New York: With hostile economic conditions staring at them, vacation seems to have become a distant dream for many an American worker as nearly one in every five of them fear that taking a break could even cost them their jobs.
Not just the fear of becoming unemployed, a major chunk of the employees also indicate that they cannot afford a vacation, reveals a survey by human resources firm CareerBuilder.
“... close to one-in-five workers indicate that they are either afraid of losing their jobs if they go on a vacation or feel guilty (about) being away from the office,” the annual vacation survey found.
About 71% of the respondents said they cannot afford to take a break, whereas over 35% are not planning a vacation in 2009.
More than 4,400 workers were surveyed online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com. The respondents were aged 18 years and above.
According to the report, half of the employers anticipate the employees to check in with the office while being away. Mostly, such a move would be necessary only if they are working on a big project or there is a major issue going on with the company.
“Close to three-in-ten (28%) workers say they plan to contact the office at least once, regardless of what they are working on, while they are on vacation,” the report noted.