Half Of Working Americans Lie About Cell Reception And Wi-Fi Access On Vacation to Avoid Work

Little white lies about Wi-Fi are acceptable to half (49%) of working Americans avoiding checking into the office while on vacation, according to the 2019 Vacation Confidence Index* released by Allianz Global Assistance.

As “email creep,” referring to when work obligations encroach on personal time, affects two thirds (65%) of workers who feel the need to check-in with the office while on vacation, using limited phone service or Wi-Fi at a vacation destination has become the excuse du jour for employees this summer.

Most likely to use the excuse are Millennials (59%), followed by Gen X’ers (49%) and Boomers (32%). While men and women are equally honest, with no difference between the sexes at 49% each, those earning more than $50,000 a year are significantly more likely (53%) to use the excuse compared to those earning less than $50,000 (39%).

Who is the most likely person to pull the “I’m cutting out” excuse? A white (53%), college-educated (50%) Millennial (59%) who is married (53%) with children (53%) and working full time (50%) for an annual salary more than $50,000(53%) in the Northeast (53%).

A quarter of all working Americans (24%), meanwhile, make a point not to go on vacation in places where poor cell reception or Wi-Fi access could disrupt their connection to the office.

Millennials (74%) are the most likely to check email while on vacation, but the rate is also high for Gen X’ers (58%) and Boomers (63%), with the most common reason: it makes catching up on work easier when returning to the office (34%).

Despite the pressures to stay “online” and connected to the office while on vacation, the majority of working Americans (54%) would choose to work even more while away if it meant they were able to take more vacations throughout the year, with Millennials (64%) more likely choosing the more vacations with more checking in at work scenario. Boomers, meanwhile, were more likely (54%) to prefer fewer vacations if it means they could be unplugged from the office.

“Most working Americans feel pressured to spend their vacations attached to their work email, when they may just need a few days to unplug. Consequently, half of U.S. workers are willing to lie about lack of connectivity to set them free from work obligations,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA.

2019 VACATION CONFIDENCE INDEX: LITTLE WHITE WI-FI LIES

Would you use limited phone service or Wi-Fi in your vacation destination

 as an excuse not to check in with the office?

Millennials

Gen X’ers

Boomers

All Working Americans

Yes, I would do (or have done) this

59%

49%

32%

49%

No, I wouldn’t do this

19%

27%

39%

27%

No, I don’t go on vacation to destinations where this is applicable

17%

14%

16%

15%

No, I wouldn’t go to a destination without phone service

6%

11%

13%

9%

Why do you check your email on vacation?

Millennials

Gen X’ers

Baby Boomers

All Working Americans

It’s easier to catch up when I’m back if I check email while away

34%

31%

38%

34%

I’m the only one who can handle certain tasks, even if I’m on vacation

18%

15%

11%

15%

My boss doesn’t necessarily expect me to, but I feel guilty if I’m not

12%

7%

3%

8%

My boss expects me to be online

9%

3%

1%

5%

Some other reason

22%

15%

16%

18%

I don’t check my email on vacation

26%

42%

37%

35%

Vacation/Work Check-In Trade-Off: Would you rather?

Millennials

Gen X’ers

Baby Boomers

All Working Americans

Go on more vacations but have to check in on work more

64%

51%

46%

54%

Go on fewer vacations while having to check in on work less

36%

49%

54%

46%