On Holiday? Put away that Blackberrry, work & worries

These bosses may be sleeping with their mobiles as well. In any case, it's the last thing they look at before going to bed and it's also the first thing they look at when they wake up. And such habits indeed die hard.

And today's corporate world, it seems, is indeed being dominated by people like them -- executives who are in a rush to take the escalator to the corner office while the stairs are visited only by the office staff who clean them. Holidays, for them, have become only working holidays -- with emphasis on "working".

Listen to one of them -- the vice president of a Mumbai-based FMCG firm. In one of those rare moments when his Blackberry is silent, the super-busy executive says this is his first break from work in the last three years as he had no option but to be a workaholic in today's fast-paced corporate world. "I am only physically absent, but virtually present in office through technology. I can hardly afford to allow my team to drop the ball in my absence," he says.

The vice president is one among thousands of executives who have perhaps forgotten that clubbing professional and personal commitments like having a well-deserved break in the name of multitasking is a sure recipe for disaster. Also, there are many who are insecure and try to build asafety net around them by either being workaholics and trying to score brownie points with their seniors or attempting to manage their team through remote control.