Senior Executives Don’t Check with Office during Summer Vacation

Corporate executives are increasingly not checking in with their offices during summer vacations, says a recent survey by Robert Half Management Resources, a consultancy company.

51% of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed reported that they don’t check in with their office while on vacation, an increase from a comparable poll in 2010 of 26%, and 21% from a study done in 2005 study.

The survey has been conducted over 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of US companies with 20 or more employees.

The survey has also showed that around 27% of CFOs plan to keep in touch with their office several times a week on vacation, compared to 12% percent in 2010.

Paul McDonald, a senior executive director with Robert Half, said, ‘It may indicate that executives have a stronger level of confidence in their teams and processes, and as a result, feel more comfortable skipping regular check-ins. With the prevalence of wireless networks and mobile devices, they know they can be reached easily if needed.

Placing trust in a solid team to carry on without your guidance can help you identify potential candidates for succession planning and promotion.

By stepping away completely, people are more likely to gain the restorative benefits of vacation and return to the office recharged and more productive. Managers also set a positive example when they disconnect, since employees may be inclined to follow suit.

Many leaders continue to oversee lean teams and need to monitor critical initiatives over the summer months, making frequent contact necessary.’