Americans Likely to Check Work E-Mail over the Holidays: Survey
The vast majority (79 percent) of U.S. working adults say they have received work-related e-mails over the holidays.A survey showed the majority of employed American adults (59 percent) check work e-mails during traditional family holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and other major holidays. Of these, more than half (55 percent) check work e-mail at least once a day and more than one in four (28 percent) do so multiple times throughout the day. Xobni, the creators of a Microsoft Outlook add-in that helps people more manage their e-mail and business relationships, sponsored the November online survey, conducted on its behalf by Harris Interactive. American workers continue to be inundated with e-mail at work and this latest survey shows that there is no sign of slowing down during the holiday season, with 79 percent of those who check e-mail while on holiday stating that they have received a work-related e-mail from a colleague or client on holidays. The onslaught of work is leading to growing contempt by American workers, with 41 percent of those that ever received work e-mails from a co-worker/client while they had time off for the holidays saying they are annoyed, frustrated or resentful after receiving these e-mails.
Younger adults have the strongest opinion on the matter with 56 percent ages 18-34 sharing they have the above reactions compared to just 39 percent of adults ages 35-44 and 30 percent ages 45-54. The survey also found that 12 percent of respondents actually "dread" seeing work e-mails populate their inbox and 10 percent even feel pity for those who do send work-related e-mails on holidays.