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'GO FOR IT!' SURVEY FINDS MANAGERS ENCOURAGE EMPLOYEE RISK-TAKING; RESULTS CAN INCLUDE INCREASED MORALE, EFFICIENCY AND NEW PRODUCTS

 MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- "Go for it!" That phrase is being heard with increasing frequency in the workplace. In fact, in a recent Accountemps survey, more than two-thirds (69 percent) of executives said that management at their company encourages more risk-taking among employees than it did three years ago.
 The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's largest temporary staffing service for the accounting, bookkeeping and information systems fields. It was conducted by an independent research firm, which polled 200 executives from the nation's 1,000 largest companies.
 Respondents were asked: "Does management at your company encourage more risk-taking or less risk-taking among employees than it did three years ago?"
 Their response:
 More 69 percent
 Less 22 percent
 Same/
 Don't Know 9 percent
 "Risk-taking is often critical to business growth. Allowing employees the latitude to take chances is not only motivational, it can also increase efficiency and spawn new products and services," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. "Despite challenging economic times, managers today must be careful to avoid the common error of focusing on short-term results at the expense of innovation." Messmer outlined the following steps to encourage risk-taking:
 -- "Listen to employees. Suggestion boxes can result in tremendous cost-savings and can boost morale as long as management acts on new ideas.
 -- "Hire people with courage. Such employees are often outspoken, but they usually help build a company that is vibrant and successful.
 -- "Reward risk-taking -- win or lose. Those who take calculated risks will most likely make some mistakes. Let your staff know you understand this and will not penalize them for 'smart' mistakes."
 Accountemps has more than 150 offices in the United States, Canada and Europe.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Taylor, 415-854-9700, or Marc Silbert, 516-767-3700, both of Accountemps/


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