Nearly Three-Quarters of CIOs Check Work on Evenings and Weekends

Menlo Park, Calif. — April 2

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, according to the survey. 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 provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Source: Robert Half Technology