Asked what sort of a career-related New Year's resolution they would make, 31 percent of senior executives said they would resolve to acquire a new skill in 2006, according to a national survey.

Conducted by an independent research firm, 150 executives were polled, including professionals working in human resources, finance and marketing departments. Accountemps, a staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals, developed the survey.

No. 2 on the list was a resolution to spend less time at work (19 percent), followed by the pledge to improve relationships with bosses and/or coworkers (13 percent). The only other answers to receive more than 3 percent of the vote were: make a career change, earn a promotion and earn a raise.Accountemps has more than 330 offices throughout North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The company is a division of Robert Half International Inc.

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