man and woman seen from behind looking out office window While 74% of CFOs believe hybrid and remote work are here to stay, 61% of respondents also said they are focused on getting most or all their people returning to work on-site. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Inflation, labor shortages and financial concerns are having an effect on economic optimism at the CFO level. According to a Grant Thornton LLP 2022 Q1 CFO Survey, optimism has fallen 30 percentage points to just 49%.

Inflation topped the list of concerns with 80% of CFOs citing rising costs as the top reason for their negative outlook. Supply chain issues and the war in Ukraine were also bringing down the numbers.

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