Everyone Deserves a Break - Survey Reveals Economy Not Preventing Most Financial Executives From Taking Time Off

    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ -Despite the economic downturn, many executives
haven't forgotten the benefit of occasionally taking a break. A new survey
shows that more than four in five (83 per cent) of Canadian CFOs plan to
proceed with vacation plans.
    The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources, the world's
premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a
project and interim basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm
and includes responses from 270 chief financial officers (CFOs) from a
stratified random sample of Canadian companies.
    CFOs were asked, "Has the economy forced you to postpone or reduce the
amount of vacation you plan to take this year?" Their responses:

            No.................................................. 83%
            Yes................................................. 17%

    "The most savvy managers recognize that taking time off helps
professionals maintain a healthy work/life balance and can also help boost
productivity," said David King, executive vice president for Robert Half
Management Resources. "While executives are committed to steering their firms
through the downturn, those who allow themselves to take a well planned leave
from the office often return recharged."
    King offers the following tips to help executives and their team members
enjoy a relaxing and guilt-free respite from the office:

    Develop a game plan. Create a system for granting vacation requests and
plan accordingly. The sooner you can determine how you will cover for
vacationing employees, the better.

    Safeguard client relationships. Make sure staff members alert clients and
other key business contacts when they will be on vacation and give details on
who will be handling requests while they are out.

    Use vacations as a 'testing ground.' Allow high-potential employees to
take on greater responsibility when teams are thin, giving you the chance to
evaluate them for future advancement opportunities.

    Seek interim support. Companies operating with less people risk
overloading remaining staff. Arrange additional staffing support when
workloads become unmanageable.

    Set an example. Often a company's hardest-working employees are the ones
to forgo vacations during busy periods. Managers who take time off set a good
example for employees who may otherwise feel compelled to do without a

    Robert Half Management Resources has more than 145 offices worldwide, and
offers online job search services at www.roberthalfmr.com.

For further information:

For further information: Kristie Perrotte, (416) 350-2330,

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