Buzzwords – Guilt-free leave

Ever rung a colleague on his mobile and heard the ring tone change slightly before a distant sounding voice answers?

Between shushing his children, he’ll tell you ‘no, it’s not a bad time to call’ and ‘yes, I am on holiday but I’m online anyway’. Here is a colleague in serious need of some guilt-free leave.

It’s a condition to which more senior employees routinely fall victim. But the ambitious are habitual sufferers too. It has always existed, though it took mobile phones to make it routine. Laptops have spread the disease, but it is the soon-to-be-ubiquitous Blackberry that threatens to make it institutional.

It is wonderful to have the option to send and receive emails wherever you might be and quite a feat of technological ingenuity. But desirable? Hmmm…

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