Turning off and tuning out may not be all that easy these days. With access to the Internet 24 hours a day from just about anywhere, it can be difficult to truly forget about work while enjoying some down time. There’s always that one email that needs attention, after all.
A recent survey carried out by advertising agency Gyro and Forbes Insights found that around 98 percent of the 543 business executives surveyed check work email when they’re officially off the clock. Of those surveyed, 63 percent say they take a look at their email every hour or two in their down time.
Even when on vacation, business executives can’t seem to leave their smartphone in the hotel room. Just three percent say they don’t look at their work email while on vacation.
The majority of those who took part in the survey said that they appreciate being able to check their email while out of the office.
The survey also revealed that 53 percent of respondents regularly step away from dinner to deal with work issues, while 59 percent make business decisions while at home. On the flip side, 98 percent of those surveyed (65 percent of who range in title from C-level to vice president) said they deal with personal matters at the office.
Despite those stats, just 15 percent of the executives say they find it difficult to separate work from family or personal time.
The study runs contrary to a report published by Prosper Mobile Insights, which stated that checking work email is among the least popular mobile activity while on vacation. Among mobile users who go on vacation, 78.8 percent say they take a smartphone or tablet with them and use it all the time, according to Prosper Mobile Insights.
Edited by Jennifer Russell