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How much holiday did you have on holiday?

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As the summer holiday season draws to a close for 2012, most of us will be returning to work rested, refreshed and renewed ... or will we?

A large number of companies routinely deploy IT infrastructure that enables a more-or-less constant connection for their employees. Indeed, Capgemini – in our parallel roles of consultant, technology innovator and outsourcer – actively promotes the advantages of "always connected" working – both in terms of how we function as a business and how we advise and deploy across our clients.

The technologies that need to be integrated: mobility, security, resilience, end-user enablement and more, are all now sufficiently mature. Businesses are confident that virtual walls won't be breached just because their data is being accessed from a beach on the Gold Coast, a vineyard in Tuscany or a cabin in the middle of Yosemite National Park – which is great for the business but is it any good for the employee?

To my mind, it all depends on how you approach it.

There is no doubt that "always connected" technology can facilitate a very good work/life balance ("I can go to my daughter's play this afternoon and complete that report from home later tonight") or it can be a constant burden ("Before I go to bed, I'll just check to see if Helen in the San Francisco office has responded to my email yet").  The fact is that – while the business (and its service providers) set the policy, for the employee, it's a matter of choice.

So, if you can relax a little more on your holiday because you are managing your mailbox daily and you know you won't have a million emails to deal with on your return, then do it.

If dialling in to an hour's conference call from your villa or your tent helps you close the deal and make this month's target, the dial away.

You will know the balance and, more importantly, you will know the imbalance.

It's up to you.

About the author

Adam Lewis
Adam Lewis
Adam Lewis is an internationally experienced CTO, Technology Strategist and Enterprise Architect, with a passion for technology. Adam has the responsibility for developing the 'next generation' Infrastructure business and services strategy, including 'Cloud'. As part of Capgemini's Infrastructure Service leadership team he drives the development of strategies that enable and accelerate sustainable profitable growth. Adam has spent over fifteen years in senior business technology advisory, consulting and IT development roles across many sectors including financial services (banking & insurance), central government, healthcare, transport and manufacturing. He is a recognised thought leader and technology evangelist who enjoys helping organisations transform their businesses from old-world models into highly competitive, agile organisations using technologies as an enabler. Apart from his passion for all things technical, Adam loves to travel and play his guitars.
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plz plz I need a proofe that yesterday (04/07/2014 Friday) was a holiday for US capgemini. .. plz refer me if there is an website which shows that there was a holiday yesterday. . this is my career problem. . plz I need ur help.. Thank you

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