Can't Unplug on Vacation?

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

44% of employees typically don't check in at all with the office while on vacation, but that means 56% will! 70% of respondents ages 18 to 34 said they maintain some contact with work compared to only 39% of those ages 55 and older.

Problems can arise when hourly (non-exempt) employees check in when they are supposed to be on vacation. It’s important that your vacation policies specifically stress that non-exempt employees, who check in with work, must clock in and be paid for that time.   

Employees are connected to the office more than ever before. The percentage of employees who don’t “check in” while on vacation has dropped from:

•    59% in 2016, to
•    47% in 2017, to
•    44% in 2018.

"Employees need time away from work to rest, relax and recharge. Yet for an increasing number of people, totally disconnecting from the office can have the reverse effect and add stress," said Michael Steinitz, excecutive director for Accountemps. "Some workers enjoy greater peace of mind when they allow themselves to check in a few times — but not much more than that — while on vacation. Doing so confirms that all is well, which allows them to stop worrying and focus on relaxing instead."  

Source: Accountemps.

CEA suggests that employers review their vacation policies annually and update them as needed. Unsure about the compliance laws surrounding vacation or paid time off (PTO) policies? Give us a call, we will provide you with accurate, timely information, giving you peace of mind to enjoy your summer!



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