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After Hours Survey: Almost Three-Quarters of CIOs Check in With Work on Evenings and Weekends

Apr 2, 2013
8:03am

MENLO PARK, Calif., April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- There's no clocking out for most chief information officers (CIOs), according to a recent Robert Half Technology survey. The vast majority (73 percent) of CIOs said they check in with work "often" or "somewhat often" on evenings and weekends. Only 14 percent said they never check in outside normal business hours.

The survey is 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. Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis.

CIOs were asked, "How often do you check in with work on evenings and weekends?" Their responses:

Often  

50%

Somewhat often  

23%

Infrequently    

12%

Never  

14%

Don't know    

1%


100%

"For most CIOs, the job doesn't end at the close of business," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "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." 

Added Reed, "It's beneficial for even the busiest IT professionals -- including CIOs -- to disconnect when possible. Taking a break from work allows technology leaders to recharge and approach their work with fresh perspectives."

Robert Half Technology offers four tips to limit after-hours work for CIOs and their teams:

  1. Identify the 'mosts.' When every project seems to be top priority, focus efforts on those that will save the most money, grow the most revenue or open doors to the most new business. Encourage your staff to use this same approach to manage their time.
  2. Be realistic about internal resources. Understand your staff's workload, knowledge level and experience. Bringing in outside consultants to manage certain projects may result in faster execution and fewer errors.
  3. Avoid micromanaging. Set milestones and regular check-ins, but otherwise let staff run initiatives when possible. Getting mired in details will slow the process and take away from everyone's already limited time.
  4. Practice the golden rule. Show respect for others' schedules. Avoid planning meetings that, on closer inspection, aren't necessary. Don't keep staff waiting for feedback and approvals.

About Robert Half Technology

With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at www.rht.com. Follow Robert Half Technology at www.twitter.com/RobertHalfTech.

SOURCE Robert Half Technology

For further information: Joshua Brost, +1-650-234-6249, joshua.brost@rht.com


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