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IT managers miss out on holidays because of working commitments

Karen Gomm
IT managers are not taking their full holiday entitlement because of increasing work overload, according to the Chartered Management Institute.

The institute quizzed 120 IT managers for its annual survey which was published last week. It found that 50% of IT managers took their full holiday entitlement, compared to 66% in the previous year.

Some 79% said their professional responsibilities affected the holidays they took and many claimed to have interrupted their holidays to attend to work.

Soaring in-tray duties were the primary reasons IT directors disturbed their holidays, and 46% said they would have to deal with 100 or more e-mails on their return after just one week away. A further 6% said they would have more than 500 e-mails when they got back to work.

Project pressure was cited as the next biggest cause of an interrupted break, where 25% had project deadlines to meet while away. Of these respondents, one IT director actually left a holiday to complete a project.

When questioned about sharing work with colleagues, 21% said their unwillingness to delegate affected the amount of holiday time they took.

Once on holiday, 19% of IT directors said they were unable to let go and ended up spending the entire break catching up with background reading to keep on top of work-related issues.

However, for some this was not a problem - 23% said they enjoyed their job so much they chose to work on holiday.
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