It might be the weekend, but our 12 days of perfect Christmas planning continues. And that highlights one of the most insidious risks to the Christmas break: the intrusion of work into our annual holidays.
An online survey by cloud telephony provider Fonality suggests that we’re not all going to get a break. Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 40% said that they would end up doing some work between Christmas and New Year, even if they were officially on “annual leave”. Unsurprisingly, checking email was the most common work task, with 31% saying they would do say, and most of those saying they would do so several times a day. Rather oddly, just 15% plan to check email on their mobile phones.
You might not want to go to the extremes of the US academic we recently highlighted who ignored all email sent while she was on a break, but annual leave should be annual leave. Sure, if a quick 15 minutes each day means you won’t face a horrendous stack of email when you get back, it might be worth it. But stick to that 15 minute limit — don’t let yourself get distracted by doing “just one more thing” and suddenly find yourself emerging from replies two hours later.
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