Working holidays

Two thirds of bosses now take a BlackBerry or a similar device to access work-related emails on holiday. Half check their email at least once a day. And most worryingly, most seem to think it's a good thing.

by The Aziz Corporation
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

Although the majority of executives surveyed by The Aziz Corporation say they will only respond to urgent matters, the blurring of the boundaries between work and leisure has reached an all-time high. An overwhelming majority of senior businesspeople think that remote access technologies make it easier to manage their workload, such as working from home or during a commute, or staying in the loop while away on holiday.

"For the majority, the odd phone-call interruption or taking the time to have a quick look at emails is hugely preferable to arriving back from holiday to a full inbox and a mountain of information to catch up on, " says Prof Khalid Aziz, chairman of the Aziz Corporation. Twelve percent of respondents even said checking emails provided a welcome break from family.

Three-quarters of executives, however, were also concerned that remote access and mobile technologies would reduce the amount of face-to-face time spent with colleagues and clients.

"There is no substitute for face-to-face contact and everything else is a compromise," says Aziz. "Although compromises are not unreasonable given the time constraints of modern life, executives should ensure that face-to-face meetings remain a key element of business life."

Review by Emilie Filou

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