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PwC Faces More Staff Cuts, Restructures Workforce

Not long after announcing cuts of approximately 1,000 members of the consultancy staff at U.S. PwC locations, the firm is back in the news with more pink slips. This time, it's the back office functions - mailroom and clerical jobs - that are being reduced.The work required of these positions is not being cut, but the people remaining on the jobs will have consolidated responsibilities.
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Cost-of-Quality Auditing For Your Firm

Have you ever wondered how much it is costing your firm when work is not done correctly the first time and has to be redone? Cost-of-quality auditing, or more specifically, cost-of-poor-quality auditing, answers this question.
Technology

Monster.com Provides Recruiting Tools for Deloitte & Touche

Monster.com, the leading global online careers site announced that it will provide an innovative package of online recruiting tools and solutions for Big Five professional services firm Deloitte & Touche LLP.
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CPE Update - Changing With the Profession

The accounting profession has had a long-standing dedication to lifelong learning. The form and substance of CPE have changed considerably over the past 30 years. To keep standards current, the AICPA and NASBA released a joint exposure draft, Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education, last year. Its proposed standards emphasize learning plans that assess a CPA's progress toward individual competency goals.
Technology

Internet Sales Directors are Highest Paid

Looking for a high-paying job? Perhaps you should consider sales. In a recent study sponsored by Ernst & Young, Hale and Door, the nation's preeminent technology law firm, and J.

Wiley CPA Examination Review, 2001

Wiley CPA Examination Review, 2001: Financial Accounting and Reporting, by Patrick R. Delaney and Debra R.
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Succession Planning - Ensuring the Future of Your Firm

Structuring clear concise career paths for new recruits and staff is a powerful tool to ensure longevity and growth within your firm. By designing and incorporating a succession plan, you are investing in the firm's future leadership.

Employers Can Require Arbitration of Employee Disputes

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that companies can insist that workplace disputes go to arbitration rather than to court. The court said that agreements to arbitrate workplace disputes are enforceable even if a requirement to sign an agreement to arbitrate was a condition of being employed. Agreements to arbitrate are a common part of employment contracts.

Benefits 101: What Do Today's Recruits Want?

When contemplating hiring and retention of employees, "people issues" are more important than they were in 1998, according to 80 percent of business leaders interviewed in a study performed by Accenture. Companies that struggle with retention tend to be those that ignore issues such as flexible work schedules, job sharing, telecommuting, short-term assignments, and mentoring programs.

Survey Shows More Women Accountants in Management

A recent survey developed by RHI Management Resources shows 43% of firms surveyed report an increase in the past five years in the number of women accountants who hold management positions.According to the 1,400 CFOs surveyed from a random sample of U.S. companies with more than 20 employees, 15% are showing a significant increase in the number of women accountants who hold management positions, 28% are showing some increase in this number. Additional survey results show that 58% of CFOs expect their company management ranks to continue to add woman accountants in the next five years.
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Low Cost Ways of Enriching Employee Experiences

Every employee wants to feel that he or she is a part of the bottom line in an organization. Below are just a few ideas to help you incorporate this attitude into your firm's culture.Interesting work. No one wants to do the same boring job over and over, day after day. And while any job will always require some repetitive tasks, everyone should have a high level of interest in at least part of the job. Information. Information is power, and employees want to be empowered with the information they need to know to do their jobs better and more effectively.

Ergonomics Rule Killed by The House

Amidst cheers from business owners and jeers from unions, the House joined the Senate in voting down a bill that would have required extensive and expensive changes in the workplace.The ergonomics regulation, which was issued last November and would have taken effect in October, would cover over 100 million workers at more than 6 million work sites, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA estimated the compliance cost at $4.5 billion, far less than many business groups.
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Work/Life Balance Programs - A Success Story

In a recent interview with BusinessWeek.com, Earl Maxwell, managing partner of Maxwell Locke & Ritter, a 47-person accounting and consulting firm, explains how his firm opened its eyes and hearts to a more family friendly environment. When Mr. Maxwell ran into an employee in the halls of his office building who explained to him that her mother was taking her two small children to meet their school teachers for the first time, Mr.
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AccountingWEB's Recommended Research Site-Check it Out!

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Web site provides a wealth of information for students, accounting professionals, and human resources representatives. At this site, you can gather information on a specific industries, occupations, projections for an occupation, or trends for a client’s industry. The site highlights many areas including Career Guides, Inflation and Spending Guides, Employment Projections, Wages by Occupation, and Employment Cost.
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The Significance of New Employee Orientation Programs

We are all aware of the implications of poor hiring decisions. They can cost the company time and money, and they can result in low employee morale. One basic step to ensuring that new hires get off to a positive start is to conduct an effective employee orientation program. Employees who are properly trained and introduced to the company early feel better about their choice of employer and usually fit in more quickly.
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Formalized Flextime? The Perk That Brings Productivity

An informative article by, Workforce.com provided some great ideas on how to incorporate flexible scheduling in your company.In 1997, more than 25 million workers varied their hours to some degree, with staggered start times, compressed workweeks, job sharing, and part-time hours, according to the article “Flexible Schedules and Shift Work: Replacing the 9-to-5 Workday?” by Thomas Beers in the June 2000 issue of Monthly Labor Review. But, he adds, most flexible workers alter their schedules on an informal basis.
Education & Careers

Grads Dress for Success-Tips on Professional Appearance

Once you've graduated and enter into your career of choice, the rules for success are not as straightforward as they were in college. Deciding what to wear will be the first of many important decisions you'll make each day. Why is what you wear so important? Because your clothes are your packaging. The way you look creates the first impression that people will have when they interact with you face-to-face. This is the image they'll keep in their minds when they have subsequent contact with you on the phone or through e-mail.What you wear shows how you rate the events of the day.
Education & Careers

Managing Generation Gaps: Tips for Generation-Xers

As more and more Generation-Xers enter into management positions, companies need to prepare for the inevitable changes, from dress code to working hours.More and more often, these young managers are taking charge of those multi-million dollar projects and even companies, which may rock the boat, so to speak. Below are just a few issues of this trend:Work to live, not live to work - Gen-Xers are very much into measuring performance by output.Pay your dues - Gen-X managers are focused on performance rather than hours worked or tenure.

Take Charge of Overwhelming Projects

You know you need tackle that high-priority project, but you make a few phone calls, you sort through yesterday's mail, and before you know it, it's lunchtime. Even the most focused people tend to put off getting to work on overwhelming projects - maybe because of the size of the project, the complexity, difficulty - or all three. Get a clear picture of the entire project and prepare a step-by-step plan for completing it. When you think about doing something on the project, don't focus on the entire project, instead, focus on a quick five-minute task or a small work session.

OSHA - Updates on Ergonomics Ruling

OSHA's new ergononmic rules, which went into effect on January 16, 2001, cover all U.S. workers not employed in the agriculture, construction, railroad or maritime industries — in other words, 102 million workers in virtually every other line of business, big or small.

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