Peeking at work in a silly season

Were you checking your work emails at the dinner table on Christmas Day?

A recent Venture Taranaki survey took a lighthearted look at some of the region's residents' email habits in December.

A total of 66 per cent of participants said they would look at their business emails on Christmas Day.

A mere 4 per cent of people surveyed said they would be able to completely forget about work over the summer break.

Some 50 per cent said work was always on their mind, while 45.6 per cent said work was occasionally on their mind.

"Despite Taranaki offering one of the best lifestyles in the world, 42 per cent of respondents check their email before heading in to work each morning," Venture Taranaki chief executive Stuart Trundle said.

"It is heartening that only 15 per cent do so before they get out of bed."

Some 20 per cent said they often checked work emails while on family outings.

But a whopping 76 per cent of participants said they would never check their work emails at the dinner table.

The questions were asked as part of Venture Taranaki's December 2013 business survey, which went out to about 1400 businesses in the region.

The survey, which aims to monitor economic confidence and gauge views on key business issues, and is done every six months.

Taranaki Daily News