- Eighty-seven percent of workers said they think three day-weekends are a better source of stress-relief than longer vacations, according to a survey of 1,000 Americans by Cornerstone, a company that creates computer software for talent management.
- About 6 in 10 respondents said they work longer hours after a vacation, the survey revealed. And nearly two-thirds of respondents said they have more work to do when co-workers are out on long vacations.
- When out on long vacations, 60% of respondents said they rarely check in with colleagues. Slightly more than 40% of respondents said they never contact their co-workers while they are out on holiday, the survey found.
Some research appears to conflict with the findings of Cornerstone's report. A 2018 O.C. Tanner survey revealed employees who take a week or more of vacation time are more engaged at work than those who do not take that time off. Cornerstone's findings, and those of other vacation-related research, do invoke one certainty: The business world has not found a one-size-fits-all vacation solution.
Employers face many challenges when it comes to managing vacation. Employees may bicker over prime vacation time slots. Colleagues may roll their eyes when picking up the slack for those who are out of the office. Managers can ease these problems by planning ahead for workflow coverage and providing assistance to those left behind. They can also help eliminate stress for workers taking time off and for their colleagues by modeling acceptable behaviors, experts have said. When managers take their own time off without checking in constantly, they can communicate to workers that it's okay to disconnect.