Relationships Suffer When Americans Cheat Themselves Out of Time Off


New Study Uncovers How Work Martyr Complex Bleeds into Relationships at Home American workers value quality time with their loved ones above all else, but employees’ behavior doesn’t align with those priorities, according to a new Project: Time Off study, “The Work Martyr’s Affair: How America’s Lost Week Quietly Threatens Our Relationships.” The study, conducted by GfK Public Affairs, examines how employees balance their professional and personal lives, a particularly important analysis given American workers now use the least amount of vacation in nearly four decades—a full workweek less than 15 years ago.

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Finance Staff Struggle To Interact With Different Personalities In Other Departments INFOGRAPHIC

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CFOs Reveal Top Hurdles to Cross-Departmental Collaboration There’s the nose-to-the-grindstone worker, the social butterfly and the visionary. Every office has a mix of personalities, and getting along with everyone is not easy. In a Robert Half Finance & Accounting survey, chief financial officers (CFOs) said the greatest challenge for finance and accounting professionals when working with those in other departments is learning to interact with a variety of personalities (39 percent).

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Talking Brass Tacks and Bottom Lines

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Conveying Financial Information in Non-financial Terms is Top Challenge for Finance Staff For individuals on the outside it can often feel like those in the financial world use a language all their own, with enough acronyms, formulas and jargon to make their head spin. So it’s no surprise that financial professionals have trouble trying to get across complex financial information to coworkers. In a Robert Half Finance & Accounting survey, chief financial officers (CFOs) said their greatest challenge when working with those in other departments is conveying financial information in nonfinancial terms (49 per cent).

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Who Do Executives Turn To First For Job-Change Advice?

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Who says people don’t listen to their better half? According to a recent Accountemps survey, more than two in five (43 percent) executives said they turn first to a spouse or significant other for advice when evaluating an employment offer. Friends were the next most commonly tapped source of guidance (21 percent), and their influence seems to have grown: When a similar question was asked in 2007, they were cited by just 3 percent of managers. Mentors trailed closely behind, with 20 percent of the response in the latest survey. Coworkers and other family members were mentioned by just 9 percent and 7 percent of those polled, respectively.  

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Survey Says Aflac is a Great Place to Work for Millennials

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Great Place to Work and FORTUNE Magazine’s Newest List Finds Aflac Among Top 100 Companies for Millennials Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site in the United States and one of FORTUNE’s 2014 Blue Ribbon companies, announced today that Great Place to Work® and Fortune have recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials in the country. This inaugural ranking comes from an anonymous survey of millennial employees administered by the workplace culture experts at Great Place to Work®. According to FORTUNE, in just 10 years, millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce.

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Ask For A Pay Raise … Or Get A Root Canal?


New Study Reveals What People Would Rather Do Than Ask for a Raise and Provides Insight Into Worker Confidence About Salary and Jobs. If the thought of asking for a raise makes you want to scrub the floors, update your resume or spend quality time at the dentist’s office, you’re not alone. While 89 percent of U.S. workers surveyed by staffing firm Robert Half believe they deserve a raise, just over half (54 percent) plan to ask for one this year. Instead of making the case for a pay bump, many workers would rather clean the house (32 percent), look for a new job (13 percent), get a root canal (7 percent) or be audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (6 percent).

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Six Steps to Bring Financial Wellness to the Workplace


State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) and Benz Communications today released an easy-to-implement framework that companies of all sizes can use to develop successful workplace financial wellness programs. “The urgency of addressing employee financial wellbeing inspired us to collaborate with employers and create a framework that helps them to take action” According to research from SSGA, 61 percent of employees experience moderate to high levels of financial stress1. The majority of employers feel a sense of responsibility for helping employees gain financial security. However, when faced with workers’ diverse income levels and financial know-how, in addition to cultural issues around discussing financial matters, employers may not see a clear path to driving employees’ financial wellness.

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Many CFOs Working On Vacation


Professionals across the country are planning summer trips, but research suggests many financial executives will be packing their work with their sunscreen. In a recent Robert Half Management Resources survey, 68 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) said they typically are in touch with the office at least once a week while on summer vacation, a 20-point increase from a similar survey three years ago. Roughly one-third (32 percent) of CFOs anticipate a clean break from work while on vacation, down from 51 percent in 2012. In general, respondents are more likely to check in with the office daily than not at all.

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