Human Resources

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Human Resources Projections for 2001

What’s ahead for HR and our workplaces? What will be our greatest challenges? Successes? What will leaders need to deal with in this new year and beyond?Hr.com and Worklife Design have compiled a list of projections for the coming year in the Human Resources arena. These issues are outlined below. The pace of change will increase. The World Future Society projects there will be more change in the next ten years than there has been in the past 200 years!Technology will expand the fastest. As long as we can find a phone line we can be connected to anybody, anywhere.
Education & Careers

Telecommuting and the New Workplace - DOL Overview

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a paper on the impact of telecommuting in the U.S. The paper, called "Telework and the New Workplace in the 21st Century," presents the work of scholars, economists, social scientists and others who were present at a symposium conducted by the DOL last October. The paper outlines three issues of telecommuting. They include telework's potential to help employers address the skills-shortage, its potential to help workers meet family obligations, and its potential to help society achieve greater workplace diversity.

FMLA - Balancing the Needs of Families and Employers

A recent Department of Labor report released January 9th, 2001, assessed the overall effectiveness of the FMLA in “meeting the needs of employees without imposing undue burden on employers”.
Education & Careers

Women Accountants Continue Advancement to Management Ranks

Women made up nearly 60 percent of the accountant and auditor workforce in 1999 according to the Department of Labor. The AICPA did its own research and found that women now earn more than half of all undergraduate degrees in accounting. A survey conducted by RHI Management Resources, found that 43 percent of CFOs polled said the number of management-level positions held by female accountants in their firms has increased over the past five years.
Community News

A New Era of Accountability-Winning the Talent War for Women

A few years ago, Deloitte & Touche took a good hard look at its efforts to retain and advance talented women professionals. They were recruiting nearly as many women as men, but they experienced a much higher turnover rate for women. They realized that many of the women left due to a lack of advancement opportunities in the male-dominated environment. The firm decided to hold an intensive workshop for over 5,000 of its U.S. managers to discuss the subtle gender-based assumptions many of the women experienced.
Technology

PCPS 2000 Member Survey - Top MAP Issues

Partnering for CPA Practice Success (PCPS) has just received the results from its 2000 Member Survey. The survey was distributed to the full PCPS membership — about 6,500 firms.The goal of the survey was to gather information about management and practice issues facing firms in the profession.
Education & Careers

A Student's Guide to the Accounting Profession!

They call accountants bean counters, but while you have to be good at math to be an accountant, counting is only the means to a more important end: ensuring that financial information is truthful. An accountant's work can range from an audit, which is a formal analysis of an organization's financial statements, to the day-to-day reckonings of a bookkeeper making sure a small business pays its suppliers and gets paid by its customers.

What's old is new Again: Senior Execs in High Demand!

If you wait long enough, that narrow tie or a longer-than-average skirt will come back into style. The same adage holds true in business, where some key executives are finding now that the dot.com heat has cooled and experience is once more in demand.Fortunately, for the seasoned executive, s(he) didn't have to wait very long."The profile of the most desirable CEO looks dramatically different today than it did nine months ago," says Scott R. Gordon, managing director of Internet recruiting at search firm Spencer Stuart.

Great Workplaces Have These Things in Common

What do you enjoy most about your job? At one time or another, we have all had a chance to think about our work and what we like and don't like.Thanks to the Indianapolis IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) and the Gallup Organization, here is a list of what differentiates great work groups from the pack.

Microsoft Sued by Employees Over Racial Bias

According to a story from The Wall Street Journal, seven current and former African-American employees have sued Microsoft over alleged racial discrimination. The amount of the class-action lawsuit that covers many more employees than just these seven is $5 billion.A hostile workplace added to discrimination with performance reviews, pay and promotions, according to the plaintiff's attorneys. Wrongful termination of African-American employees also is alleged.Microsoft has denied any wrongdoing thus far.

