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Have you ever lost the budget for a new employee because the position was left unfilled for too long?

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Keith Perry
Title: Director of Global Accounting
Company: Agrinos, Inc.
(Director of Global Accounting, Agrinos, Inc.) |

Yes...in bigger companies this is not uncommon, both for people, spend and capital. The particularly nasty thing about it is that everyone figures out this game really quickly, so GMs are incented to spend their full budgets under the "use it or lose it" theory. Cash savings, efficiency, etc can become a bad thing. I've seen awful employees hired/retained, budgets flushed for no purpose, just so the $ are "saved" for the next cycle.

The flip side of "why this is a good policy" is that it normalizes budgets if a GM (or their finance support) forecast badly or cannot execute, and that budget is moved elsewhere to someone who can (or to a biz unit that is simply being successful). It helps actuals adhere to forecast better...because everyone likes predictability this is a good thing.

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Malak Kazan
Title: VP, Special Projects
Company: ERI Economic Research Institute
(VP, Special Projects, ERI Economic Research Institute) |

One train of thought on this "if they've done with out and still performed perhaps they really didn't need the FTE"; another solution for the budget could be to job enrich existing employees with talent to take on these new or additional responsibilities and hire a more junior role at a lesser cost;

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Regis Quirin
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
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(Director of Finance, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP) |

If you enter an annual budget cycle with an open position you risk loosing the position. It really is not related to the length of time the position is open. If you do not loose it, you will be required to re-justify the opening.

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