Stats: 30% of Americans Lose Their Work Device on Vacation

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While the vast majority of U.S. workers take their work device with them on vacation, that comes with a drawback – nearly a third will lose their device during the trip, according to new research from technology intelligence solutions provider Snow Software

According to the report, only 26 percent of U.S. employees say that they leave their work device behind while they are on vacation. At the same time, around 30 percent of Americans – nearly a third – report losing their work device while on their vacation. Americans are also more likely to lose a work device while on vacation than travelers from Europe or the Asia Pacific region. 

Of those who do lose their work device, only half (49%) report the loss to their company, and of those who report, only 49 percent do so immediately. A lucky 47 percent have had their device returned to them. 


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The data is from a survey by Snow Software of 3,000 workers worldwide. 

The report is timely as the busy summer travel season is well underway. According to AAA, nearly 49 million Americans took a trip during this past Fourth of July travel weekend, making it the busiest one since the organization began compiling its annual travel forecast in 2000. 

At the same time, only 42 percent of respondents to a separate survey by Allianz Global Assistance said that they were confident that they will take a summer vacation this year, the lowest level since 2013. That report also found that over a third (36%) of Americans haven’t taken a vacation in two years. 

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