More Finance Candidates Asking about Work/Life Issues

November 15, 2007 ( - The issue of work/life balance programs is increasingly coming up in interviews for finance positions, according to a new survey.

A Robert Half Finance & Accounting news release said its survey found that 57% 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.

Some 68% of financial executives reported offering accounting staff an alternative scheduling arrangement. Some 51% of responding CFOs said they offer flexible hours to their accounting staff while 27% said they offer part-time work and 20% mentioned job-sharing arrangements.

“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, in the news release “But today employers anticipate these requests and are designing programs to accommodate them where possible.”

The survey 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 employees.