When you and your employees go on vacation, do you really go on vacation, or are you still working? While it’s nearly impossible for small business owners to disconnect from their businesses entirely, even employees find it tough to unplug on vacation these days, reports a new survey of more than 1,000 U.S. employees from Pertino.
More than half (59 percent) of employees say they regularly check email, take phone calls and do other work-related activities on vacation, and 36 percent say they do so at least once a day. But far from stressing them out, constant connectivity has the opposite effect. Nearly half (47 percent) of survey respondents say they’re less stressed on vacation because they can stay connected to the office. In fact, the survey found being disconnected can actually lead to more anxiety, not less.
But for business owners, employees’ constant connectivity has both good and bad sides. Since a whopping 77 percent of employees can’t access their company networks while on vacation, many of them cobble together various ways of getting the files. About one-third admit they’ve taken their work computers along on vacation, while a similar percentage use unsecure cloud file-sharing services. Employees also use their personal computers (52 percent), smartphones (51 percent) and tablets (30 percent). This means employees could be putting your business’s data at risk.
To protect your business from data loss, Pertino recommends these steps:
(And keep in mind, if you’re lucky enough to take a vacation this summer, that these tips apply to you, too.)
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