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Study: Male Accountants Threatened By Women

Nine out of 10 male accountants believe they have been adversely affected by attempts to create a more favorable working environment for women in Europe, new research reveals. Recruitment specialists Careers in Audit found that many men working in the profession claimed that women were being promoted even if they do not deserve it. The resentment ran high despite 76 percent of male accountants backing the view that a "glass ceiling" still exists which prevents women from progressing.
Community News

Most Workers Unhappy In Jobs

More than four out of five U.S.
Practice Management

Five Easy Tips to Bolster Your Happiness Quotient at Work

Is everybody happy? Are employees enthusiastic, with high productivity and performance or are they costing the business money in turnover or health care costs? Are customers satisfied with the service and showing their appreciation with referrals? Most businesses are ignoring the real impact of happiness in business, despite mounting evidence that proves its importance at work. "Stories on the relationship between workplace happiness and employee productivity have made the cover of The Economist and have been featured in The New York Times Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.
Education & Careers

What Ails Corporate America?

For millions of workers who are no longer satisfied with their current jobs and are looking for new positions, the 2007 employment market will be full of opportunities.
A&A

Survey: High Energy Costs Impact Margins

Managers at production and manufacturing companies responded on the impact of high, volatile energy costs in Industry Direction's second annual study, The Energy Cost Factor: Transforming the Supply Chain to Offset Margin Squeeze. Responses from 139 respondents from a wide range of industrial companies were recorded."This year's findings are significant because they demonstrate that companies are not simply bearing the brunt of high energy costs in the most obvious areas of the supply chain,'" said William Brandel, Principal at Industry Directions.
Practice Management

Job Prospects Lucrative for 2007 Accounting Grads

College seniors can look forward to the best job market in years, with employers planning to hire 17-percent more graduates from the class of 2007 than they did from last year's class.The National Association of Colleges and Employers said in its Job Outlook 2007 survey that more than half the employers surveyed said they planned to increase hiring, with only five-percent planning a decrease, the Wall Street Journal reported. The association predicted this year would be the best job market since 2000-2001.Deloitte & Touche is contributing to the recruiting push in a big way.
Community News

A Conversation With Allan Boress: Impact Your Revenues Right Now

Here’s an idea that has generated increases of 12 percent to 23 percent in revenues for over 50 client firms that have employed it: “It’s payback time.”Advertisement
Practice Management

A Conversation With Barry Goldwater: Growing Your Practice

To define wealth management, one has to look as far as his or her financial discipline. To an investment advisor, it may mean growing assets. To an insurance advisor, it may mean tax-efficient estate preservation and to an accountant, it may mean the best way to sell a business to minimize taxes. One definition that I personally like is taken from the book “Accountants as Wealth Managers.” The authors define wealth management as the blending of core accounting services, plus investment management, plus advanced planning insurance solutions.
Practice Management

Customer Service Tops 2007 Priority List

Anyone who has ever held the phone and listened to a recorded message, over and over -- "Your call is important to us, but all our operators are busy helping other customers," -- understands that customers want service and it tops the confidence and loyalty polls as Web 2.0 consumers force businesses to focus their attention on improvement in 2007. "Consumer polls in 2006 pointed to customer service as a critical reason for selecting one business over another business," said Ian Skawinski of White Hat Marketing.
Practice Management

Are You a Great Leader?

The business community is awash in books, manuals and courses on what it takes to be a great leader. So why do you need another one? Consider the source: Ram Charan, coauthor of Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and author of What the CEO Wants You to Know. One of the world's most influential business advisors, Charan has lent his expertise to such corporations as Verizon, General Electric, DuPont and KLM.
Practice Management

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Much You Want It

To start the New Year off on the right foot, take a look at what David Maister wrote about careers, firms and "wanting it." Advertisement
Practice Management

Improving December Cash Flow

Business owners face added stress in December when cash collections from receivables are typically lowest, but there are reasons that they decrease in December and also measures that can be taken to improve the problem. Jerry L.
A&A

Few Firms Have a Regulatory Response Team Despite Anti-fraud Programs

In the heightened regulatory environment of the post-Enron business world, a majority of companies have instituted formal anti-fraud programs and controls, according to an online poll released earlier this month by Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (Deloitte FAS).
Community News

2007 Excellence in Project Accounting Philosophy Essay Scholarship Contest Begins

The 2007 Excellence in Project Accounting Philosophy essay scholarship contest launches on January 1, 2007.
Practice Management

2007 Salary Guide for Accounting and Finance Professionals Released

Compliance demands and expansion of businesses will increase the need for skilled workers in the accounting and finance fields and make recruitment even more difficult in the coming year, according to the 2007 Salary Guide released by Robert Half International.Advertisement
Tax

Churches Adopt Business Management Methods

Megachurches with memberships in the thousands and budgets in the millions are hiring more staff and consultants with business experience as they look to implement corporate management and accounting methods for their congregations.Advertisement
Practice Management

Pennsylvania Firm Sells Audit Group to Regional Ally

One of the manifestations of regulations separating external accounting from internal auditing is that accounting firms some times find themselves shedding a division in order to grow.Such is the case for Beard Miller Company, LLP. The Pennsylvania-based CPA firm, which goes by bmc, announced the sale of its internal auditing and compliance division to McKonly & Asbury, LLP, also of central Pennsylvania.
Practice Management

Keep Those Receipts: IRS Guidance on Per Diem Expense Reimbursement

Employers who routinely pay per diem allowances in excess of the federal per diem rates need to track the amount of expense reimbursement allowances paid to employees on a per diem basis, according to guidance issued last week by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Practice Management

Mark Your Calendar: New England Practice Management Conference

On Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1, the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) is presenting their Annual New England Practice Management Conference at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. The conference will cover a variety of practice management topics, from staff retention and partner compensation, to leadership skills and succession planning.
Education & Careers

Firms Need to Attract New CPA’s

Accounting firms need to attract more students into the field to alleviate the severe talent drought, Leslie Murphy, chairwoman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), told an audience Wednesday.“Our profession has to do more to make it inclusive and attractive if we’re going to successfully compete with other career options available,” Murphy said in closing a conference in Boca Raton, Fla.Demand for accountants continues to grow due to trends in business and regulation, she said.“Business complexities mean it takes more time to complete routine acc

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