The biggest challenge for accounting and finance professionals when working with coworkers in other departments is interacting with a variety of personalities, according to CFOs in a new poll.
The staffing company Robert Half Finance & Accounting asked CFOs, “Which one of the following do you think is the greatest challenge for accounting and finance professionals when working with coworkers in other departments?"
The survey found that 39 percent of the CFOs said the greatest challenges was learning to interact with a variety of personalities, while 22 percent said it was managing stress arising from crisis situations, 19 percent said it was prioritizing conflicting deadlines throughout the enterprise, and 19 percent said it was conveying financial information in nonfinancial terms.
“For functions such as accounting and finance that interact with a broad cross-section of business units, navigating disparate protocols and personalities can be tricky,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half, in a statement. “The most successful and satisfied employees work well with just about everyone. Building relationships across departments ensures enhanced collaboration, smoother processes and greater influence for practitioners.”