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Almost half of finance professionals eat lunch at their desk

Wednesday 21st June, 2017

According to research by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters 45% of finance professionals do not leave their desk for lunch. 24% left their desk but remain in the office while just 31% left the office during their break while.

The Career Lifestyle Survey also found that almost half (48%) of finance professionals take 30 minutes or less for lunch each day and 5% said they skip their lunch entirely.

Marcus Blackburn, Associate Director for accounting finance recruitment at Robert Walters, comments: “The scope of many accounting professionals’ roles has expanded in recent years, with employers looking for accountants to take an active role in helping to drive and shape elements of company strategy.”

“However, this has had the knock on effect of putting many finance professionals under growing pressure, leading them to forgo their lunch break in order to meet deadlines and deliver on projects.”

“Managers need to remain aware of the detrimental impact that this can have on the morale and productivity of staff, potentially leading to burnout when finance professionals feel under pressure not to take much needed breaks to relax and recharge during the day.”

The survey also found that 52% of finance professionals would consider leaving a role due to a company culture which expected consistently long hours.

Only a lack of career progression (65%) and a difficult boss (57%) were more likely to lead accountants to consider leaving their role.

He added: "Work life balance is a growing priority for finance professionals and employers should consider this when developing a strategy for retaining high calibre staff long-term."

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