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Survey: 82% Of Workers Want Updates On Company Financial Performance
- 88% of CFOs say their firm shares financial information with at least some staff, according to Robert Half Management Resources research
- More than half of organizations provide financial data to all employees
- Most private companies give updates to at least some workers

MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Should companies open their books to employees? New research from global staffing firm Robert Half Management Resources shows a majority of workers (82%) are interested in hearing about their organization's financial performance. In a separate survey of CFOs, 88% of respondents said their company regularly shares this data with at least some staff; 56% give updates to all workers.

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While private companies aren't required to disclose financial results, 87% of CFOs at these organizations said quarterly and annual information is made available to at least select employees, up 31 points from a similar survey in 2016.

Workers were asked, "How interested are you in hearing about your company's financial performance?" Their responses:

Very interested

53%

Somewhat interested

29%

Not too interested

9%

Not at all interested

8%


   99%*


*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

CFOs were asked, "Does your company provide employees with regular updates on its quarterly and annual financial performance?" Their responses:

Yes, we share financial information with all employees.

56%

Yes, we share financial information with select employees.

32%

No, we don't share financial information with employees.

12%


100%

"Staff feel more invested and engaged when leadership provides updates on company performance," said Jason Flanders, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources. "Professionals are also often happier and more productive if they understand how their work contributes to the firm's bottom line."

Flanders added, "In today's competitive hiring environment, business transparency may provide a recruiting advantage. Job seekers want to identify with an organization's goals and strategies and are drawn to employers that provide open, ongoing communication."

Additional findings:

  • More publicly traded (68%) than privately held (55%) companies provide all employees with financial updates.
  • Large companies with 1,000 or more employees (65%) are the most financially transparent.

For more advice on how leaders can effectively communicate, visit the Robert Half blog.

About the Research
The online surveys were developed by Robert Half Management Resources and conducted by independent research firms. They include responses from more than 1,000 CFOs in the United States with 20 or more employees and more than 1,000 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments in the United States.

About Robert Half Management Resources
Robert Half Management Resources is the premier provider of senior-level finance, accounting and business systems professionals for companies' project and interim staffing needs. Customizing its approach for each organization, Robert Half Management Resources can provide a single consultant, a financial team or full-service consulting, delivered through Protiviti®, a Robert Half subsidiary. With 140 locations worldwide, Robert Half Management Resources works with companies of all sizes, including more than half of the top 100 companies from the FORTUNE 500®. For more information, visit roberthalf.com/management-resources.

 

SOURCE Robert Half Management Resources

For further information: Shilpa Ahuja, (925) 913-2796, shilpa.ahuja@roberthalf.com