14 percent of CIOs have a life, says survey

Summary:Given that the tenure of a CIO is about as long as an NFL running back, you'd think some of these tech execs would at least lie and pretend they are workaholics.

A Robert Half Technology survey found that 73 percent of CIOs check in with work often or somewhat often at night and weekends.

That percentage sounds a bit low to me. What's more shocking is that 14 percent said they never check in outside normal business hours.

First, I'd like to congratulate these CIOs on having a life. Second, I hope this survey is anonymous since that 14 percent is likely to be hunted down and fired. Maybe these CIOs don't have pressure of earnings, driving revenue, budget cuts and staffing, but their CFOs and CEOs can't be pleased.

Given that the tenure of a CIO is about as long as an NFL running back, you'd think some of these tech execs would at least lie and pretend they are workaholics.

In any case, 50 percent of CIOs said they often check in on evenings and weekends and 23 percent said somewhat often. Another 12 percent said they infrequently check in and 14 percent said never. Perhaps that 12 percent should go into hiding too. I'll refrain from any government employee jokes here, but you've probably already whipped out a few quips on your own.

The oddest item in the Robert Half survey, which is based on 2,300 interviews, is that 1 percent of CIOs didn't know if they checked in on evenings and weekends. In other words, 23 CIOs didn't know if they checked in off hours. How is that even possible?

Topics: CXO, Tech Industry

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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