Accountemps Survey: A Third of Managers Respond to at Least One Unforeseen Crisis a Week - Down Significantly From 10 Years Ago
TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Keeping a cool head in a crisis is a hallmark of a good leader, but the number of fires executives are putting out daily and weekly may be trending down, a recent Accountemps survey shows. Today, a third (36 per cent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said they contend with at least one unexpected crisis a week. This compares to 81 per cent of executives who said they dealt with at least one unforeseen crisis a week in a similar survey conducted 10 years ago.
The most recent survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and the local results are based on interviews with 270 CFOs from a stratified random sample of Canadian companies.
CFOs were asked, "How often, on average, do you find yourself responding to unexpected crises at work?" Their responses:
|A few times a day||12%||21%|
|Once a day||4%||12%|
|A few times per week||14%||36%|
|Once a week||6%||12%|
|A few times per month||13%||18%|
|Once a month||36%||1%|
"At any given moment, managers could be faced with a variety of crises at work; in recent years these may have included data breaches and social media gaffes but they can also be anything from a top employee quitting to a financial reporting error," said Dianne Hunnam-Jones, Canadian district president of Accountemps. "The best way to ensure an issue doesn't develop into a crisis is to be prepared. Creating a detailed crisis management plan for dealing with potential problems before they occur can keep a headache from ballooning into a full-fledged issue."
Accountemps offers five tips on how managers can avert crises or mitigate the damage when issues do arise:
- Create crisis plans. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Put plans in place for possible crisis situations and conduct regular "fire drills" so your team knows exactly what to do and who to consult in the event of an emergency. This will help your staff stay cool-headed when the pressure's on, while cutting down on response time.
- Be proactive. Regularly checking in on critical projects can minimize last-second scrambling. Make sure your team is aligned, on track, and has the necessary resources and information to meet their objectives.
- Establish a culture of transparency. Encourage honest communication among your team. Promote smart, strategic risk-taking and create an environment where employees feel comfortable coming to you to admit errors or share concerns.
- Drill down on data. Leveraging data analytics tools can enable you to spot potential problems -- and correct course -- earlier than in years past. Business analysts can help you spot hurdles on the horizon, such as a sudden decrease in sales.
- Learn from mistakes. Take the time to understand what went wrong. Put key programs and campaigns under the microscope and strive to pinpoint the root causes of issues so you avoid similar problems in the future.
Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The staffing firm has more than 340 offices worldwide. More resources, including online job search services and the Accountemps blog, can be found at accountemps.com. Follow Robert Half on Twitter at twitter.com/RobertHalf_CAN, and gain insights on the latest financial hiring and salary trends at www.roberthalf.ca/salarycentre.
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