What do Senior Management Employees Have in Common?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | | |

oie_2417056oC2TWEbGAre they workaholics or do they prefer to work out? Are they sharp dressers or do they prefer more casual attire? A lighthearted, newly-released survey from CareerBuilder surveyed 552 executives (hiring and human resources managers in senior leadership positions including CEOs, CFOs, COOs and Senior VPs) to take a closer look at their personalities and preferences. Here’s what they had to say.

Business Casual

Only 1 in 5 executives consider a business suit typical office attire. Most executives (57 percent) dress in business casual clothing, while 18 percent regularly wear jeans or shorts. The top three color choices were black (32 percent); navy blue (31 percent); and grey (10 percent).

Nice Ride

Gone are the days of limos and chauffeurs.  Most executives (79 percent) drive themselves. 1 in 4 (24 percent) drive an SUV; 1 in 5 (22 percent) drive a mid-sized sedan; and 1 in 10 (10 percent) cruise around in luxury sedan. Nearly 1 in 5 executives (18 percent) use environmentally friendly modes of transport such as bus or train, hybrid vehicles, walking, or even riding bikes.

Practical Dining

While ad execs on “Mad Men” may sip whiskey at lunch and dine on fat steaks, in reality, more than 3 in 5 of executives (62 percent) abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages during company happy hours. Instead, they opt for soda, water, coffee, or nothing at all. Thirteen percent of executives kick back with a beer, and the same number opt for wine, while 8 percent reach for a mixed drink.

When it comes to eating, nearly half of executives bring their lunch from home, while the rest reach for fast food (22 percent) or food from a sit-down restaurant (14 percent). One in ten say they don’t eat lunch on a typical day.

Right or Left?

Right-handers outnumber left-handers by nearly 7 to 1 however, 8 percent of executives claim to be ambidextrous. When it comes to parting their hair, 3 in 10 executives favor the right, 19 percent go down the middle, and 15 percent part on the left. One in four (25 percent) don’t part their hair at all, while 11 percent sport a shaved or bald head.

Working Hard, Working Out

When asked how many hours they work in a typical week, 40 was the minimum for most. 58 percent said they work 40 to 49 hours a week; 32 percent worked 50 hours or more. Only a few (9 percent) said they work less than 40 hours a week. And, despite having a busy schedule, the vast majority of executives (82 percent) are able to squeeze in at least one work out a week, with 39 percent working up a sweat four or more days a week. Nearly 1 in 5 (18 percent) said they “rarely” or “never” work out.

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