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Fewer executives call the office during vacation, study finds

July 01, 2012|By Hugo Martin
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In a sign that Americans may be learning to relax on vacation, a new survey found that about half of top business executives did not check in with their offices while on vacation, nearly double the rate compared with two years ago.

The survey of 1,400 chief financial officers found that 51% said they don’t call their offices while on holiday, compared with 26% in 2010, according to a report by Robert Half Management Resources, a Menlo Park, Calif., staffing resource company.

The same survey found that only 8% of executives checked into the office several times a day in 2011, compared with 18% in 2010.

The numbers suggest that more business executives are learning to leave work behind when they take time off, said Paul McDonald, a senior executive director with the staffing company.

“It may indicate that executives have a stronger level of confidence in their teams and processes, and as a result feel more comfortable skipping regular check-ins,” he said.

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