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

    TORONTO, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - 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, 56 per cent 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 80 per cent of financial executives reported offering
accounting staff some form of alternative scheduling arrangements.
    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 270
CFOs from a stratified random sample of Canadian 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
ago?" Their responses:

             More likely .................................... 56%
             No change ...................................... 21%
             Less likely .................................... 18%
             Don't know/no answer ...........................  5%

    CFOs were also asked to identify which, if any, scheduling options they
offer their accounting staff. The most common were flexible hours, cited by 44
 per cent of respondents, part-time work (19 per cent) and job-sharing
arrangements (14 per cent).
    "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(R), 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

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