IT Staffing Report: Aug. 1, 2019

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IT employees struggle to disconnect during the summer holiday season

Less than a quarter of IT employees worldwide, or 22%, intend to leave their employer-provided devices at home while on holiday, according to survey research from Sweden-based technology intelligence solutions firm Snow Software.

The survey of 3,000 workers from around the world found that 34% report that they always take their work devices on holiday, with another 27% saying they bring them most of the time and 17% taking them some of time.

“The study suggests taking work on holiday is the new normal despite the increased potential for mental burnout, device loss and data exposure,” the research stated.

The study found notable regional trends around professional devices and personal travel:

  • Workers in the Asia Pacific region have the toughest time disconnecting. They were most likely to always bring their work devices with them on holiday (37%), and also the least likely to leave them at home (18%).
  • Europeans appear to have the best work-life balance with just 29% indicating they always bring their work device on holiday. However, 35% said they still bring their work devices with them most of the time, making it the most common response for workers from Europe.
  • While 36% of US workers report that they always bring their work devices, another 26% say they would never bring them along. US workers had the highest rate of leaving work devices at home out of all the regions.

The study found that half of executives and 46% of directors said they always take their work devices on vacation. Meanwhile, 44% of interns reported always taking their devices.

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