70 percent of employees opt to take long weekends rather than be out of the office for an extended amount of time for a vacation.

Top three ways organizations provide for employees to stay in touch while on vacation: laptops, BlackBerrys/PDAs, and cell phones/pagers.

Percent of employees who combine business trips with vacations: 38.

31 percent of employees agree that they are discouraged from taking more than a week of vacation at a time. Ouch.

Nonmanagement employees are more often encouraged to take vacation than are midmanagement and executive-level employees.

Percentage of employees who indicated that there is an unwritten/unspoken rule that you should check in while on vacation: 18.
— Anna Fialho

Source: 2006 Workplace Vacation Survey, conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, CareerJournal.com, and the Wall Street Journal.