Human Resources

A&A

Free Report - News And Views Abound on 401(k)s

With recent cost-of-living adjustments released by the IRS, and the approval of legislation such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOA), 401(k) plans are poised to once again become a red-hot employee benefit. Employers can be prepared when that happens by downloading a new free report posted on AHI’s BenefitsAlert.com.
A&A

Legal And Practical Suggestions For Bonuses, Perks, And Other Benefits

With the holiday season in full swing, employers are looking for ideas and methods to reward their hard-working employees with bonuses and perks that will not eat away at their bottom line. AHI’s latest free report can assist by giving suggestions that will keep employees happy while keeping a company’s wallet from being depleted.
Tax

'Tis the Season For Job Hunting - Prepare For Tax Season

By Robert G. Epstein, President and CEO of CareerBank.com The holiday season brings job opportunities as companies prepare for Tax Season. As winter begins, thoughts of holidays and shopping replace job hunting in the minds of most job seekers. This can be a mistake.The interval between Thanksgiving and Christmas is when many retailers earn most of their annual revenue. What many people don't realize is that, just like the retail industry, public accounting has a seasonal nature.
Practice

Improving The Workplace - People Problems Perplex Supervisors

By, Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D.THE PROBLEMResearch shows that supervisors do a much better job of handling job-related problems than they do handling people-related problems. One of two employees believes that their immediate supervisor does a poor job of solving problems such as motivational, emotional, and personal issues.Here are some reasons why: 
A&A

Corporate Holiday Gift Etiquette

This "most wonderful time of the year" can be most stressful for those who give or receive gifts in the workplace. Here are eight simple guidelines to help everyone navigate corporate gift giving and receiving etiquette.Compliments of Pleaseandthankyou.comAlways Ask Before GivingEnquire about the company’s gifting policy. Many corporations do not allow their employees to receive a gift of any sort…while others have set guidelines on the value or type of gift.
Practice Management

Actions speak louder than words: Workers say temp work is best indicator of job potential

How can job candidates convince the hiring manager they're an ideal match for the position? Survey results indicate that working on a temporary basis is a good start. Nearly half (46 percent) of workers polled said performance on a temporary or trial assignment provides the best insight into whether someone is qualified for a job, followed by the interview (30 percent) and the reference check (12 percent).The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals.
Practice

Why Do Leaders Fail?

By GrowthWorks, Inc.Why do leaders fail? If anything universal can be learned for an examination of why high-profile CEO's fall from the pinnacles of corporate America, poor execution and people problems are the main reasons. According to a study reported in Fortune magazine, it's rarely a lack of intelligence or vision, as many might expect, that dooms top corporate executives. "It's bad execution.
Tax

Deemed IRAs Provide New Retirement Saving Opportunity

Beginning January 1, 2003, employees will have a new saving option for retirement. The deemed IRA, created by the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, allows employees to contribute to IRA accounts as part of their overall investment in qualified employer plans, including 401(a), 401(k), ESOP, 403(a), 403(b), and 457(b) plans.Plan sponsors welcome the new rules because more investment money will be added to the qualified plan pool. The deemed IRA rules allow for commingling of deemed IRA and qualified plan monies.
Education & Careers

How You Can Overcome Career Boredom

If you've done the same tasks at the same job for a long time, you've probably experienced job burnout. If you're lucky, it occurs infrequently and can be alleviated by a favorite hobby or pastime. However, for many people, career boredom strikes more frequently and lasts longer. What's going on here?Psychologists tell us that the human brain needs constant and ever-changing stimulation. Now don't get me wrong, the human brain learns by repetition.
Community News

Deloitte Releases Annual 401(k) Benchmarking Survey

Big Four firm Deloitte & Touche has released its 2002 Annual 401(k) Benchmarking Survey which provides insight into trends in 401(k) plan management across industry lines. For the survey, 823 companies responded to a questionnaire. The average company size in the survey is estimated to have between 5,000 and 6,000 employees.
Practice Management

Managing Through Change

By, Robert Half Management ServicesIn the business world, a company's survival depends on its ability to keep evolving. The most successful firms understand they must continually adapt to changing circumstances and find new ways to satisfy their customers. But change is rarely something that's easy for organizations or individuals. Your ability to manage a variety of business transformations, from mergers and acquisitions to downsizings and new leadership, is critical to long-term prosperity.

