Like many, when I think of Thanksgiving I think of spending quality time with family and friends, eating too much and watching football. What I don’t think about is checking my work email. However, a new survey from Xobni and Harris Interactive says 60 percent of Americans check their work email during holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and a third will check more than once in a day.
Mobile devices like iPhones and Blackberrys make it hard to not check work email during holidays, vacations and weekends. We see that red circle with a “4″ over the closed envelope on our iPhone’s home screen or that red light at the top of our BlackBerry and know there is a message waiting for us to read! And despite our best efforts, we often break down and check it out and often realize it was not worth checking out.
Forty-one percent of those who receive work-related emails during time off say that they’re typically annoyed or frustrated to see the messages, while 19 percent actually say emails can serve as a welcome distraction. I don’t agree with either. Most weekends, I read any new work emails I get to make sure I’m not missing anything important. However on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, I stay away from the email portion of the iPhone. What’s harder for me is staying away from my phone to check out fantasy football scores, play Tiger Woods PGA Tour or go to Facebook – compelling stuff, I know.
This Thanksgiving, while I’m not promising to completely detach from my iPhone as it is great for taking photos and home videos (it’s true and not an excuse!), I know I won’t be checking email. I will spend my turkey day eating too much, watching football, and enjoying spending time with my family – while maybe sneaking in a quick 9 at TPC Sawgrass.
What do you think? Will you be checking your work email this Thanksgiving?