Chances are your vacation is long overdue. Try finding the time to steal away to a state park, much less to Paris or Rome. The office refuses to let you go. One in six professionals chooses to accumulate vacation days instead of using them, according to a new study from Oxford Health Plans.
Those brave souls who do manage to escape the clutches of the office may leave in body, but most remain connected via satellite. An amazing 83 percent of UK and U.S. workers who vacationed for seven or more days last summer remained in contact with their offices, according to Accenture.
Technology was the leash. Sixty-one percent of vacationers brought mobile technology with them. Of the 16 percent who brought a laptop, 61 percent checked work-related email. Of the 56 percent who brought a cell phone, 61 percent left the number with someone at work. (What were they thinking?) Thirty-three percent checked their voice mail, and of those, 62 percent returned calls.