The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.
Most IT professionals believe that good planning will stop staff holidays from derailing progress on important projects, this week's Big Question has shown.
There was a general acceptance among those surveyed that key staff should be free to lengthen their holidays into January, despite last week's warning by the Federation of Small Businesses that the trend for taking longer Christmas breaks was disrupting the UK economy.
An IT manager at a business services company said that getting decisions made over Christmas and in early January was difficult, but any hangover could "only be attributed to poor planning in the initial stages of the project lifecycle".
Respondents also pointed out that projects were not usually scheduled to close in January or February, thereby removing some pressure from IT departments.
One project manager told the Big Question, "I think that most major deadlines are set for 31 December, so people work very hard up to Christmas to meet these."
And an IT contractor voiced a widespread sentiment when he said he welcomed the extended holiday as a rare break from the pressures of working in IT.
"I find the break between Christmas and New Year is an essential time to recuperate from the hustle and bustle of the IT contracting world," he said.
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