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New Zealand – Finance leaders say workers must be open to change in the workplace of the future

11 June 2019

CFOs in New Zealand say workers must be open to change to adapt to the workplace of the future, according to research from Robert Half New Zealand.

Robert Half’s survey of 100 CFOs found that the top characteristics required by finance professionals in light of digitisation are openness to change (52%), openness to new ideas (33%) and communication (32%).

The research found that finance employers are already optimistic about the benefits on their team from digital transformation and automation initiatives. More than half, or 57%, say digitisation/automation in the workplace has led to increased innovation, while 55% believe it has led to more effective communication in their team. Other cited benefits include increased collaboration between team members (54%) and enhanced team spirit (53%).

Megan Alexander, General Manager of Robert Half New Zealand, commented, “New Zealand’s finance sector is already experiencing the benefits of disruptive technologies, such as Robotic Process Automation, cloud technology and innovative interfaces designed for enhanced customers experience. However, the changing face of the industry means finance professionals need to adapt their skillsets – and fast.”

“Resilience, adaptability and willingness to learn new skills are required by employers across all industries, so it’s essential for professionals to remain responsive and open to change in the workplace,” Alexander said. “It’s also the responsibility of employers to keep up with digitisation and the transformative changes on the modern workplace. New Zealand’s finance employers need to start developing the skills of their existing staff and new hires from their first day. Learning and development programs need to be an ongoing initiative to equip staff with the skills and ability to adapt to the workplace of the future.”

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