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CIOs Rush Home from the Beach

Even when these workaholics do make it on holiday, CIOs find it difficult to relax

With August being the holiday month for most executives the CIO Committee (the advisory board behind Europe's most prestigious CIO Event held annually at the Celtic Manor home of the Ryder Cup), have just announced the findings of their recent survey on Executive behaviour during the Holiday season. They have concluded that the majority of employers now actively encourage their staff to take time off but a majority of the CIO's asked were fearful about the impact of their absence would have on the business, most admitting to contact their organisation during a holiday.

Even when these workaholics do make it on holiday, CIOs find it difficult to relax. Almost half regularly check their work emails and nearly all monitor voicemail. In an effort to keep in touch with colleagues 80% take away their work mobile phones.

When the CIOs were asked why they worked on holiday, the main reason was down to short-term project deadlines, meaning they have had to work at some point during their holiday. Others commented about the inevitable backlog of over 300 emails facing them on their return.

The "CIO Committee" enjoys continuous communication, holding regular  meetings with Key members leading up to each event, ensuring that the Programme over the two days is 100% focussed to your needs and mirrors that of the IT world in Real-Time.

The "CIO Committee" prides itself on creating an ethical working environment to support your personal development. We offset the Carbon emissions created by the Event and make a donation to Save the Children for every attendee that joins the forum.

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John Funnell has worked in online media for over ten years, after achieving his First Class BSC Hons Degree (BBC Sponsored), John won Bos 18-21 Princess Trust Entrepeneur of the year at 21, setting up Clean Living Records Ltd (including www.BeatReview.com) with great success having many acts that charted in Europe and Canada. After selling the business John looked for a new challenge and joined GDS International, having a successful career in sales and Delegate acquisition, he worked up to Event Director EMEA, forging contacts with some of the biggest technology names in the world, this lead to John having a lead role in the creation of MeettheBoss.com and MeettheBoss.tv – the worlds largest business IPTV channel. John then took over as Marketing and Communications Director and ran a multifaceted global Marketing team for GDS International in New York, Sydney, Kuala Lumper and the UK.. John joined Global in 2011 with the challenge of supporting its growth by developing a solid Marketing foundation through various Digital, PR and brand initiatives.