Survey: 50% of professionals have fought with a spouse over working on vacation

New data shows that 50% of professionals say they’ve fought with their “spouse about being too connected to work” while vacationing.

Research has found that a third of married couples fight over cash monthly, but new data from global organizational consulting firm Korn Ferry shows that 50% of professionals say they’ve fought with their “spouse about being too connected to work” while vacationing.

As for how the research was carried out, 1,454 people weighed in on “the online executive survey.” The company also reported that the results may not add up to 100% because of rounding.

The consequences of working during your time off

While 73% of people said that they’d rather get a raise than more time off from work, 27% preferred the latter.

But still, the majority of people surveyed work during their time away from the office. Here’s how often:

  • “Multiple times a day:” 48%
  • “Once a day:” 31%
  • “A few times per week:” 14%
  • “Once a week:” 4%
  • “Never:” 2%

Here are the main reasons why people who work during their time off choose to do so:

  • “Putting out fires: I get pulled into critical issues:” 37%
  • “I enjoy it:” 33%
  • “Too much work to do/Increased workload upon return:” 25%
  • “I worry people will make wrong decisions without my input:” 4%
  • “I worry other people will get assignments I want:” 1%

Sixty-three percent of respondents went so far as to agree with the question about whether they’ve ever “canceled, delayed or cut short personal vacation plans due to occupational demands or pressure to perform at work.” But 37% said that they have not.

Korn Ferry Senior Principal Mark Royal commented on the research in a statement, showing why it’s important to have more boundaries when it comes to work-life balance:

“Those who feel they must always be in touch with the office are missing a critical point…Professionals who can turn off the demands of work – even for short periods of time – will be more engaged and productive in the long run,” Royal said.

Transitioning back to life at work

Here’s how long it usually takes for people to do this after their time away.

“One day:” 52%
“No time:” 34%
“One week” 14%
“Two weeks:” 0%
“More than a month:” 0%

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.