Human Resources

Survey - Seven Major Complaints From Employees

These seven major employee complaints can be successfully addressed. To do so, however, requires a proactive approach and senior management involvement. The Employee FOURF-earful - about losing their jobs; O-verworked - due to the large number of cutbacks that have taken place; U-nappreciated - for the hard work and stress that they are enduring; and R-esentful - about the lack of respect they are receiving. Seven Major Complaints  
Practice Management

Improve Profitability Through Efficient Scheduling

This article written by Steven T. Erickson CPA, CVA Consultant-Advisor to Professional Service Firms.In these days of personnel shortages, high labor costs and the resulting price-cost squeeze, you might want to take some of your own good advice to maximize the profitability of your firm.Gross revenue measures (realization percentage, billed rate per hour, etc.) are not the most useful tools to manage your practice when rapidly escalating personnel costs can’t be passed on to the client.

Job Sharing - The Latest Benefit In the Workplace?

By Sarah Werley, Careerbank.com Over the last few years, the workplace landscape has changed. New philosophies and new benefits make employment a whole new ballgame for professionals such as you. Flextime, telecommuting, on-site childcare…the list goes on of evolving on-the-job programs. The latest trend? Job Sharing. It's a relatively new idea that seems to be catching on quickly, especially among working parents and students.
Practice Management

Generation X Study Offers New Answers to Old Questions

Big Five firm Ernst & Young and General Electric teamed up to sponsor a study of the thoughts and ideals of Generation X professionals in the workplace.
A&A

BusinessLaw.gov Offers Small Business a Hand

BusinessLaw.gov, an online resource designed to provide legal and regulatory information to America's small businesses has a wealth of information. Topics on the Web site range from the most basic and crucial, such as choosing a business structure or hiring a lawyer, to highly specialized issues such as e-commerce and exporting. The site also acts as a gateway to federal, state and local information that affects small businesses. From the site, business owners may quickly check zoning codes for their local area, or file a complaint with the Office of the National Ombudsman.
Community News

Free Report: Employment Issues in National Emergencies

HRnext.com, a Web site that features articles and resources about human resources, in association with a leading employment law firm, has produced a Special Report, which is available for FREE.
Education & Careers

2002 Accountants Salary Guide Released

Robert Half and Accountemps have released their new 2002 Salary Guide, designed to provide comprehensive data on average starting salaries for accounting and finance professionals.Salary ranges for 2002 are based on actual starting compensation in 2001. the information in the guide is derived from the job searches, negotiations, and placements conducted by Robert Half International's U.S. offices.Salaries projected in the guide reflect salaries at the time of hire and exclude bonuses and other factors that may be included in a starting compensation package.
Community News

KPMG Consulting Gets High Marks from Georgia Teachers

KPMG Consulting has been awarded a $22.5 million contract to set up a software system to administer the pension fund of the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRSGA).The group chose KPMG Consulting because of the "extensive experience with the public retirement systems and large-scale systems integration projects" of the firm's National Retirement Practice.TRSGA serves approximately 250,000 members and manages $38 billion in pension funds.

The Hidden Job Market - Where to Go

85% of all jobs are never advertised! 85%, according to the Department of Labor. The help wanted ads only cover 10% of all jobs currently available. This means that many great jobs require more effort to find them. Effective job hunting demands a proactive approach where you track down potential openings and actively follow up on all leads. Too often job hunters simply don't know where else to look after they finish with Sunday's paper. Here are some good avenues to pursue. Go to the library. Conduct some market research to analyze where the best opportunities lie for you.
Community News

Andersen Announces Mandatory Vacation Policy

Andersen employees will be celebrating the holiday season at home this year due to a new mandatory vacation policy.Big Five firm Andersen has announced that, except for skeleton crews, all offices in the U.S. and Canada will be closed from December 24 through January 1, and employees will be required to use up personal vacation time for the forced holiday hiatus.An Andersen spokeswoman confirmed that this policy is to apply to all staff except those with "pressing client needs" that occur during the time the offices will be officially closed.
Tax

