Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Checking email during holidays

Mashable had a meaningful article on the percentage of people who can't relate to down time.
There are conflicting views on the positives and negatives of being "reachable" all the time. Owning my own business I appreciate being on the road, with friends, associates, and knowing if the blackberry is calm, I can relax and all is well. A few weeks back a major client had a server issue and was able to reach me on a Saturday morning. This could have been an even bigger issue the logger the server was down. I was able to make two additional calls to correct the situation and right an issue. So I'm a big believer in nipping issues in the bud and occasionally "blackberry peeking" when on holidays.

Here's the Mashable article for further food for thought. Written by Radhika Marya

A new survey from Xobni and Harris Interactive says 59% of employed American adults check their e-mail during holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Of the 59%, more than half (55%) check their work e-mails at least once a day, while about 28% check their e-mails multiple times throughout the day.

The survey was conducted online among 2,179 adults, 18 and older, earlier this month.

The survey also delved into how these workers feel about receiving these e-mails while on a holiday. Forty-one percent of those who receive work-related e-mails during time off say that they’re typically annoyed or frustrated to see the messages in their inbox. It looks like younger adults — specifically, 56% in the 18 to 34 demographic — are most likely to express these sentiments. Meanwhile, only 39% of those between 35 and 44, and 30% of those in the 45-54 age range, admit to being annoyed by work-related e-mails during the holidays. At least 12% of respondents admit to feeling dread.

But despite negative feelings, 42% of those who check their work e-mail also say they feel it’s important to stay up-to-date. Some believe it helps ease workloads — and a small number (19%) admit that the e-mails occasionally serve as a welcome distraction. Men are most likely to check their work e-mails during breaks. And as far as regions are concerned, those in the southern U.S. — 63%, in fact — are more likely to check their inboxes.

These new findings seem to be in line with a previous Xobni and Harris Interactive survey, which we reported on in September. The earlier survey looked into the habits of 2,200 workers in the U.S. and the UK. In that one, at least 50% of Americans admitted to checking e-mail during vacation days.

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