Most Canadians remain connected to work even while on vacation, Monster poll says



    About one in four admit to checking email, phone messages, while some
    Canadians claim they 'never really stop working'

    MONTREAL, July 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The majority of Canadians responding to
a new Monster.ca online survey admit that they stay connected to work in one
form or another while taking their vacation.
    The new online survey involving 1,439 Canadians asked visitors to
Monster.ca the following question: "How much do you work while on vacation?"
    Nearly one in four respondents (23%) admitted that they "occasionally
check emails and phone messages" while on vacation. Another 17% went as far as
saying they "never really stop working" - even during their holidays. Another
17% said they make themselves "available for emergencies only" while on
holidays.
    Fewer than half of the survey respondents (43%) said they "do not work at
all" during vacation time.
    "Many Canadians seem to be missing the point when it comes to taking
holidays", said Monster Canada vice-president of sales and general manager
Peter Gilfillan, noting that using vacation time wisely is crucial to
maintaining a good work-life balance.
    "We obviously are working harder than ever today and taking time away
from the job is important, but it really means cutting links to the workplace
in order to relax, something many Canadians seem unable to do today, according
to the survey," Gilfillan said.
    "To maintain a beneficial work-life balance - and to keep your vacation
from turning into a stressful 'nocation' - people should organize their time
in a way that truly lets them get away from work and its related stresses.
Employers can also take the initiative to encourage their staff to use their
vacation time more wisely, in the interests of overall performance and
morale."
    Interestingly - and ironically perhaps - while most Canadians responding
to this survey say they stay connected to work while vacationing, 50% of the
responses to another Monster.ca poll revealed that they indulged in vacation
planning while at work.
    A total of 1,792 people responded to the Monster.ca question: "Do you
spend time at work planning summer holidays." Their responses broke down as
follows:

    Fifty per cent said no, claiming they plan vacations on their own time.
But one in four, or 25%, admitted they do "everything at work, from research
to booking'' when it comes to vacation planning. Another 25% admitted to doing
"a little bit" of vacation planning while on the job.
    Keeping your vacation from turning into a "nocation" is not that
difficult, according to the experts at Monster.ca. Here are some valuable tips
designed to keep the holidays all about you when the time to get away rolls
around:

    
    - Spend time before departing work to brief and prep colleagues on how to
      handle your responsibilities while you are gone;

    - Let clients, suppliers, customers and others know that you'll be away
      and whom they can contact in your absence;

    - Set up your voicemail and email to let people know the dates you are
      away and when you will be back;

    - Don't even think about checking your work email from your home computer
      or while on the road travelling;

    - If you are one of those people that finds it really difficult to
      "unplug" from the office, consider a vacation destination with little
      if any cell coverage and no Internet access!
    

    For more insights and advice, see the articles 'Vacation Smarts' and
'Holiday Nocations' at Monster.ca.

    About Monster Canada
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    Monster Canada (www.Monster.ca) is Canada's leading online career
resources portal - a bilingual, user-friendly site that is improving the
employment and recruitment experience in today's competitive job market.
Headquartered in Montreal, Monster Canada is part of Monster, the leading
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markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by
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For further information: or to arrange an interview: Robert Waghorn,
Monster Canada, (514) 350-0702, robert.waghorn@monster.ca; Louise Heggie,
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