Practice news December 2010

Education & Careers

Tattoos, body piercings, and accounting firms

What do tattoos, nose rings, and CPA firms have in common? Millennials are expected to make up more than one third of the country’s workforce by 2014 and, of that segment, 12 percent have a tattoo and 25 percent have a body part pierced other than earlobes.
Practice Management

Study: Compliance, staffing capabilities will need special attention in changing economy

The 2011 benchmarking study of the finance function has been released. The study reveals how public and private firms of all sizes are currently managing their financial departments in six vital areas.
Practice Management

How accounting firms can make 2011 better than 2010

Your company can position itself for further growth and prosperity in 2011. Strong or weak economy, it doesn’t matter. But in a weak economy, the services of an accounting firm are needed more than ever.
Practice

Five frustrating employee habits

Sometimes the simplest of employee problems can end up making big waves down the line. Following are five common employee problems and suggestions on how to diffuse them before they end up causing you more trouble than necessary.
Practice

Six reasons why CPA firms should consider SEO

Getting noticed in the right place during an Internet search is what search engine optimization is all about. A developing technology, SEO increases the likelihood your company will be easily found by prospects.
Practice

Accounting, finance HR managers emphasize good cultural fit

More than two-thirds of HR managers or recruiters who have responsibility in recruiting accounting and finance positions have indicated that they are planning to hire in the next six months.
Practice

Business confidence remains high among CFOs; recruiting challenges rise

A net 2 percent of chief financial officers interviewed for the Robert Half Financial Hiring Index said they plan to hire full-time accounting and finance professionals in the first quarter of 2011.
Practice

When violence affects the workplace, what liabilities do employers face?

Workplace violence risks are real and employers face legal liabilities when employees or customers are victims. Employers must understand how they could be vulnerable to a lawsuit after an incident of workplace violence, and what they can do to prevent such incidences.
Practice Management

It's about time: New Year’s resolutions to maximize time

Don’t let the stubborn consistency of time get you down. If you’re smart about it, there are plenty of ways that you can get more per hour in 2011. We asked some of your forward-looking colleagues to chime in with their time maximization plans for 2011.
Practice Management

Merit pay does not always motivate employees

"Show me the money!” We’ve all seen the movie Jerry Maguire. And, rest assured, if someone speaks those four words, you’re almost always going to associate them with that unforgettable scene.
AccountingWEB Life

Social networking site for Canadian accountants launches

BeansTalk is a new online community designed to offer unique content and opportunities for Canadian accountants, financial planners, tax experts, and bookkeepers.
Practice

Renewed focus on professionalism

A frequently heard criticism is that Millennials/Gen Yers are short on what has been considered professionalism, a very significant attribute for succeeding in business and particularly in a professional service organization and role.
Practice

How to deal with difficult people at work

Are you struggling to cope with difficult people at work? If you are, then you are not alone. The workplace is full of difficult people who can make your life miserable if you let them.
Practice Development

Survey: 82% of top 100 accounting firms tie new tech to client retention, firm growth

The largest U.S. accounting firms believe they are nearly 100 percent focused on client needs and expectations, and perceived by their clients as technologically savvy, with the adoption of paperless and cloud-based technologies, according to a recent survey.