Over the past two-and-a-half-years, city-based Vasavi Krishnamoorthy, a senior IT professional, has been postponing her plans of a long-pending vacation with her husband and son due to her work commitments.
“Every time we are on the verge of finalising our vacation dates and place, something or the other important comes up that demands my presence in the office. All this leaves me very guilty and helpless,” says the 47-year-old.
According to the findings of a recent survey released by Expedia, an online travel site, as many as 50 per cent Puneites find it difficult to plan a vacation in advance due to work, while 21 per cent city claim that “less supportive bosses” are the reason for not going on a vacation.
The survey was aimed to study vacation habits across countries. The survey highlights that India is the fourth-most vacation-deprived nation in the world.
“Vacations play a critical role in creating work-life balance as it re-energises people to be more focused at work. Though 50 per cent Puneites find it difficult to plan their vacation owing to professional commitments, the survey reveals that 62 per cent Puneites are at top spot when it comes to “true relaxation” as soon as they leave for the vacation,” said Manmeet Ahluwalia, Marketing Head, Expedia India.
The findings state that while 35 per cent Puneites feel that they deserve more vacation days than are given, 46 per cent feel “regular vacations help them connect better with friends and family.” Around 27 per cent respondents from Pune confessed “taking all vacations is perceived negatively by the employer”, 36 per cent prefer money in exchange of unused vacations from their companies. As many as 42 per cent have been given thumps up to several short vacations/long weekend trips over one long vacation that is preferred by 31 per cent respondents. When questioned to name an item that they would like to give up during a vacation, the city respondents made some interesting confessions — junk food (48%), beer/wine/liquor (42%), social media (62%), dessert (28%), television (37%), cellphone (30) and so on.
The study was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar, a globally-integrated strategic insights consulting firm. This survey was conducted online from October 6 – 22, 2015 across North America, Europe, South America and Asia Pacific using the Kantar-owned GMI (Global Market Insite) and Lightspeed Research amalgamated group of panels. The study was conducted among employed adults aged 18 years of age and older across 26 countries that included various cities from India, including Pune.