NOT ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY
Senior Financial Executives Feeling Burden of Working Long Hours, New Survey Shows
MENLO PARK, CA -- Chief financial officers burning the midnight oil are seeking a little relief. In a new survey, 36 percent of CFOs said if they could change one thing about their current position, they would work fewer hours. Less meetings and more forgiving deadlines -- two other time-oriented answers -- were the next most frequently cited responses, at 17 percent and 12 percent, respectively.
The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources, the world’s premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a project and interim basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with more than 20 employees.
CFOs were asked, “If you could change one thing about your current position, what would it be?” Their responses:
“CFOs don’t have the luxury of time, yet it clearly ranks as the top priority on their professional wish list,” said Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources. “New demands are adding to their already busy schedules, including accelerated SEC filing deadlines, regulatory compliance requirements and strategies to optimize business growth after a period of economic uncertainty.”
McDonald suggests executives adhere to a number of proven time-management strategies:
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