MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology executives may excel at quick recovery from network outages and guarding against security breaches, but the vast majority lack a backup plan should their own job need to be filled suddenly, a new Robert Half Technology survey reveals. Seventy-nine percent of chief information officers (CIOs) polled said they haven't identified a successor in the event they had to stop working unexpectedly.
The national survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis, and conducted by an independent research firm. The survey is based on more than 1,400 telephone interviews with CIOs from a random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees.
CIOs were asked, "Have you identified a successor in the event that you had to stop working unexpectedly?" Their responses:
"Succession planning is critical for an organization's long-term success, yet it's a task that's often overlooked," said senior executive director of Robert Half Technology John Reed. "By taking proactive steps to identify and develop future leaders, a manager's departure is a workable issue instead of an imminent crisis."
Reed added that succession planning is beneficial for everyone involved. "Successors are given the opportunity to build their skills, often boosting loyalty to the company in the process, and executives are able to delegate more responsibilities," he said.
Robert Half Technology offers the following five tips on finding and grooming a successor:
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