(Cue "Negligee Girl" from the Windows Phone 7 commercial, throwing a pillow at her smartphone-consumed better half and snapping "Really?!?")
Xobni (the creators of an MS Outlook email-management addon) teamed up with Harris Interactive to conduct an online survey of how, when, and where American workers check for work-related emails when they're not in the office. With several of the biggest holidays of the year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's) happening in the next six weeks, the poll results were startling, to say the least:
- 59% of employed American adults say they check their work email during major holidays — Santa, the Pilgrims, and Father Time be damned. Of that amount, more than half check at least once a day, and one in four will hammer that "Send/Receive" button multiple times.
- A whopping 79% will actually receive a work-related email from a colleague or client during the holidays. Of that amount, 41% admit they are "annoyed, frustrated, or resentful" about having their holidays interrupted by a "You've Got Mail!" annoucement from the day job. 12% of those polled used the word "dread" to describe these holiday messages — while 10% admitted they "pitied" those who HAD to send job-related mail.
- Then again, there are the worker bees (42%) who believe that checking the work email account during the holidays helps ease their workload and eliminate the Monday-after backlog — and 19% of those polled actually felt "thankful" or "relieved" to be distracted from the family by some work-related stuff.
Xobni, of course, used these results as an excuse to shill…er, extoll the virtues of their product, but it does point out several underlying problems:
- In this wired world, it can be darn near impossible to UN-wire when you need to, and;
- As opposed to the Broadwat hit HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, many Americans want to succeed in business by trying harder and harder.