Networking Faux Pas in Today's Competitive Market

Working a room can uncover hidden job opportunities at the executive level, as long as professionals avoid some common networking errors. Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources, points out that networking mistakes are easy to make, especially for those who are out of practice."Failing to keep an active network can hinder your employment prospects if you suddenly find yourself in the job market with no contacts or references," McDonald said.

Six Steps to Positive Confrontation at Work

By, Barbara PachterYour boss yells at you in front of your co-workers. Your co-worker is not doing her fair share on the team project. Your employee is chronically late. What can you do about these and countless other annoying, bothersome, or even intolerable situations at work?"The American workplace can seem full of conflict," says business communications trainer Barbara Pachter. "For the employee, this conflict translates into added work stress and dissatisfaction.

Cost of Absenteeism on the Rise According to Survey

A recent Commerce Clearing House survey found that the cost of absenteeism in the workplace is on the rise, and that nearly two thirds of days claimed as sick days are being used for personal or family-related reasons.CCH interviewed 333 human resources executives and discovered that companies are spending as much as $789 per employee per year to cover the cost of absenteeism. Employers use a variety of methods for combating abuse of sick pay programs.
Tax

Taxpayers Should Check, Revise Withholding Before Year-End

The odds of your withholding exactly matching the amount of tax computed on your tax return are extremely slim. Unless your taxable income can be determined in advance, to the dollar, and your withholding calculated to coincide with the amount of tax due, or unless you are a citizen whose income is low enough that you pay no taxes, chances are you will either owe tax or be entitled to a refund when the annual income tax returns are filed in April. For most taxpayers, tax time brings a refund. Last year, more than 90 million taxpayers received refunds.

Resume Fraud More Common Than You Think

By, Acsys, Inc.How many times have you received a resume from a potential employee and said to yourself, "This person is a perfect fit!" Sounds too good to be true? Probably because it is. According to Edward Adler, resume detective, and author of the book "The Complete Reference Checking Handbook", as many as one-third of all resume writers exaggerate their accomplishments, while up to 10 percent "seriously misrepresent" their background or work histories. In some fields, like sales, the numbers are even higher.

Positioning Yourself in The Current Accounting/Finance Marketplace

By, Dom Vacca, Acsys Inc. Unquestionably, the labor market conditions that we find ourselves in are less than optimal. However, history tells us that the pendulum continues to swing and the good times will return. We just don’t know precisely when that will be.Like other aspects of our lives, we have no choice but to respond to the situation with which we are faced. We can moan and groan about the ‘soft’ market -- but that accomplishes nothing. So, in the meantime, how can we best deal with the realities of the marketplace?

Transferable Skills - Use Them To Your Advantage

By, By Beth Jackson It seems like every job posting comes with an extensive wish list of required skills. Sometimes it's difficult to judge whether you're qualified for a position or not. Luckily, there are some skills that are necessary no matter what you do. These are known as transferable skills, and it's important to know what they are and use them to your advantage. CommunicationNo matter what position you are seeking, communication is crucial.

How to Handle Difficult People

A bully at your work is difficult for you to face. He is demanding you do part of his job without pay or credit. How do you handle it? Your neighbors are constantly fighting. They wake you up in the middle of the night with their screams and curses. What do you say to them?Your father is unhappy about your career choice. He constantly criticizes your work and points out what he thinks you should do. How do you deal with him?Difficult situations are part of everyone’s life. Employers and employees can’t get along. Partners clash over money.

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