CHICAGO, May 18, 2009 - With only a few days until the official start of vacation season, money, anxiety and guilt are causing some workers to scrap their vacation plans. More than a third (35 percent) of workers say they havenít gone on or arenít planning to take a vacation in 2009; 71 percent of those indicate it is because they just canít afford it, according CareerBuilderís annual vacation survey. The survey was conducted from February 20 through March 11, 2009 among more than 4,400 workers. Additionally, close to one-in-five workers indicate that they are either afraid of losing their jobs if they go on vacation or feel guilty being away from the office.
Taking a vacation doesnít necessarily mean a clean break from the office. Half (50%) of employers say they expect employees to check in with the office while they are away, with 40 percent indicating itíll be necessary only if they are working on a big project or there is a major issue going on with the company. Close to three-in-ten (28 percent) workers say they plan to contact the office at least once, regardless of what they are working on, while they are on vacation.
Harris Interactive did the survey I assume this was by phone.
In the factory worker era one could escape work by walking out the factory gates. You could only work while on the grounds of the factory. A day off was a day escape from work. Not any more with emails and instant messages asking for technical support, sales prospect questions, and the like.
So look, it is hard to escape from work. Get wealthy, save more money, make more money, and then do not spend it. Freedom comes from cash. Want to stop worrying about work? Make more. Spend less. Save more. Even if you can't get away from work you can at least feel less worried about the continuation of your job.
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