Thursday, November 16, 2006

'Getting Away From It All' Going Out of Style? - Rasmussen Reports

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Really, Americans must be truly as dumb as Borat portrays them. Not so much because they are being exploited, but because they think its all so wonderful that they vote against or ignore anyone that would help improve their condition and never think about joining a labor union. I imagine that a lot of these people are worried sick because gays are going to get married or if Bill Clinton is the anti-Christ. Whenever they ever do get a vacation they should take a trip to Scandinavia, have a look around and wake up. DS

Abstract: More than one-third (37 percent) of U.S. workers anticipate not using all of their time off this year, according to a new Hudson survey. In fact, one in four workers (24 percent) have not taken any time off this year, and an additional 14 percent have not taken a vacation longer than a long weekend. When they do get away from work, 39 percent of employees check in with the office most days, if not every day. Add in those who call the office or check email occasionally and a resounding 72 percent of the work force stays in touch with the office to some extent when they are supposed to be winding down. Nearly all managers (87 percent) also keep in contact with the office while taking time off. That said, it is not surprising that two-fifths (38 percent) of workers and managers return from vacation no more relaxed or even more stressed than when they left as a result of the work they missed. "Modern technology makes staying connected to work while on vacation easier than ever and helps to blur the line between work and personal time," said Peg Buchenroth, vice president, human resources, Hudson North America.(...) When it comes to the holidays, many workers still do not get a chance to unwind. Half of employees say their company does not offer them any extra flexibility around the holidays in order to shop or make preparations. Approximately the same amount (54 percent) also indicates their office is no more casual during the holidays than the rest of the year. LINK

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