Offbeat Benefits Stand Test of Time

Despite heavy competition for talent, relatively few employers sponsor offbeat workplace perks, according to a national survey by Oxford Health Plans.Still, while the most non-traditional benefits are still shy of the mainstream, most employees take advantage of unusual benefits when given the chance. The survey found, for example, that only 18 percent of workplaces offer health club memberships. A recent poll sponsored by BenefitNews.com revealed a slightly more generous trend, with 25 percent of respondents affirming that their benefit plan covers health club memberships.

Why Bother to go on Vacation at all?

Did you take a vacation over the holiday season, only to find yourself more stressed and overworked than you would have been if you had not left at all?You're not alone - according to American Express Small Business Services, only 28 percent of small business owners surveyed said they completely put business out of their minds while on vacation. And, 38 percent of those who do go on vacation bring along cell phones to make sure they can be reached.

Do you Seek CPE on Personal or Company Time?

When do you find time to take your required continuing professional education (CPE) - on personal or company time?If you're not in a large firm or business that offers in-house training, obtaining the proper training can be somewhat difficult in today's rush-rush environment.However, according to Kelly Services, women who work in finance and accounting are more likely than their male counterparts to seek CPE on their own time versus company time.Thirty-six percent of males use personal time for training, compared to 40 percent of women, while

New Jobs on the Horizon for Accounting Professionals

Results of a national poll of 1,400 CFOs from companies with 20 or more employees, show that 12 percent of CFOs anticipate hiring accounting and financial professionals in the first quarter of 2001.The poll, conducted by Robert Half International, revealed that the strongest hiring activity is expected in the Mountain states where 19 percent of CFOs plan to add accounting and finance personnel.
A&A

Human Resources IT Roadmap

Small-business owners and human resources managers who are shopping for information technology usually don't have the luxury of corporate-size budgets. But they still need software and systems powerful enough to handle today's complex HR demands and able to grow with their company's needs.For a growing number of businesses with one to 100 employees, the answer lies with application service providers (ASPs) and their Web-hosted business tools.

OSHA - Is Your Firm Ergonomically Ready?

OSHA's new rules, which go into effect 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. Full enforcement of these regulations, following a nine-month grace period, begins October 15, 2001. The estimated total cost to businesses has ranged from OSHA's projection of $4.5 billion a year to industry figures of $125 billion a year.

Uninsured Workers Number 42 Million

Although the number of uninsured workers decreased 1.7 million between 1998 and 1999, a new study from the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA) indicates that the economy could push the number of uninsured to 61 million by 2009. Employers should be concerned about these numbers because of the fact that health insurance coverage affects recruitment and retention.
Technology

HR Law Index - Website for Small to Medium Sized Businesses

Everyone turns to the Internet as a link to a fundamental source of information. However, there is so much information out there that it is very easy to get lost amidst the endless pages of information. A site dedicated to helping small to medium sized business with Human Resources issues has arrived. HR Law Index is promoted as a clearinghouse Website exclusively devoted to workplace legal information.

The Bottom Line on Gift-Giving at the Office

There aren't any written rules on whether to give gifts to the boss, co-workers or anyone else for that matter in the workplace, and at this time of the year, giving and receiving, alike, can be extremely stressful.So here are some guidelines: What is most appropriate and how should gift-giving be approached? According to a consulting firm called Eticon, common sense is the best approach, mixed with some thoughts before actions.First, the boss. The advice provided by Eticon is to evaluate how closely you work with your boss. Overly extravagant or costly gifts aren't necessary.
Technology

Need Last Minute CPE? Let AccountingWEB Help You!

Are you scrambling to get all your needed CPE hours before 2000 ends? Check out these inexpensive on-line CPE resources. If you need assistance or have questions about CPE requirements and more, check out the AccountingWEB CPE Page. On-line training is booming in corporate America. On-line CPE costs less, and is increasingly becoming more sophisticated. There are plenty of companies providing on-line training that is cost effective and interactive at the same time.

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