Overcoming challenges will make you happier

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Over half of accounting and finance professionals feel that taking on and overcoming challenges in the workplace provides them with the most job satisfaction, according to a recent survey of US professionals by Robert Walters.

The survey respondents included professionals from a variety of disciplines. The survey asked participants to submit their opinions on a variety of employment related issues ranging from work/life balance and productivity to environmental policies and employer support.

Commenting on the results Nick Louca, Associate Director, New York, says:

“These findings are consistent with what we hear when we speak to candidates on a daily basis. The increasingly competitive job market has caused accounting and finance professionals to focus on making themselves more desirable to potential employers. This involves a commitment to adding strategic value by contributing to business growth, and therefore accomplishing difficult challenges in order to do so. In the pursuit of this goal, many professionals are accepting that they may have to sacrifice some aspects of their work/life balance in order to compete with fellow job seekers.”

Many professionals are accepting that they may have to sacrifice some aspects of their work/life balance in order to compete with fellow job seekers.

Of those surveyed, 55% of accounting and finance professionals responded that taking on and overcoming challenges gave them the most job satisfaction, followed by remuneration and benefits (27%), good work/life balance (9%), and achieving status and positions of responsibility (9%). No accounting and finance professionals surveyed selected “helping other people” as a viable factor for satisfaction. Furthermore, 82% of accounting professionals believe that overcoming these challenges at work directly impacts the broader success of their company’s business.

In contrast, those professionals surveyed who work in fields outside of accounting and finance indicated very different results. The majority of these respondents chose a good work/life balance as their top source of personal job satisfaction (35%), closely followed by achieving status and positions of responsibility (33%). 20% chose taking on overcoming challenges, 8% responded with helping other people, and 4% chose good remuneration and benefits.

This trend is further supported by how accountants and finance professionals answered survey questions regarding their work/life balance. 73% of accounting and finance professionals surveyed are working either the same or more hours than last year. Many finance professionals are even forgoing their allotted lunch break, while 64% regularly taking a few minutes to buy food and then eat it while working at their desk.

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