CFOs Prefer Strategy Over Management

Chief monetary officers as firm leaders have been an ongoing theme over the previous few years, for apparent causes. CFO’s reporting has illuminated, and research and surveys have proven, the finance chief not solely is required as a strategic chief throughout the group however more and more yearns to carry out on this function.

Part of any firm’s retention technique is for the C-suite to contemplate the extent of enjoyment and success staff obtain from their jobs. The CFO isn’t any completely different and, based mostly on the outcomes of an Oracle NetSuite survey printed at the moment, finds an excessive amount of satisfaction within the sides of this evolving function. 

CFOs shared a excessive degree of enjoyment in producing key efficiency indicators (45%), situation planning (51%), growing ROI projections (48%), and reviewing month-end shut. OK, possibly not the final one. 

The survey included 500 respondents — 96 CFOs and VPs of finance and 156 non-finance enterprise executives, 125 non-finance managers, and 125 finance managers. Company dimension included these with income as much as $250 million. 

One space of shock is in terms of CFOs’ function as a supervisor and coach. CFOs do get pleasure from operating finance staff conferences (53% stated they get pleasure from); nevertheless, when it shifts to precise administration, 39% of CFOs acknowledged they solely tolerate teaching their finance staff. In teaching line-of-business managers to grasp key metrics, 48% stated they tolerate it. 

Meanwhile, in response to the survey, those that assist the CFO and government workplace — finance managers particularly — share this constant view. They view their CFO as extremely competent in features comparable to financing and knowledge evaluation, however much less so in gentle expertise comparable to communication, administration, and motivation. 

The common settlement between CFOs and their managerial workers is an attention-grabbing one, and value taking note of because the expertise conflict — recruitment, retention, job satisfaction — continues to be dominant themes in 2022. 


Disclaimer: Oracle NetSuite is a sponsor of CFO.

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