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Education & Careers

Finding Ways To Make Your Employees Intrapreneurs

by Joyce GioiaIn our everyday work, we talk to a lot of people about what they want in their careers. It seems that many people--especially the young people we talk to--tell us that they're pretty happy doing what they're doing right now, but that eventually, they want to do their own thing. They want to own their own businesses. After all, that's the American Dream, right? Everybody wants to own his or her own business? Aren't entrepreneurs the kind of people who are most celebrated in our culture, these days, corporate or otherwise?
Education & Careers

AAA President-Elect: Accounting is Sexy Again

Jane Mutchler is bullish on accounting, and sees a bright silver lining on the corporate scandals of the last couple of years.
Education & Careers

Ten Preconditions To Personal Development

Reprinted with Permission from "The Goals Guy". Intellectual Curiosity - A passion to understand the changing forces swirling around you, an eagerness to learn them faster, and a recognition that learning is an unending journey. Humility - A pervasive acknowledgement that no one can have all the answers. You must have a willingness to learn from others. Self-Criticism - A logical extension of humility. A constant questioning of conventional wisdom and a keen awareness that success invariably sows the seeds of failure.
Education & Careers

2004 Salary Guide Now Available

Average starting salaries next year for accounting and finance professionals should remain consistent with 2003 levels, according to the just-released 2004 Salary Guide from Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Accountemps. Additionally, experienced accountants who can help businesses improve cash flow and address new reporting requirements will be in demand, research shows.“While salary levels overall will likely remain stable, candidates with highly sought-after skill sets may see modest gains in compensation,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International.
Education & Careers

What Recruits Want to Know

By Phyllis Weiss Haserot With retention issues a significant cause for concern at most firms, it is useful to follow the trends on what job candidates are looking for. What kinds of questions are they more likely than previously to ask? Knowing what's on their minds enables interviewers to prepare responses and to push for reasonable changes that will make the firm more attractive to desirable recruits.
Education & Careers

AARP Survey Finds Most Americans Plan on Working Into 70s

A recent nationwide survey conducted by the AARP of 2,001 workers, between the ages of 50 and 70 years old found that many workers plan to continue working well beyond the customary retirement age of 65.Findings reveal that most workers still adhere to the traditional image of retirement, such as spending more time with loved ones and receiving pension and Social Security benefits. It was also uncovered that the majority of respondents said that their personal definition of retirement includes some form of work.
Practice

Overcoming Attendance Problems: Free Report

"Overcoming Attendance Problems" shines the legal spotlight on mistakes managers can make - and how to avoid them - when dealing with absenteeism and tardiness problems, especially regarding Family and Medical Leave Act and Workers' Comp requirements, along with pitfalls that exist when absenteeism decisions bump up against other anti-discrimination laws.Every time an employee takes an unexpected day off, it not only disrupts your company's schedule, it also wastes company cash.Plus, you have to deal with complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave
Technology

AccountingWEB Find: Employment Screening Resource

Employment Screening Resource, is like having your own in-house screening specialists. ESR specializes in background screenings and is a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) and Human Resources consulting firm providing pre-employment screening reports to Employers, Human Resources and Security departments. ESR combines human resources, public records and legal expertise in providing your company with fast, accurate and cost-effective employment pre-screening. Employers have become painfully aware of the tremendous consequences of bad hiring decisions.
Education & Careers

The 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers List 2003

Working Mother Magazine has announced the 2003 Best Companies for Working Mothers. The accounting industry is not listed in the top ten, but Accenture, E & Y, Deloitte & Touche LLP, KPMG LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers all made the Top 100 list. Finance and drug firms lead the top ten list of Working Mother's 2003 survey.This year, Working Mother gave particular weight to three issues: flexible scheduling, advancement of women and child-care options. All the companies in the top 100 list offer flextime.
Practice Management

Changing Attitudes on Firm Flexibility

By Phyllis Weiss Haserot and Holly EnglishDespite the desire by many professionals at some time in their careers to have more flexibility in their working arrangements, particularly now that technology makes it so much easier, decision makers and even the candidates for flexibility themselves resist such arrangements.The deterrents to faster progress are perceived fears and uncalculated costs and benefits.
A&A

