That climb so long awaited. Climb to the top of the organization chart. More benefits, better pay, maybe more vacations … but also more responsibilities and a great difficulty to disconnect from work, even in moments of rest. Imagine yourself on a Caribbean beach all included, all perfect … but not being able to pick up the phone and, from time to time, check the mails from work. As crazy as it sounds, this is a much more frequent scenario than you might think.
A survey that had executive actors of companies from different areas showed as a result that only three out of ten people in these positions are able to disconnect during their vacations. The study was conducted by Adecco Argentina, a subsidiary of Comprehensive Human Resources Consulting, working during the summer and holidays.
In addition to these revealing data, the company investigated more deeply the opinion of executives on their vacations. Almost eight in 10 said they agreed on the number of days he needed to rest. In addition, in case of need, 73% of them may take more days than the right by law.
However, when asked if the time they have on vacation is enough to relax and recover energy, the answers were: 53% of executives admit that yes, while 47% say they are not enough.
Can you rest and disconnect from work? Only three out of ten executives responded that they achieve this goal. 35% keep the phone and mail open for anything and 32% are available only in emergencies.
Regarding the previous question, when you ask if they answer and respond to calls and emails during work hours, they answered positively only 13%. 87% answered that they only answer the phone for the most urgent cases, in which their opinion or decision is necessary.
Only 24% of managerial positions believe that their absence affects the functionality of the company because it is the only person who can cover certain functions. And, responding in the opposite way, 76% is not considered indispensable, because it leaves the team of its team prepared to meet all the needs.
80% of executives said they did not monitor their employees during the holidays. When you ask them to schedule their rest days well in advance to get everything in order during the absence, 51% say yes, but that depends on the year. Another 32% answered that they plan so that the holidays are always at the same time and, thus, to favor the organization. Only 16% take advantage of opportunities such as cheap flights, packages and deals.
Work in the summer: does the load increase or decrease? 59% of executives admit that during the holiday months the workload decreases. However, for 30% there is no change in relation to the rest of the year and 10% say that, on the contrary, the work increases on those dates.