Did you check your work email over the Thanksgiving weekend? If you did, you’re not alone.
This study, conducted by email and contact management company, Xobni, examines why people feel the need to check in on their time off and the associated emotions.
According to the survey, 41% of workers check in to ease the amount of work they’ll have when they return from vacation. While 37% were annoyed with the email distraction, 19% were thankful that it allowed them to step away from the dinner table for a bit.
It’s interesting that the supporting images in this article graphically portray the figures of those faced with email addiction, especially over the holidays. The graphic I found most interesting was the gender breakdown: 58% of men and 51% of women will check their email over the holidays. These percentages are down slightly from 2010 though, where 67% men and 50% women checked in. I definitely check my email more than my husband.
While it’s important to not let deadlines slip, it’s equally important to let the brain recharge so you come back to the office feeling refreshed and energized. At March, I encourage my employees to take a few days off around the holidays, both from the office and their inbox.
It’s very easy to check your email when out of the office, especially if you have an iPhone, Android or BlackBerry. It’s harder to avoid the temptation, especially in a hectic industry like PR, but treat yourself this holiday season to an inbox detox.