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US workers love-hate their smartphones while on vacation
美國員工放假時對智慧型手機又愛又恨

Infosys Ltd. employees use mobile phones in Bangalore, India on Feb. 4.
印孚瑟斯公司員工二月四日在印度班加羅爾使用手機。

Photo: Bloomberg
照片:彭博社

More than half of US workers would prefer a root canal than to work during vacation, but they cave in to bosses’ demands by using mobile technology on their down time, a new Harris poll showed.

Mobile devices let people stay connected with work 24/7, which is both “revolutionary and a curse,” said Terrie Campbell, vice president of strategic marketing at the global technology company Ricoh Americas Corp, which commissioned the poll.

“At some point, employees need permission to turn off the work email, relax and re-charge while they’re on vacation,” Campbell said. “If they can’t leave the office behind, what’s the point of vacation?”

The poll of 2,071 US adults showed that Americans struggle to take real time off from work, with 30 percent using their smartphone for work-related purposes while relaxing at their favorite vacation spot.

About 51 percent of US adults would rather have a root canal than work while on vacation, but 54 percent said their bosses expected them to stay connected during their time away. About 67 percent said family members get upset when a loved one works while on vacation.

(Reuters)

哈瑞斯民意調查新公布的民調顯示,美國半數以上的勞工度假時,寧願接受根管治療也不想工作,但他們還是會對老闆的要求妥協,在度假時使用手機。

行動裝置讓人們每週七天、每天二十四小時都可連上網,無法擺脫工作,負責這項調查的全球科技公司理光美洲公司策略行銷副總經理泰瑞‧康貝爾說,這「既是革命,也是詛咒」。

「到了某個時候,員工會需要取得長官許可來關掉工作上的郵件,在度假時好好休息、充電。」康貝爾說:「如果無法將工作拋諸腦後,放假又有什麼意義?」

這份針對美國兩千零七十一名成年人的調查顯示,美國人真的很難擺脫工作好好休息,三成受訪者即使在最愛的地點度假時,也會為了工作使用智慧型手機。

百分之五十一的受訪者度假時寧願接受根管治療也不要工作,不過也有百分之五十四的受訪者說,老闆希望他們即使在度假也保持聯絡。約有百分之六十七受訪者說,如果度假時還工作,家人會不高興。

(路透/翻譯:陳維真)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. cave in v. phr.

屈服;讓步 (qu1 fu2; rang4 bu4)

例: The manager caved in to his demands.

(經理被迫對他的要求讓步。)

2. leave behind v. phr.

留下 (liu2 xia4)

例: We had not left any of our belongings behind.

(我們沒有遺漏掉任何行李。)

3. time off /ta?m ?f/ n. phr.

休息或娛樂時間 (xiu1 xi2 huo4 yu2 le4 shi2 jian1)

例: We’re too busy to take time off.

(我們忙到沒有時間休息。)


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