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A recent survey of 378 IT professionals has found that 40 percent of respondents expect to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at work, and 16 percent expect to be working on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
The survey, conducted by Ipswitch in December 2015, also found that 50 percent of respondents worry their company could suffer a data breach as a result of holiday celebrations -- 47 percent have had an employee report the loss of a device holding sensitive company data in a bar, restaurant or taxi, and 15 percent have seen data breaches result from employees sending emails to the wrong recipient or attaching the wrong document during holiday celebrations.
"The holiday season for IT teams is no vacation as they are working around the clock to keep IT infrastructure running smoothly," Ipswitch chief marketing officer Jeff Loeb said in a statement. "Making sure employees are connected and ready to work no matter their location along with putting out the typical fires is no easy task. Ensuring that IT has the proper visibility into company networks and applications, and preparing IT for employee mishaps are key during the holidays."
Fully 95 percent of respondents expect up to half of their workforce to work remotely during the holidays, and 38 percent of IT professionals have experienced a network outage during a company holiday.
When asked what problems they face most frequently when the office is closed for the holidays, 39 percent listed laptop problems, 36 percent said inability to access the network, 28 percent mentioned poor application performance, and 21 percent listed security-related issues such as malware on laptops.
Still, a Robert Half Management Resources survey of more than 1,000 U.S. professionals recently found that 77 percent characterized their work-life balance as good or very good, and 45 percent said they have greater work-life balance than they did a year ago.
Twenty-two percent of professionals characterized their work-life balance as fair or poor.
"There's no doubt technology allows for added flexibility, but it's easy to succumb to the temptation of constantly staying connected and tapping into on-demand access to information," Robert Half senior executive director Paul McDonald said in a statement.
A GFI Software survey conducted earlier this year found that fully 82 percent of U.S. IT administrators are considering leaving their current job due to workplace stress and dissatisfaction with working conditions.
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