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Two thirds of people check emails while on holiday

Going on holiday for a relaxing break appears to be a thing of the past, if the results of a new survey about answering work emails while on holiday are anything to go by.

According to a poll from, 68 per cent of respondents admitted to checking their emails at least once while on a break.

A total of 32 per cent said that they respond to important emails while on vacation, while 21 per cent confessed to answering the majority of messages despite being on holiday.

And 58 per cent said they only answer emails if they are urgent.

However, 23 per cent revealed that they do not check their emails at all while away from the office and nine per cent said they deliberately leave their phone or computer at home before jetting off.

A spokesperson for said that it very hard for people to switch off because "we live in an age of instant communication".

“Most of us can pick up our work emails on our mobile phones or tablet computers so it is very difficult to get away from them unless we conscientiously decide to leave them at home.

“Personally I see no harm in people checking their emails on holiday. After all holidays are about de-stressing and for some, not knowing what’s happening at work can be really stressful.”

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