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Don’t Call. Don’t Write. Being Asked To Work While On Vacation Is Not Acceptable With Workers In Many Countries

A global poll conducted by Monster reveals that, while 11% of respondents are not concerned at all with being asked to work during their vacation and would work during any vacation, nearly half (45%) find it unacceptable to be asked to work while on vacation. Europeans and North Americans have conflicting feelings on the subject, with 57% of European respondents never finding it acceptable to be asked to work while on vacation while only 37% of North Americans feeling this way.

“Some of us feel the need to stay connected to our workplace even when we’re on vacation,” said Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert for “When you take the time to clear your mind of business issues, you gain a better perspective on them when you return to the office. Additionally, when you go on vacation and know the office won’t contact you, you can enjoy yourself more – your spouse and children want and deserve your undivided attention when you’re on a family vacation. Use your vacation as it was intended. You, your coworkers and your family will all reap the benefits.”

Monster the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. asked visitors to their site the question, “If asked to work during a vacation, how often is ACCEPTABLE and would not be cause for seeking another job?” and received nearly 4,000 responses. International findings included:
  • Frequently – I am not concerned with working almost every time when on vacation – 11%
  • Occasionally – I am a little concerned with working occasionally when on vacation – 17%
  • Rarely – I prefer not working when on vacation – 27%
  • Never – I do not work when on vacation – 45%

Breaking down the numbers by region, there were significant differences between countries. For instance, 73% of respondents in Germany answered that they never find it acceptable to be asked to work while on vacation; whereas only 35% of French respondents and 39% of UK respondents felt that way.

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