Most financial officers keep in touch with office during vacation
Nearly 70 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) said they check in with the office at least once a week during their vacation. However, it appears they're trying to remain less in-touch.
- Schedule ahead. If possible, aim to leave the office during a light period or when key staff members are not on vacation. Those in the office won’t be stretched too thin by your absence or feel the need to be in constant contact with you.
- Decide on a point-person early. A few weeks in advance, designate a senior person you trust to manage day-to-day responsibilities during your absence.
- Notify contacts and clients. Before you leave, make certain clients and other business contacts are aware when you’ll be gone. Include the name of your colleague handling your responsibilities on your out-of-office e-mail response and voicemail.
- Divide assignments. Unless the project requires the focus of your most senior person, you may want to distribute tasks to multiple senior staff members to ensure that work gets completed and to avoid overburdening any single employee. Also consider bringing in project professionals to cover large projects.
- Determine your check-in time. If you must check in, try to establish office hours prior to your departure. Provide your staff with specific dates and times you will be checking messages. Resist the temptation to always have your mobile device in hand while on vacation.
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