Weekend Warriors

Executives Work Weekends but Value Work-Free Vacations, Survey Shows



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Accountemps

    MENLO PARK, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- How do many of today's
 executives pass their time on the weekends?  According to a recent poll, they
 spend much of it working.  Chief financial officers (CFOs) surveyed admitted
 they work an average of eight hours each weekend.  More encouraging:
 One-quarter of all respondents said they do not work at all on Saturdays and
 Sundays.  In a related finding, more than half of executives (54 percent) said
 they rarely or never take projects with them on vacation.
     The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest
 temporary staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping
 professionals.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes
 responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies
 with more than 20 employees.
     CFOs were asked, "On average, how many hours, if at all, do you spend
 working each weekend?"  Their responses:
 
         None                            25%
         1-2 hours                        8%
         3-4 hours                       15%
         5-6 hours                       17%
         7-9 hours                       11%
         10-14 hours                     12%
         More than 15 hours              10%
         Don't know / no answer           2%
                                        100%
 
         The mean response was eight hours.
 
     CFOs were also asked, "How often do you take work with you on vacation?"
 Their responses:
 
         Never                           36%
         Rarely                          18%
         Sometimes                       26%
         Always                          19%
         Don't know/no answer             1%
                                        100%
 
     "Technology is making it easier than ever for busy professionals to work
 around the clock.  E-mail and remote access to company networks allow
 executives to remain in contact with the office from anywhere at any time,"
 said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career
 For Dummies(R) (Hungry Minds, Inc.).
     But, Messmer added, "While a strong work ethic is certainly key to
 climbing the corporate ladder, allowing your job to monopolize too much of
 your personal and family time can lead to increased stress and risk of
 burnout."
 
     Fortunately, many of today's executives draw the line when it comes to
 working while on vacation.  "Taking a break is essential to 'recharging' and
 bringing a fresh approach to business projects and challenges," Messmer said.
     Accountemps has more than 300 offices throughout North America, Europe and
 Australia, and offers online job search services at www.accountemps.com.
 
 

SOURCE Accountemps
    MENLO PARK, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- How do many of today's
 executives pass their time on the weekends?  According to a recent poll, they
 spend much of it working.  Chief financial officers (CFOs) surveyed admitted
 they work an average of eight hours each weekend.  More encouraging:
 One-quarter of all respondents said they do not work at all on Saturdays and
 Sundays.  In a related finding, more than half of executives (54 percent) said
 they rarely or never take projects with them on vacation.
     The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest
 temporary staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping
 professionals.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes
 responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies
 with more than 20 employees.
     CFOs were asked, "On average, how many hours, if at all, do you spend
 working each weekend?"  Their responses:
 
         None                            25%
         1-2 hours                        8%
         3-4 hours                       15%
         5-6 hours                       17%
         7-9 hours                       11%
         10-14 hours                     12%
         More than 15 hours              10%
         Don't know / no answer           2%
                                        100%
 
         The mean response was eight hours.
 
     CFOs were also asked, "How often do you take work with you on vacation?"
 Their responses:
 
         Never                           36%
         Rarely                          18%
         Sometimes                       26%
         Always                          19%
         Don't know/no answer             1%
                                        100%
 
     "Technology is making it easier than ever for busy professionals to work
 around the clock.  E-mail and remote access to company networks allow
 executives to remain in contact with the office from anywhere at any time,"
 said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career
 For Dummies(R) (Hungry Minds, Inc.).
     But, Messmer added, "While a strong work ethic is certainly key to
 climbing the corporate ladder, allowing your job to monopolize too much of
 your personal and family time can lead to increased stress and risk of
 burnout."
 
     Fortunately, many of today's executives draw the line when it comes to
 working while on vacation.  "Taking a break is essential to 'recharging' and
 bringing a fresh approach to business projects and challenges," Messmer said.
     Accountemps has more than 300 offices throughout North America, Europe and
 Australia, and offers online job search services at www.accountemps.com.
 
 SOURCE  Accountemps