Employers Should Inform Staff of Tax Break

The IRS has released Announcement 2001-106, Tax Saver's Credit for Contributions by Individuals to Employer Retirement Plans and IRAs, in which the new Tax Saver's credit is explained. The IRS is encouraging all employers to inform employees now of this new tax saving procedure which becomes effective January 1, 2002.
A&A

When Reservists are Called to Duty – What Your Company Should Know

In light of the September 11 terrorist attacks, businesses around the country may find themselves having to adjust frequently as reservists are called upon to serve their county. Two issues that companies may face when their employees are called upon, is how to replace them or handle their immediate responsibilities. A second issue is what to do about salary and benefits – should you as a company continue paying reservists or guard members or provide their families with health insurance?

PwC Among Top 10 Firms for Working Mothers

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has retained its Top 10 position on the annual "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" list, published by Working Mother magazine, ranking sixth in the nation.

Empower Your Employees; Benefit Your Organization

Self-Service Human Resources: Empower Your Employees; Benefit Your Organization By Jim GreenhausBusiness owners and human resource professionals alike have turned to the Internet to administer employee benefits programs more productively, decreasing paperwork while increasing efficiency and accuracy.

Survey Finds Workplaces Will Change After Sept. 11

In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, nearly 6,000 human resources professionals were surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management to discover their reactions to workplace changes that might occur in the future.Organizations will heighten security in the future, according to 56 percent of those surveyed, and 47 percent feel certain there will be higher expectations of employers to provide security, while 23 percent expect an increase in up-front screening of potential employees.
Education & Careers

Active Job Seekers = Successful Job Seekers

Why it makes sense to do more than just send out your resume and wait for your next opportunity!By Sarah Werley There are two types of job seekers in the employment world, and a year ago both were pretty successful. But today, as the job market shrinks and competition for a good position gets tough, only one of those types is going to continue to be successful. Type A is the passive job seeker, who sends out a few resumes and may post their resume online. They then sit back and wait for the employers to come to them.

Trend: Medical Benefits Provided to Non-Marital Partners

In spite of tax rules that do not permit pre-tax earnings to be diverted to medical benefits for anyone other than the taxpayer, a spouse, or a dependent child, Gannett, the nation's largest newspaper publisher, has announced a plan whereby employees will be eligible to acquire health benefits for unmarried domestic partners of the same sex as well as partners of the opposite sex.The health insurance benefits paid for unmarried partners will not qualify for the p
Practice Management

Trend: Firms Ban Use of Hand-Held Phones in Vehicles

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against a Washington, D.C. law firm after one of the firm's lawyers hit and killed a pedestrian while driving and talking on a cell phone.A broker for Salomon Smith Barney ran a red light and killed a motorcyclist while trying to retrieve a dropped cell phone. The firm settled a lawsuit related to the matter for $500,000."The recent lawsuit focused our attention," said David Fuss, partner at Washington, D.C. law firm Wilkes Artis.
Practice Management

Guide to The Management of The Professional Services Firm

Many professional service firms measure their performance based primarily on financial measurements, such as the total number of hours billed, revenue generated per partner or net income per partner. But there are at least three other worthwhile ways in which to measure firm performance, besides the commonly-used, financial perspective. These other methods are: The Client Perspective: "How do our customers see us?" For instance, if a CPA firm says it is concerned about meeting the clients' needs, it should be measuring key indicators relating to the client.

Ten Amazing Statistics On The Changing World Of Work

Current economic times are leading to a variety of challenges for employers. From the shrinking labor force, to retention, to the "free agent" mentality, the world of work is changing fast and furiously. "As we work in the trenches helping companies plan for and manage the talent they will need to compete, the myriad issues facing today's employers is virtually unparalleled," says Caela Farren, CEO of MasteryWorks.

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