More CFOs 'Unplugging' while on Vacation
By AccountingWEB Staff
- Several times a day: 8 percent
- Once or twice a day: 11 percent
- Several times a week: 13 percent
- Once or twice a week: 2 percent
- Don't check in: 51 percent
- Don't know/no answer: 1 percent
- Several times a day: 18 percent
- Once or twice a day: 15 percent
- Several times a week: 12 percent
- Once or twice a week: 26 percent
- Don't check in: 26 percent
- Don't know/no answer: 5 percent
- Set and stick with your out-of-office messages. If you say you're not checking in, but then begin returning messages on vacation, you send mixed signals. If you're inaccessible, stay that way.
- Clarify what constitutes a crisis. Your definition of a crisis may be different from those on your team. Be clear with staff about what situations require escalation and the person who should handle them. If you expect to be notified of emergencies, provide a way for people to reach you quickly.
- Limit surprises. Don't expect staff to "wing it" while you're away. Set people up for success in your absence by giving them a heads up on what issues may arise and how they can address them.
- Acknowledge great work. On your return, thank the people who helped the office run smoothly in your absence, including your assistant. Make note of their efforts in their next performance review.
The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources , a provider of senior-level finance, accounting, and business systems 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 twenty or more employees.
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