Many Aussies Struggle With Leaving Work Behind While On Holidays

Having internet access while on holidays can be handy for planning and leisure, but it also makes us more vulnerable to checking up on work at the same time. A survey suggests that many of us succumb to that temptation, with two-thirds saying they have taken advantage of technology to work during breaks.

The survey of 500 Australian workers, commissioned by HR advisory firm NorthgateArinso, also found that 30% of people worked during their daily commute. I do that myself, and I don’t think that’s problematic in and of itself; the issue is being sure your employer recognises that this is part of your work routine.

Similarly, the problem with working on holidays is partly a question of scale. There’s a big difference between looking at your email once during a week-long vacation and dedicating time to it every day. The former ideally wouldn’t happen, but shouldn’t wreck the holiday for you or fellow travellers; the latter definitely suggests a problem.

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