CIOs Tied to Their Jobs on Evenings, Weekends
CIOs were asked how often they check in with work on evenings and weekends, and 50 percent said they do so often.It appears that there is no set clocking out time for most CIOs, a Robert Half Technology survey revealed, with the vast majority (73 percent) of CIOs checking in with work "often" or "somewhat often" on evenings and weekends. The survey, based on more than 2,300 telephone interviews with CIOs from a random sample of U.S. companies in 23 major metro areas with 100 or more employees, asked CIOs how often they check in with work on evenings and weekends, and 50 percent said they do so often, 23 percent said somewhat often, and 12 percent said they check in infrequently. Just 14 percent said they never check in outside normal business hours. "For most CIOs, the job doesn't end at the close of business," John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology, said in a statement. "With weekend software deployments, and customers and end users around the world who require around-the-clock technical support, IT groups typically operate 24/7, and CIOs often need to be available if critical issues arise." Reed went on to add that not being able to remove themselves from work can actually be less than productive. "It's beneficial for even the busiest IT professionals--including CIOs--to disconnect when possible,” he said. “Taking a break from work allows technology leaders to recharge and approach their work with fresh perspectives."
The company offered four tips to CIOs on how they can limit after-hours work for themselves and their teams, including focusing on top-priority efforts, understanding the staff workload, avoiding micromanaging and respecting co-workers’ schedules.