With Thanksgiving just days away, many of us have a holiday off work to look forward to this week. The question remains – will you disconnect from work completely?

Mashable.com wondered will you check your email over the holiday weekend? A valid question as it turns out. More than half of us check our work emails at least once.

According to Mashable:

A new survey from Xobni and Harris Interactive says 59% of employed American adults check their e-mail during holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Of the 59%, more than half (55%) check their work e-mails at least once a day, while about 28% check their e-mails multiple times throughout the day.

The survey was conducted online among 2,179 adults, 18 and older, earlier this month.

The article also noted how workers felt about receiving those messages – noting that 41 percent were “annoyed” or “frustrated” to see them in their inboxes, while 12 percent expressed a feeling of “dread.” It’s not all bad news. About 19 percent considered the messages “a welcome distraction.”

For those employees and managers who find it difficult to disconnect, or even take time off, the key to enjoying a little holiday time may be in the preparation. WorldatWork.com offered six eBoot Camp-approved tips that workers in any industry might find useful this time of year. It may help stave off staring at email on your BlackBerry during while your cousin carves the turkey on Thursday.

Here they are:

  • Get on the calendar. Discuss your vacation schedule with your boss early. This increases the chances of having your request approved and allows your supervisor to manage projects accordingly.
  • Take inventory. Create a checklist of items that must be completed before you leave so you don’t overlook any details.
  • Get a backup. Talk to your supervisor about who can handle your tasks while you’re away.
  • Spread the word. Let others know when you’ll be out and who has been assigned as your point person.
  • Set ground rules. To truly enjoy your time off, disconnect from work as much as possible. If you must check in, establish “office hours” so colleagues are aware of the days and times you’re available.
  • Have a re-entry plan. On your first day back, arrive at work a little early or clear your morning schedule so you can check messages and refresh your memory on assignments.

What are some of your tips for taking off work for the holidays that allow you to enjoy family time without letting work tasks get out of hand?