You’re Stressing Out Your Coworkers by Taking a Vacation

Oct 9, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

While you’re vacationing on the beach with a piña colada in hand, your colleagues back in the office may be feeling aggrieved.

A survey conducted by OnePoll in September, on behalf of Nugg — a cannabis telemedicine and delivery service — asked 2,000 employed Americans about their most stressful experiences. More than half (53%) said that covering for a coworker on vacation was a significantly stressful event. Called the “cover crunch,” 37% of respondents said they’ve felt resentment toward a coworker for leaving their workload behind.

Why so bitter? The study determined that the average American’s workload increases by nearly a third when covering for a colleague on vacation. And 21% of workers step in for an employee who makes more money than they do. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, approximately half of the people surveyed said employees covering for coworkers should get paid more.)

Since Americans already have enough on their plates, 40% of the respondents admitted they don’t care much about the quality of work they do on behalf of an out-of-office employee. So it’s probably best to wrap up important projects before heading out of town.

Although your coworkers may temporarily loathe your existence (or lack thereof), you shouldn’t feel too bad. When they have a chance to take advantage of their paid vacation days, it will be your turn to pick up their slack.

In addition to vacationing associates, the survey determined 40 significant daily scenarios that created stress for Americans — and more than a few were travel related. The survey found that traffic (35%), public transportation delays (27%), slow drivers (26%) and just missing the train or bus (17%) are all serious sources of routine stress. Only 13% of those surveyed identified airports as a source of regular stress.

But following out-of-town colleagues, the two most prominent sources of stress for Americans are slow Wi-Fi (45%) and having a computer freeze (48%). So when it’s your time to cash in your PTO, seriously consider booking a digital detox and leaving the devices in the office.

Feature image by Klaus Vedfelt / Getty Images. 

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.