It’s the holidays and they’re hard at work

More than half of Canadian executives work while on vacation.
||Last Updated: 01/08/2007

If you plan to celebrate this festive season, spare a thought for your boss. Rather than taking the opportunity to forget the office and relax spending time with loved ones, executives will be checking e-mail and taking care of the business. In a recent survey, half of Canadian executives said they attend to office duties at least a few times a week while on vacation.

The survey of 100 senior executives in Canada, conducted on behalf of staffing service OfficeTeam, found that 13 per cent of managers work every day while on vacation. And a whopping 37 per cent work a few times a week. Twenty-nine per cent rarely work and only 21 per cent of executive polled responded that they never work while on vacation.

"Executives may find it difficult to completely disconnect from their jobs as they often have a wide range of responsibilities and few people who can assume their duties while they're away," said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam.