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Most employees log in to workplace apps at 5 p.m. and to Christmas and New Year, Okta thought.

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Today’s digitally connected staff is connected in such a way that it is unable to log out workplace apps during the holidays, an Okta report released on Thursday found.

The Holiday Work Habits report used anonymized Okta customer data from thousands of companies, apps, and IT infrastructure integrations, as well as millions of daily authentications and verifications around the world.

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Okta, the San Francisco-based identity and access management company, said it was looking at the data to determine which travel applications were most successful, when people sign off, and whether employees actually disconnect from workplace apps during the holidays.

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Holidays are a popular time for traveling, where people visit family and go on vacation. AAA is predicted that more than 55 million travelers will travel at least 50 miles this year for Thanksgiving.

Many people use online sites or apps to plan their journey. Both TripIt and Expedia are the most popular apps within the Okta customer base. However, TripIt saw a remarkable increase in usage over the last year and surpassed Expedia for the first place, according to the report.

Looking at airline apps, the American, Southwest, and United report found the most popular in recent years. However, American emerged from packaging as a leader last year, with a clear increase in use since June 2018.

With regard to where to stay on holiday, Airbnb has clearly disrupted the hotel industry, gained ground in recent years, and at one point surpassed Marriott and Bonvoy as a departure point for travelers. However, after Marriot and Starwood merged earlier this year to create Marriott Bonvoy, the consolidated hotel chains were in use, well above Airbnb, the report said.

Working habits during the holidays

Despite so many trips during the holidays, people still stop working. Although employees seemed to log out most of the apps from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year, the report found that they didn’t stay out long.

After 5 p.m. on public holidays, many employees sign up with staff apps again. New Year’s Day 2019 in particular revealed a major leap, with a 30% increase in registrations at 5 p.m. against 8 p.m., according to the report.

In general, Christmas Day was the most free holiday. But even then, employees were still checking their e-mail. Apps such as Box, Zoom and Slack experience almost total drops on Christmas Day, but Microsoft 365 retains most users, indicating that people cannot stay out of their inbox, the report found.

While these apps make it easier to collaborate and communicate at work, they also make it difficult for users to unplug the power cord, the report said. And because 55% of US employees have been burned out by jobs, according to a report from the University of Phoenix, it is crucial to take time off from work.

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