Sharon Reid

 

When away on holiday are you completely switched off from the daily grind? With hotel Wi-Fi and smart phones both common place; being totally switched off from work has become increasingly difficult.

A survey by call answering service alldayPA, found that travelling to another country does not equal leaving your work worries at home. The survey of 1,000 UK workers reveals the following:

One in four still communicate with the office while abroad

19% take work calls

25% check and answer emails

8% even pack laptops and plan to finish off work whilst awaypicjumbo.com_IMG_5890

Charlotte, 24 a PR account manager from London readily admits to working while on holiday despite having the support of a capable team:

“I work closely with two account executives who I have entrusted with very detailed handover notes. However, being slightly anal –retentive I can’t seem to pull myself away from work. I was recently in Portugal with my fiancée and still spent a proportion of my time responding to the odd email and making a few work related calls.”

Higher call and data charges abroad are no deterrent! Despite higher rates:

76% of holiday workers plan to use hotel Wi-Fi for unlimited access to emails and work filespicjumbo.com_HNCK4555

86% of holiday workers use smartphones making them the most likely to work whilst on holiday

Reuben Singh, chief executive officer at alldayPA, acknowledges the role our devices play in our inability to chill:

“The devices we rely on at home to keep us connected no longer stop connecting us just because we leave the country.

“Work-related worries follow us on holiday, making it hard to unwind and take a much needed break from our day-to-day lives.”picjumbo.com_HNCK7437

Holiday workers admit putting in early shifts or late nights to avoid work encroaching on their holiday during the daytime and to avoid arguments. 23% say their children or partner regularly complain about them working while ‘off-duty.’

Access to Wi-Fi means that time differences present no barrier to those driven to work during their holiday, with some admitting to working while as far away in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.

Reuben Singh says people are beginning to recognise this problem and use services to ensure they take a Digital Detox when on holiday.

“A Digital Detox does exactly what the name implies, it breaks the cycle of dependency, allowing even the busiest person to leave the mobile behind and focus on their holiday enjoying a restful, communication-free break without worrying about missing calls or messages.alldayPA-20140822023127747

“Employers are also beginning to look into such services, recognising workers need to take a genuine break and return to work fully recharged. Detox tools are a way to send a message that staff are not expected to take work with them and it’s ok to switch off and relax.

“We can no longer allow ourselves to be perennial victims to technology and smart phones.  It’s time to command technology, appreciate the flexibility it offers us in how we operate our day-to-day business lives, yet realise there are services that empower businesses to maintain important human business interactions 24/7, without sacrificing 24/7 of our personal lives to do it.”

Can you benefit from a Digital Detox? If so, this is how it works:

The Digital Detox service is available at 24 hours’ notice. The service can be tailored to ensure calls and messages are handled to each customer’s specification. For example, the service user can stipulate that urgent calls or messages are relayed to a designated contact. Similarly, the user can ask for all non-urgent messages to be provided in a single report on their return to work.

The Digital Detox service is offered as a stand-alone package or to supplement other alldayPA services.  The service comes in a variety of tailored package options which will be typically in operation for periods ranging from seven, 14 and 30 days.

7 Day Digital Detox – £3 a day – 30 calls in total included (+75p per call thereafter)
14 Day Digital Detox – £2.50 a day – 55 calls in total included (+70p per call thereafter)
30 Day Digital Detox – £2 a day – 90 calls in total included (+68p per call thereafter)

For further information please visit: www.alldaypa.com