City workers expected to email from the beach this summer as the temptation and expectation to work on holiday increases

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Only five per cent of city workers are planning to leave their smartphones at home when taking a holiday this summer.

Only five per cent of city workers are planning to leave their smartphones at home when taking a holiday this summer.

A survey of 1,000 city workers by Credant Technologies found that 95 per cent will take mobiles and smartphones abroad with the expectation of working, while 64 per cent will remain in contact with the office.

Just under half (46 per cent) believed that remaining in contact would leave them feeling in control and able to relax, while 54 per cent admitted that checking their emails would leave them more stressed instead of relaxed following their break.

Over half (57 per cent) blamed being a work junky on the current economic climate, making it important that they are reachable while away.

Darren Shimkus, worldwide SVP of marketing at Credant Technologies, said: “Although on the surface this may seem like a good trend, especially for cash struck organisations, we deal with the aftermath from these industrious workers when company secrets have gone AWOL. The harsh reality is that when corporate information is accessed from a mobile device, whether it's personal or company owned, and it's misplaced there are consequences.

“Who's to blame? Is it the employee who just can't let go or the employer for making them feel that they have to be accessible in the first place? Regardless of why it's happening and with data privacy regulations getting harsher all the time, our advice to the corporate world is don't leave security up to your staff, do it for them.

“Take the opportunity to re-evaluate your security - especially of your mobile devices and perhaps invest in some holiday insurance of your own.”

Spencer Parker, product manager at Cisco, said that he expected this to be another summer of discussion about remote workers. He said: “It is 100 per cent about policy, the network is there to protect you and should not matter that people are remote, if people need to catch up with work it should not matter where they are.”

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