by Cheryl D’Cruz-Young, Kevin Cashman, Brian Bloom, and Mark Royal, originally published by Korn Ferry in Insights
t was a summer on steroids in 2021. With a strong economy, one of the healthiest job markets in decades, and a lull in the COVID-19 pandemic, professionals happily took long, much-needed vacations. This year? Don’t be surprised to find a slightly different scenario.
According to a new Korn Ferry survey, an overwhelming 63% of professionals say they will be taking a shorter vacation in 2022. Twice as many will be checking in with work while they’re away. Experts say it’s only the latest example of how quickly the employer-employee dynamic has shifted—the result of a weakened economy and the fading out of the Great Resignation. “There’s less tolerance for not being connected this year,” says Cheryl D’Cruz-Young, a senior client partner and founding member of Korn Ferry’s ESG Center of Expertise. “You have to demonstrate that you are committed.”