Unsolicited spam and junk mail are considered by finance directors surveyed by Real Business and Real FD as being more annoying than the regulatory burden.
More than 500 FDs were surveyed in August-September 2008 to ascertain their worst business irritants.
The top ten irritants are:
1. Junk email and post, and CC mail: 14.1 per cent 2. The volume, intrusion and constant changing of regulations: 14 per cent 3. The complexity of the taxation system: 11 per cent4. Generally economic instability and poor trading conditions: 7.8 per cent5. Bad debts – chasing clients for payment: 7.5 per cent6. Funding issues due to the credit crunch: 7.3 per cent7. Staffing and other recruitment issues (and irritation with recruitment agencies): 6.25 per cent 8. Pushy sales people and cold calling: 4.68 per cent 9. Fluctuations in energy prices: 3.125 per cent =10. Parent company expectations: 3 per cent =10. House banks not understanding my business: 3 per cent