Here's just a sampling: TeamViewer, a provider of remote-control and online meetings software, tells us that 61 percent of Americans plan to work on vacation. Neverfail, meanwhile, a software company that provides "continuous availability and disaster recovery for critical Windows-based applications in physical, virtual or mixed environments," says 79 percent of us take work-related devices on vacation. CareerBuilder finds that the duration of vacations is shrinking post-recession. And though it wasn't released this summer, online travel booking company Expedia shared its "Vacation Deprivation Study" last November to remind us just how awful American workers have it when it comes to getting time off.
But for some of us, sending a few work emails from the beach to prevent a crisis is a small price to pay if it means we'll get similar flexibility to make important personal calls here and there when we're back in the office. Yes, we may still need a reminder to step away from our email. But let's have it come from our spouse or our kids, rather than a company with another message to send.
Jena McGregor is a columnist for On Leadership.