Survey Finds Inquiries About Work/Life Balance More Common During Job Interviews


MENLO PARK, CA — More accountants today are taking time during the job
interview to inquire about work/life balance options, and businesses are
responding accordingly. In a recent survey, 57 percent of chief
financial officers (CFOs) said job candidates are more likely to ask about
work/life balance programs when meeting with prospective employers than they
were five years ago, and 68 percent of financial executives
reported offering accounting staff some form of alternative scheduling

The survey was developed by Robert Half Finance & Accounting, the world’s
first and largest specialized financial recruitment service. It was conducted by
an independent research firm and is based on interviews with more than 1,400
CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 20 or more

CFOs were asked, “When interviewing job candidates today, are they
more or less likely to inquire about work/life balance programs than five years
” Their responses:

More likely 57%
No change 11%
Less likely 26%
Don’t know/no answer 6%

CFOs also were asked to identify which, if any, scheduling options they offer
their accounting staff. The most common were flexible hours, cited by 51
of respondents, part-time work (27 percent)
and job-sharing arrangements (20 percent ).

“As recently as five years ago, it was not as common for job candidates to
inquire about flexible scheduling options or other alternative work arrangements
during interviews,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half
International and author of Human Resources Kit For Dummies®, 2nd Edition (John
Wiley & Sons, Inc.). “But today employers anticipate these requests and are
designing programs to accommodate them where possible.”

Messmer pointed out that while policies must be equitable, a
“one-size-fits-all” approach is not always practical because different jobs have
different levels of inherent flexibility. “Telecommuting, for example, is often
best-suited for professionals who can work autonomously and do not need to be on
hand to directly supervise other team members or meet with clients or

Founded in 1948, Robert Half Finance & Accounting, a division of Robert
Half International, has more than 350 locations throughout North America, South
America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers online job search
services at www.roberthalf.com.

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