43% of 18-25 year olds say they’re expected to work during vacation

Americans don’t always use their vacation days because they’re nervous about job security, but what happens when you’re using your time off but are still expected to work? And does it have an effect on your work-life balance?

New research from compensation, culture, and career monitoring platform Comparably found that 43% of employees ages 18-25 reported that their manager “expects them to work” during their vacation, and employees in Seattle were most the most satisfied with their work-life balance.

Who else was working during vacation?

The research found that 37% of men and 40% of women said their manager expected them to work while taking time off. And while Millennials were the most likely to be asked to work while on vacation, at the other end of the spectrum, only 37% of those ages 36-40 reported the same.

Those at the Executive level were the most likely to be asked to work (52%), followed by people in Business Development (50%), Communications (50%), Legal (47%) and more. Conversely, the bottom three in the rankings were: Customer Support (36%), HR (33%) and Engineering (32%).

Work-life balance satisfaction

People in the city of Seattle reported being most “satisfied with their work-life balance” (edging out San Francisco and Boston) while Minneapolis and Fort Lauderdale, Florida came in at the bottom of city workers surveyed:

  • Seattle: 76%
  • San Francisco: 73%
  • Boston: 73%
  • Washington, D.C.: 71%
  • Phoenix: 71%
  • San Diego: 71%
  • Denver: 69%
  • Chicago: 69%
  • Dallas: 69%
  • Los Angeles: 68%
  • New York: 68%
  • Atlanta: 66%
  • Houston: 65%
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida: 55%
  • Minneapolis: 51%

In terms of gender, 71% of men and 67% of women report being “satisfied with their work-life balance,” while people in the age 18-25 age group had the lowest rate of job “satisfaction” at 67%.

Comparably CEO Jason Nazar told Ladders that he was not surprised that more than half of all respondents were happy with their work-life balance due to changes in company’s attitudes.

“Tech companies have attractive perks and benefits packages that often include paid gym memberships and plenty of paid time off for vacation, maternity/paternity leave, and bereavement leave,” Nazar said. “Giving employees that kind of time away can dramatically improve productivity and happiness when they return to work.”

People with one to three years of work experience were the least happy with their jobs at 68%, while those with both 6-10 years and 10-plus years were most happy at 71%.