Survey Shows CIOs Stressed About Work/Life Balance–Don’t Burn Them Out-Chapter 2
Posted Apr 27 2011 12:29am
We are all on the same track here as back in December I said “don’t burn those folks out, we need them”. When I get out and attend conference and meetings I somewhat feel out moods and just the overall emotional/educational sides of what’s going on and a few months I did that and after interacting and talking with a few CIOs and others at the high powered brain storming convention, it didn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out the stress levels, although everyone does their best to hide it, one has to today. It’s this pseudo working environment that has arisen over the last couple of years that is making everyone nuts. I get it in what I do all the time and with what they have on their plates, I don’t think the average person could quite grasp it. I had CIOs write and thank for writing that post too, so that kind verified what I saw and heard that day. Now we have a survey and you canclick here or find the link at the bottom of the page to review the entire detailed information.
I am a strange hybrid with an over active left brain and thus I have a brain that is almost like a data base at times and frankly there’s stuff upstairs I wouldn’t mind if it went away.<grin>. I don’t code anymore or work on networks but the old hands on experience is worth more than anyone could read about, such as you are doing here. If you want to dig deeper, the link below will outline my talking and what I experienced at this meeting and I have to say these are some of the top notch healthcare CIOs and others brainstorming, so it was that kind of a meeting, intense.
Here’s a little bit from the survey and again I will say those who are not in the business of the the CIO don’t understand all the spinning plates and every day is a new challenge and they are the Shell answer men. Sure there’s a CTO (chief technology officer) if the organization is big enough that helps but still, CIO has budgets and projections and the whole IT infrastructure to worry about. Things change over night too and the best laid plans can get uprooted in 24 hours or less.
What makes it worse is having to work for a brain CEO when it comes to at least having some digital literacy and they are out there who just want a 2 minute to everything and it doesn’t work that way anymore as there are tons of options and other areas to consider. You need good business intelligence software to help all of it out too. Again, even what I do in consulting anymore I go crazy with someone giving a couple of sentences and expecting me to know exactly what they are talking about with their network or computer….hello….and then if no quick answer they walk away frustrated or think I’m not capable…these get a taste of that too. For some reason or another everyone seems to think they just need help along the same level as we did many years ago with that AOL get on line disc, not so, much more complicated. Danger zone below with the “No” votes ahead of the “Yes” votes.
So they just get the infrastructure set up for ICD10 started and next thing you know someone wants the groundwork laid in a couple of days for ACO! Does that happen, well someone thinks it can happen and those are the executives that a CIO usually deals with that are on the low end of digital literacy. Those folks are everywhere but when they are your boss, it takes special handling.<grin>.
So again don’t burn out the CIOs as we need those folks. Even the public CIOs are feeling the pressure to these days with having to learn more about healthcare than they ever thought they would have to know. Usually the rules and laws that these folks need to operate within are created by “non participants” when it comes to technology and that can make it very difficult and trying at times. BD
Citing massive Meaningful Use and ICD-10-generated workloads, along with an inability to escape the wireless tentacles that bind them to the office, the majority of CIOs (53 percent) are not content with their current work/life balance, according to the April healthsystemCIO.com SnapSurvey.
Conversely, in either a show of support for work they know is important or resignation to a lifestyle they know will not change, 51 percent of CIOs said they families were, in fact, content with the same work/life balance.
Probing CIO discontent further, contributing factors may be that only 16 percent work what might be considered a normal workweek (40-49 hours), with the remainder working far longer – more than a quarter putting in between 60-69 hours per week. And work isn’t just confined to a Monday-through-Friday schedule. In fact, the vast majority (65 percent) said they put in a full week, plus at least another half day on the weekend.