resentful about it.
Others, however, are finding work e-mails provide a much-needed reprieve from family time. Fifteen percent of respondents said they feel relieved or thankful for having the distraction of getting a work-related e-mail from colleagues or clients.
Here is a helpful stat; Five percent said they purposefully check e-mail to avoid awkward family commitments.