Financial Executives Work Through Lunch Most Days of Week, New Survey Shows

MENLO PARK, CA -- They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and for executives, there’s often no lunch at all. In a recent survey, chief financial officers (CFOs) said that, on average, they work through the noon hour a minimum of three days a week.

The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources, the world’s premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a project 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, "“On average, how many days a week do you work through lunch?"” The mean response was three.

“Working through lunch is increasingly common for executives faced with greater responsibilities that must be managed with fewer resources,” said Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources. “But too many hours spent without a break can take its toll on job performance.”

McDonald points out several business advantages of taking a midday time-out:

Business development -- In a survey released by Robert Half International in 2000, nearly half of CFOs polled said their most successful business meeting outside the office was conducted over a meal.

Networking -- Touching base with peers should not be limited to after-work events or conferences. Schedule time for lunch appointments with colleagues and others in your industry to share ideas and best practices.

Workplace productivity -- While it’s common to skip lunch during crunch times, making it a regular habit can decrease productivity over the long term. When stopping for lunch is not feasible, take short breaks throughout the day to recharge.

A new attitude -- A change of scenery can spur new ideas and give you a fresh perspective on current business challenges.

Robert Half Management Resources has locations in major cities throughout North America, Europe and Australia, and offers online job search services at www.roberthalfmr.com.



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