By Evie Carrick
July 10, 2019
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You don’t have to look hard to find a study that lists all the reasons why taking a vacation is important — from mental clarity to physical health, stepping away from your desk (and your phone) from time to time is healthy.

But it seems actually taking time off is a different story.

According to U.S. Travel Association’s 2018 State of American Vacation report, 52 percent of employees reported that they had unused vacation days at the end of the year. And new research by LinkedIn found that 59 percent of employees say they engage with work email or phone calls on vacation, checking in at least once a day.

The likelihood of your vacation turning into a workcation increases with your salary. LinkedIn reports that a majority of people who make under $25,000 a year never work on vacation, while 93 percent of people who make between $180,000 and $200,000 engage with work emails or phone calls daily.

“While most of those making $180,000-$200,000/year engage with work during vacation at least once a day, many are doing so more often — amongst those making $200,000+, almost half (47%) actively engage with work more than five times per day while on vacation,” said LinkedIn career expert Blair Decembrele in an email interview to Travel + Leisure.

While this attachment to work can be attributed to the mentality that “my team needs me” or “if I don’t work, things will pile up,” the perspective of your company and coworkers also matters. LinkedIn’s study found that the more money you make, the more likely you’ll be contacted on vacation. Seventy-three percent of working professionals report being contacted on vacation, while 93 percent of employees who make $200,000 or more say they were contacted.

“Technology has made it easier to be accessible wherever we are, and maintaining boundaries has become increasingly difficult,” said Decembrele, who notes that “if you’re always going and don’t take the time to really disconnect on vacation, you’re more likely to experience burnout.”

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