Chain studies work, leisure

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- For business travelers, the lines between home life and work life have blurred in recent years, according to a survey conducted by Homewood Suites by Hilton, the all-suites, extended-stay brand.

The study, called the Workstyles Survey, polled 551 people, 51% of them women, about their habits while at home or on the road for business.

All respondents had taken trips of at least three nights on three or more occasions during the past year.

The results indicated that the division between work and leisure, particularly while traveling, has become blurred.

Nearly half of the respondents said they combined work and leisure trips, and nearly half brought work-related materials with them -- such as laptop computers, cell phones or pagers -- on leisure trips. Of those polled, 48% called work while traveling for pleasure.

Furthermore, 69% said they performed work activities while at home. Not surprisingly, more than half of business travelers said they felt they were always working.

The Homewood Suites survey indicated that 65% of those polled said they preferred to stay in a hotel with a home-like ambience.

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