Many workers say staying connected during their time off actually alleviates stress, says Jennifer Deal, senior research scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., and author of a 2013 white paper titled Always On, Never Done: Don't Blame the Smartphone .
"Many of the employees I interviewed said they don't mind helping out coworkers who can't resolve a problem without their aid, even if it means being on the phone while they're at the beach," says Deal
, who conducted an extensive survey of employees during her
"The people who answered questions on my study didn't think 24/7 connectivity was a problem -- what they were concerned about was that the organization was wasting their time," she
In particular, they cited "emergencies" that were actually the result of poor planning or because someone a level above them failed to get something done in a timely manner, says Deal
"I do think organizations should put policies in place, but I'm not sure they need to be about when you can and can't receive email so much as restricting the number of hours you can schedule for meetings during the workday or rules pertaining to things such as not CC'ing everyone on an email unless it's absolutely necessary," she