Does your boss work harder than you do when on vacation? Not necessarily, according to the results of a new survey by Robert Half Management Resources – a Menlo Park, California-based senior level accounting, finance and business recruiting firm. According to their 2012 survey, which was published in July, 51 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) said they did not or do not plan to check in with the office at all while on vacation. That number is nearly double the percentage from cfo email a similar poll in 2010 (26 percent), and up significantly from a 2005 study (21 percent). The survey was conducted by an independent research firm, and includes responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.
For the survey, CFOs were asked, “During your summer vacation, how often do you typically check in with the office?” Their responses to the 2012 survey were: Several times a day: 8 percent Once or twice a day: 11 percent Several times a week: 27 percent Once or twice a week: 2 percent Don’t check in: 51 percent Don’t know/no answer: 1 percent Not all the executives interviewed feel comfortable completely disconnecting while on vacation, as evidenced by the 27 percent of CFOs planning to touch base several times a week. That percentage is compared to 12 percent in 2010 and 14 percent in 2005. Paul McDonald, a senior executive director with Robert Half, said that may be because many leaders oversee lean teams, and need to monitor critical initiatives, making frequent contact necessary. Those Who Can Unplug, Should McDonald feels that the upward trend of CFOs unplugging while on vacation is a positive step, and offers several tips for preparing to leave the office: If you’re out-of-office, stay that way. You send mixed signals if you say you are not working, but are checking in by returning phone calls and emails.
If you’re away, stay that way. Clarify what a crisis is. Before you leave on vacation, clarify with your staff and colleagues what situations require your immediate attention, and what can be handled by the team at the office. If you expect to be notified of emergencies, provide a way for people to reach you quickly, such as your cell phone number. Give a heads-up before you leave. Help reduce stress and increase efficiency in the office by giving co-workers a heads-up regarding any active projects or issues they may have to deal with in your absence, and how they can address them. Acknowledge a job well done. When you return from vacation, take time to acknowledge the good work of the team, especially those who helped the office run smoothly in your absence. Make note of their efforts in their next performance review.