During holidays, 31 percent of Mexican professionals keep working, albeit at a reduced pace, according to a study by the workspace provider Regus.
The study stresses that the use of mobile devices for work causes most workers to work overtime or when on holiday, since many people make themselves available to their phones 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It argues that with all the different methods of communication, to completely disconnect from work-related issues while on vacation “has become complicated.”
It states that during the school holidays, 39 percent of workers said that they work from one to three hours a day, while 25 percent will do more than three hours a day.
The firm stresses that technological devices have also meant during regular working days across the globe, two to four extra hours a week of work are contributed by mobile device, which represents two-fifths of an extra day of work.
In this regard, the director of Regus in Mexico, Cati Cerda, said that “the current situation in companies that do not opt for flexible working leave workers without having a real rest this holiday.”
Although the executive acknowledged the commitment made by employees, she said the situation is worrying, since it is harmful to the health and welfare of the workers themselves.
She explained that the tendency to work even on vacation, by checking and answering emails, is led by the male gender with 34 percent, while only 23 percent of women engage in work correspondence.
In their study, Regus highlights the Mexican workforce, who exceeds the world’s average of 17 percent of those who work more than three hours during a holiday.
Thus, in Mexico 31 percent of employees will work on holiday or vacation, followed by the United States (22 percent), Brazil (17 percent), Canada (16 percent), France (10 percent) and the United Kingdom (22 percent).
Despite all this, the study highlights the importance of disconnecting while on vacation, because “it is vital for the full restoration of Mexican employees, who need to rest in order to become more efficient and productive.”