Study: Two-thirds of Czechs take their work with them on vacation
Summer holidays when people were able to kick back without once thinking about work are increasingly becoming a thing of the past.
The study found most now take their tablet, notebook or other device with them, retaining internet access and remaining within reach. The survey found that of the Czechs who continue to work while away, one-third works intensively. That goes against psychologists’ warning that holiday time should be used primarily to break daily routines and to get some R and R.
Psychologist Jeroným Klimeš tells Czech Radio that workaholics need to learn when to ‘shut off’; if work-related activities cut drastically into vacation time or time spent with loved ones, something is amiss.
“They are people who get bored at the cinema, when they are around a campfire and should be talking with friends, they get bored. If someone constantly pursues [work] activities it is extreme.”
“If someone is going to fret or worry about what awaits them when they get back after 10, 12, or 14 days, it [may be better to stay in contact].”
The study suggests that men (62 percent) were a little more likely to work while on holiday than women (51 percent) and that half of those who left electronic devices at home while on holiday, “missed them”. Those who missed the devices the most, somewhat surprisingly, are in the age bracket of 50 or more.
Of the eighty-six percent who take their devices with them, meanwhile, most keep in touch with families and friends at home.