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CFOs Say It Takes Four Weeks or More to Fill Accounting Positions

For accounting departments already stretched thin by compliance initiatives and limited resources, a month may seem like too long to wait for help. But according to a recent survey of chief financial officers (CFOs), companies often spend at least that much time hiring a new accounting employee.
Practice Management

When Love and Work Collide: Companies Should Set 'Workplace Romance' Ground Rules

Workplace romance can jeopardize your career, according to CareerJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's executive career site. The majority of human resource professionals and corporate executives agree that workplace romance is something they would avoid personally, yet their organizations typically don't have policies addressing it, reported a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and CareerJournal.com Workplace Romance survey.
Tax

PWC Names Former IRS Industry Director, Managing Director in WNTS

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP last week announced that Thomas (Tom) Wilson has joined the firm as a managing director in the Washington National Tax Service's (WNTS) IRS Service Team. In his new role Mr. Wilson will work with the IRS and provide clients with insight on examinations and appeals processes, international controversy resolution and employment tax.
Education & Careers

IU Accounting Students Test the Real World

Students in the Systems & Accounting Graduate Programs at Indiana University have the opportunity to solve real business problems before they leave the picturesque Bloomington, Indiana, campus. By completing the renowned Kelley School of Business’ field consulting project course, teams of graduate accounting students utilize their skills and education as consultants for a variety of companies and organizations throughout central Indiana.The program is thought to be one-of-a-kind among graduate level accounting programs at the nation’s colleges.
Education & Careers

Don't Let Your Best Employees Jump Ship: What You Can Do

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President of The Discovery GroupTHE PROBLEM:The last few years have been very difficult for employees. They have experienced large scale layoffs, the outsourcing of their jobs, limited advancement opportunities, and low, if any, pay increases. In private, many have said to their colleagues, "When the economy turns around, I'm outta here." In fact, our research in 60 organizations over the past 10 years shows that 32 percent of employees claim that they plan to leave within the foreseeable future.
Community News

Majority of Fast-Growth CEOs Likely To Move On

Most CEOs of America's fastest-growing private companies say they are likely to step down within the next ten years, but almost half have put little to no thought into succession planning. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of surveyed CEOs plan to move on within a decade or less: 42 percent within five years, and 23 percent in five to ten years. And their exit plans? Most (51 percent) anticipate a sale to another company.
Education & Careers

GE Tops Ranking of Best Companies for Executive Development

General Electric ranks as the best company for developing executive talent, according to a new ranking on the topic by Executive Development Associates, a global executive development firm. The San Francisco-based firm conducted a survey of chief learning officers and human resources executives at companies around the globe in December 2004. The respondents each received a listing of more than 75 companies and voted for companies with exceptional executive development strategy, systems and programs. "GE received 67.7 percent of the votes.
Community News

AICPA Announces Promotions/Organizational Changes

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants announced on Monday several promotions within the Institute, as well as select organizational changes. Arleen Thomas, CPA, vice president, currently of Professional Standards and Services, will now serve as senior vice president of Member Competency and Development. Susan Coffey, CPA, vice president of Audit Quality and Professional Ethics has been promoted to senior vice president, Member Quality and State Regulation.
Practice Management

Herding Tigers and Other Lone Rangers

By Gale Crosley, CPA - For CPAs, winning significant opportunities is the ultimate team sport. If you or other tigers in your firm are accustomed to going it alone, you'll find it's next to impossible to do this consistently when the business is large and complex. The reluctance of CPAs to recognize this keeps many from conquering high-value targets. All Together Now!Would a quarterback ever appear alone on the field to face down a full roster of opposing players? Of course not. The same thinking applies here.
Community News

Employee Retention Programs Needed Now...for Defense

By The Herman Group - Employee retention programs are often seen as something companies employ when their good people are walking out the door. “Initiating employee retention strategies after employees have departed is like closing the barn door after your best horses have already galloped out,” says Joyce Gioia, President of The Herman Group, employee retention consultants.A much different approach is needed by employers today, in an employment marketplace that is undergoing significant change under the surface.
Tax

'Nanny Tax' Deadline Approaching for Household Employers

Taxpayers who hire nannies, gardeners or caretakers for elderly parents have until Jan.
Education & Careers

Majority of Workers Believe Their Bosses Lack Integrity, Fairness

More than half of American workers question the basic morality of their organizations' top leaders and say thattheir managers do not treat them fairly, according to results of a just-released, representative, nationwide survey of 7,718 American workers aged 18 and over.Reacting to ongoing corporate scandals, accelerating outsourcing and continued downsizing, only 36 percent of workers said they believed top managers acted with honesty and integrity.
Education & Careers

Meeting And Greeting: Ten Strategies For Getting Off To A Good Start

A day in the life of every businessperson is made up of a series of meetings and greetings. Whether you are making the initial contact with a client or a colleague, you want to get off on the right foot. Doing so will make the first encounter and subsequent ones go smoothly and easily.Getting off on the wrong foot can make for a difficult recovery. Save your energy for later and use these simple strategies for a successful start.Stand up when you meet someone. This allows you to engage the person on an equal level - eye to eye.
A&A

Seven Guidelines for Creating an Ideal New Year!

by Gary Ryan Blair, the GoalsGuy, Inc. - It all begins with a vision, a vision of creating an ideal life. The relentless pursuit of that vision will eventually give birth to the picture in your mind. An ideal life born from the unwavering dedication to doing whatever it took to become successful. Creating the ideal life obviously requires intelligence, but that’s just the start.
Tax

The Year Ahead, Revenue Growth and Managing Costs Top List of Concerns

What keeps financial executives up at night? Making sure their businesses are in the black. In a new nationwide survey, 34 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) said their company’s top priority for 2005 is growing revenue. Nearly half (45 percent) of respondents said they anticipate employee healthcare plans to be the biggest cost increase over the next 12 months.The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S.

Baby Boomers, Beware! Don’t Let Your Resume Date You!

If you’re a job seeker of the Baby Boom generation, you may be feeling a little left out by the job market. You’re certainly not ready to retire, but the young recruiters you send resumes to don’t seem to respond to your skills and experience. If you’re feeling symptoms of age discrimination, you should know that your resume could be the culprit, categorizing you as out of date and over the hill.There are three ways your resume can put you in the over the hill category. Your resume is due for an update if it contains:1. Outdated technology skills2.
Community News

Talent Management Among Top Five Priorities in 2005

Providing rewards programs that attract, motivate and help retain employees has been ranked among the top five priorities for employers in 2005, according to a new survey conducted by Deloitte Consulting LLP's Human Capital practice and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS).
Community News

Annual Salary Survey Shows it Pays to Hold CPA Designation

Over 2,800 respondents working in the accounting, finance and banking professions around the country responded to this voluntary online survey conducted by Careerbank.com.
Community News

Survey: Balanced Workload is Best, Underworked Employees Are Least Happy

When employees return to work from the holiday break, their natural tendency is to put in a full day's work - or even work a little extra.
A&A

'Franchising is Small Business at Its Best', Tax Services Franchise Tops List

For the 26th year Entrepreneur magazine is pleased to announce the top franchise opportunities. The Top 10 franchises for 2005 are: Subway Curves The Quiznos Franchise Co. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service The UPS Store Sonic Drive-In Restaurants Jani-King 7-Eleven, Inc. Dunkin' Donuts RE/MAX Int'l, Inc. America has stepped up to the sandwich bar once again - Subway comes in at No. 1 for the 13th time in 18 years.

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