Feel Burdened in Paradise? Poll Finds Many Need At Least Five Days to Unwind During Vacation


A U.S. poll conducted by Monster (NYSE: MWW) reveals that nearly half of respondents (48%) need five or more days to unwind, or never unwind at all, when taking a vacation. Only 11% of respondents unwind after one day. “Thinking about your job occasionally while on vacation isn’t a bad thing,” said Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert for Monster.com. “Just like how we sometimes stumble upon great ideas while in the shower or taking a walk, vacations can be a great source of inspiration- but it’s important to note that being relaxed and having a clear mind are fundamental elements of this phenomenon. Even more importantly, lack of R&R can be detrimental to workplace performance. We should feel refreshed and focused upon returning to work after time off, not burdened and preoccupied. If you are constantly plagued by job related stress and unable to unwind, even after several days of vacation, it might be time to consider making some career changes.”

Monster asked the following question to U.S. visitors on its site, “How many days of vacation does it take you to unwind when taking vacation” The poll, which received over 1,800 responses, resulted in the following findings:

11% of respondents answered “One day”
30% of respondents answered “2-3 days”
11% of respondents answered “4 days”
29% of respondents answered “5 or more days”
19% of respondents answered “I never fully relax on vacation”

The results of the current Monster Poll are based on votes cast by visitors on the U.S. Monster homepage and social media channels from: June 6-30, 2014. The Monster Meter is an ongoing series of online polls that gauge users’ opinions on a variety of topics relating to careers, the economy and the workplace. This poll is not scientific and reflects the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate.

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