Resource: Free Management and Operations Reports

Now it's easy to get the free special reports that have been used by over 100,000 managers all across the United States to improve their operations and stay on the right side of employment law. Below are just a few free downloadable reports you may access from Alexander Hamilton Institute, Inc. (AHI).
Education & Careers

Growing Trend: Companies Institute Chief Governance Officer Position

As companies struggle to comply with new rules and regulations stemming from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and regulatory bodies, a trend toward employing Chief Governance Officers is emerging. It is estimated that about 60 publicly traded companies now employ CGOs, charged with ensuring the company is complying with an ever growing list of new requirements. Robert Lamm, Computer Associates International’s new director of corporate governance, told Investors Business Daily that in the two weeks it took him to drive up the East Coast to start his new job, there was a whole set of new
Education & Careers

James B. McGuire Takes Over Helm of Centerprise

Former BearingPoint Executive Vice President James B. McGuire has been named the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Centerprise Advisors, Inc. Mr. McGuire replaces Rick Stein, who had been serving as interim CEO since August 2002, and Robert Basten, Centerprise founder, who stepped down from the CEO position in August 2002 after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.Prior to his position with BearingPoint, Mr. McGuire was Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman for U.S.
Practice Management

How to Use Referrals

Reprinted with Permission from By Kerry L. Johnson, Ph.D. It's Carl's sixteenth cold call. He's had fifteen rejections in a row. "There must be a better way," he says to himself. "I might as well be calling right out of the telephone book." As he dials, his secret hope is that he'll get either a busy signal or no answer. He wonders if there's a job that doesn't create so much emotional distress. There has to be a better way!If you're still making cold calls to get business, you undoubtedly don't enjoy it. There is a better way. Learn how to use referrals.
Community News

Better Client Service With Better People

Service is about adding great people to implement "ideas". We experience service at three levels. Unfortunately, the most common level of service is indifferent service. Service providers not looking at you, not listening to you and not caring about you exemplify indifference. In America, this level of service is too often the norm. The lowest form of service is actual rudeness. At the peak level of service, a client feels welcome. What can you do to improve the level of service in your firm? Here are a few tips:Show concern to everyone you encounter.
Education & Careers

Finance Professionals See Pay Increases, Survey Says

With accountants increasingly under the microscope in the wake of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other reforms, it appears that the finance professionals implementing the reforms are cashing in.The Association for Finance Professionals (AFP) recently released the results of a new survey looking into compensation of accountants and finance professionals.
Education & Careers

Good News For Students From The IRS

IRS Press Release - Sept. 2, 2003 Worried about the rising cost of tuition? Well, the IRS has good news for students that may provide you with a little extra money while you're in school and even after graduation.Students are entitled to as much as $5,250 in employer-provided educational assistance -- tax free! This tax benefit applies to both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.Some people may deduct up to $3,000 of qualified higher education expenses, even if they don't itemize deductions on Form 1040, Schedule A.
Education & Careers

Small Increase in Accounting Hires Predicted For 4th Quarter

At a time when any sign of economic recovery is welcome, the slight increase in expected fourth quarter hiring of accounting and finance officials made news this week.Robert Half International Inc. commissioned the survey of 1,400 chief financial officers in companies with 20 or more employees. The survey found that, nationwide, 8 percent expect to add staff in the final three months of the year and 7 percent plan to make cuts. This net 1 percent gain is better than the equal split Robert Half predicted for the third quarter.
Education & Careers

Regain Your Job Search Optimism With Three Easy Steps

If you’ve been in a job search for more than a few months, you already know that one of the greatest challenges is maintaining a positive attitude. Without it, going through the motions can feel as demotivating as running a race in lead boots. You begin to think "What’s the use?

How to Keep Dishonest Employees Off Your Payroll

Re-published with permission from White-Collar Crime Fighter, www.wccfighter.com.The fact that a person has been convicted of fraud does not mean that he or she will commit fraud in the future. Nor is a perfectly clean record any guarantee of future honesty. The good news: There are warning signs in a job candidate's background which often indicate the probability of dishonest behavior. You can uncover these signs by:Deciding in advance what elements in a candidate's background would rule out hiring him or her.

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