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Tis The Season, But Most Workers Will Still Check Email [INFOGRAPHIC]

The holiday season is quickly approaching (grown, cold, bad songs that we’ve heard over and over), but that also means vacation from work. Surprising though according to Xobni, a majority of the US workforce will still be checking their email over the holidays. According to the study, 68% or two-thirds of employed adults in the U.S. check their work email on traditional holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, and 27 percent of those who check email do so several times a day, according to data. The online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, polled 2,810 adults in November 2011 on their holiday email behaviors.

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  • A whopping 79% of U.S. working adults say they receive work email on traditional holidays like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, etc.; and 68% with email admitted to checking it.
  • 19% of people said that they are actually “thankful for the distraction” or “relieved” to receive work email on holidays.
  • 37% of people surveyed admitted to feeling annoyed, frustrated or resentful after receiving work-related emails on holidays. This number dropped slightly from 41% last year, leading to more evidence that people are accepting (and for some, embracing) work on the holidays.
  • 41% of people that admitted to checking email because they believe doing so would ease the work load once they return from the “break.”
  • Funny bone stat: 6% say they use work email as a way to avoid awkward family/holiday commitments and “crazy” friends and/or relatives. 😉

Wow, that’s actually pretty sad. People need to take a break from work in order to be refreshed and ready to get back to work after the holidays.

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