Many workers feel guilty about vacation, poll says
The uncertain job market has many workers feeling anxious about taking vacation days, according to a poll by Monster.com, a job search website with much of its operations in Maynard.
Last month, a Monster.com online poll asked visitors to its site if they "ever felt guilty about taking vacation or a sick day?" There were 2,870 responses, and nearly 60 percent of respondents said that they did feel guilty about taking a vacation or a sick day.
"Within this group, 39 percent say they feel guilty because they don't like to 'inconvenience others by making them cover my work,' while 20 percent fear losing their job," Monster.com said in a press release.
Another survey finding: Roughly 60 percent of respondents are actually putting in extra hours without receiving any additional pay. In many cases, these are salaried workers who aren't generally eligible to receive overtime pay, Monster.com said.
"With many workers spending additional unpaid time in the office, employers also need to consider quality of life implications, and the subsequent effects on work quality," Jeff Quinn, senior director of research at Monster Worldwide, said in a statement. "And as the economy begins to turn around, retention could be a real concern for some employers."
Monster.com has business relationships with many media companies, including The New York Times Co., owner of The Boston Globe and Boston.com.