There's no place like home for the holidays. Family, friends, and feasts abound, but even during the most wonderful time of the year we find ourselves unable to fully detach from our professional responsibilities.
Luckily, modern technology has made it possible to tap into work-related communications and applications when there's downtime at home or in transit. Whether it's catching up on emails in preparation for your return to the office after a holiday break or being on-call Thanksgiving Day for company emergencies, cloud-based communication technologies have created convenient ways to accomplish most day-to-day tasks from wherever your holiday travels take you.
According to Fortune Magazine, more than 4 million people across industries in the U.S. work from home full-time; this demonstrates the capability for millions more to connect remotely when needed. Around the holidays especially, the use of cloud-based communication systems can take the pressure off of employees who work more than 40 hours per week by presenting the option of taking necessary work home after 5pm and connecting remotely. Even if you are expected to be available if needed when on vacation or during the holidays, understand your manager's expectations while keeping them under control by utilizing cloud-based business platforms.
This option of constant connectivity may not seem desirable outside of standard business hours, though the reality is that the majority of us are embracing it—or, at the very least, adhering to it.
- 8 out of 10 employees say they are required to be in contact with work outside of business hours. (CNN) (Tweet This)
- 82% of employees respond to work-related emails while on vacation. (ThinkingPhones) (Tweet This)
- 45% of employees say there's at least a chance they'll work during Thanksgiving or Christmas. (USA Today) (Tweet This)
- The sky's the limit: 34% of employees have responded to work-related emails while on an airplane. (ThinkingPhones) (Tweet This)
- Half of the U.S. workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telecommuting. (Global Workplace Analytics) (Tweet This)
- About 20-25% of employees in the U.S. work from home at some frequency. (Global Workplace Analytics) (Tweet This)
- One study found that working from home increases productivity by 13%. (The New York Times) (Tweet This)