It’s vacation season. Many of you are executives or agency owners. So your responsibility is high and sometimes there is so much to do that it’s scary to leave the office for an extended amount of time.
Or maybe it’s always scary.
So for you, if you take a vacation, a vacation is not really a vacation. Feel alone in that thought? Don’t. Korn Ferry is a recruiting firm and it just did a survey of 400 executives and it turns out over half of them can’t resist checking in with the office when they’re on vacation.
Korn Ferry’s senior partner Kevin Cashman said even more interesting is 67% of those surveyed postpone or completely cancel a vacation because of demands at work. And he said a whopping 57% say they won’t end up taking all the vacation time available to them this year.
“Today’s executives are under constant pressure to drive growth, hit deadlines and deliver on the expectations of various stakeholders. The irony is that individuals who take time off are shown to be more productive, have higher morale, and are less likely to make critical mistakes,” Cashman said.
The survey also found 83% will take at least some vacation time this year but that same 83% say they will not completely disconnect from the office. Just 5% admit to entirely unplugging from the office while on vacation.
Here is the question Korn Ferry asked. How often do you connect to work while on vacation?
• 50% — multiple times a day
• 29% — once a day
• 9% — a few times a week
• 1% — hourly
• 5% — never
As for those altering their plans or not taking vacation at all, Cashman said they say there is too much work to do to head out, or many say it’s not worth going because it’s so hard to catch up when they get back.
Korn Ferry said — to no one’s surprise — that many executives worry too much when they take a vacation. Here’s what they asked: What worries you most a out leaving the office for personal time/vacation?
• 72% — Too much work to do / increased workload upon return
• 18% — Delegating my responsibility to others
• 6% — Potential negative impact on reputation
• 4% — Others in your company gaining an advantage in your absence
Source and source link: Korn Ferry, Carrier Management