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Practice Management Tip: Use the 'F' Word for Meetings

How effective are meetings within your own office? If you're like most of today's dynamic firms, you are constantly interrupted by telephones, visitors and other nuisances that consistently get in the way.But how do you make meetings energetic outside the four walls of the office?It's time to use the 'F' word when it comes to company meetings or retreats ... that's 'F' for 'FUN,' of course! Meetings can be dull as dirt, unless you use your noggin' to come up with something creative, energizing and most of all, FUN! Creativity can do wonders.
Community News

Become an Online Mentor for an HOUR!

AccountingWEB is committed to bringing accounting students across the country together with mentors from all areas of the accounting community. Do you remember when you were hungry for the chance to learn from someone firsthand? Do you recall your college recruiting experiences? Here's your chance to make a difference. AccountingWEB is looking for individuals to provide a 1-hour on-line workshop on the AccountingWEB site.

How to Make Employee Suggestions Count

An important aspect of initiative that any employee can put into practice is making suggestions. Here are some tips on how to maximize effectiveness in making suggestions at work: Start in your own area. You can make the best impact in the area you know best. In your current job, look for ways to save money, improve service, or streamline processes. Experiment as necessary to test your ideas. Have a plan for implementation. Suggestions can sound like complaints if there is no plan for their implementation.

Low Cost Ways of Enriching Employee Experiences

Employees want to truly feel that they are a part of the bottom line.An article on Inc.com, provided by Bob Nelson of Nelson Motivation Inc., tells employers to consider the power of the five I's. 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 boring, repetitive tasks, everyone should have at least a part of their job be of high interest to them. Information.

Increase Revenues With HR Consulting Practice

With low unemployment and a shortage of qualified workers, one of the new, hot trends is to provide consulting services in human resources, either by advising clients on hiring practices or even in the recruiting function.

Hiring Pitfalls: How to Avoid Them

How many times have you taken a candidate at face value trusting that they will be who they say they are? Have you been impressed with the image a recruit puts forth in an interview only to have them morph into a completely different person two months into the job? Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re looking for new employees.Don’t rush to fill a position. While you may need that person immediately, don’t let your need to get someone cracking on that billable time override your good judgment. Be particular.

Long-Term Employee Retention

Hiring the right candidate might seem to be your firms top priority --but not when you look at the facts, keeping those candidates long-term should be and is the priority.Your firm can invest time, effort and valuable resources enticing the right candidates.
Technology

Intacct Partnership Helps Automate Time & Billing

Beginning in November, companies can more easily keep track of personnel expenses incurred and hours worked thanks to a new partnership between Intacct and OpenAir.com.The new system brings the best of both vendors to a client's employee base by putting more tasks into their hands rather than placing the administrative burden on the human resources department or similar environment.

Solicitations at Work Could be Uncomfortable

It happens all the time. Someone's son or daughter is selling fruitcakes, cookies or some other edible to raise money for a school project or organization program. Most of us feel obligated to buy something, but why can't we say 'no?'While charity in the workplace is on the decline--as much as a 12 percent drop over the last 10 years--solicitations at work actually are on the rise.
Practice

Moms in Demand: Multi-Tasking is <FONT color="red">HOT</FONT>!

Who would have thought that mothers who stay home raising their family would be considered a red hot commodity? Trend or not, more and more companies, especially small businesses, are finding that moms who go back to work are excellent producers, thanks to their ability to multi-task.The other benefit in recruiting moms is loyalty. Companies are finding that if working moms have to leave the office to pick up the children for one reason or another, the employee is very much likely to more than make up for her time off.Take a look at the statistics.
A&A

Find out What You're Worth ($) at new Web site

How much should you get paid? Is the guy or gal in the next office making more than you are?Anyone can achieve leverage by discovering what they're really worth, and a new Web site called Salary.com makes the process a snap.

Recruiting For Your Bottom Line

"Recruiting For Your Bottom Line: How Recruiting is just as much about Marketing as it is about Human Resources," was the workshop presented Tuesday by Tina Kersen Ferguson, marketing/human resources consultant with the one80group from Dallas, Texas.Key points in the workshop included:The myth of 'the interview'Why your team has all the recruiting answers you needWhy a bad recruiting decision can be a blessing in disguiseHow your web site can recruit 24 hours a dayWhat you c

Labor Market 2000: Prospects Good; Worker Shortage Looms

The economy looks good, albeit a continuous labor shortage, according to the Economic Policy Foundation's annual report on the state of the economy.The labor shortage may be as many as 5 million workers short, according to the report, 'Workplace Policy for the New Economy,' unless employment policies change industry-wide.

Employee Contentment: How Far is Too Far?

In today’s booming economy the job market is good. No, actually, it’s fantastic and employees know it. With this newly found power has come a backlash against the downsizing of the 80s and 90s that many large companies periodically went through. Now, employers are not only trying to attract staff, but also attempting to find new and creative ways of keeping staff. Often, it comes down to money and some small companies simply can’t afford to keep throwing it at employees in an effort to keep them around.

Phased-In Retirement Bill a Workable Solution?

The proposed Phased Retirement Liberalization (PRL) Act may be just what the worker ordered should it actually be enacted into law.This bill is intended to offer phased-in retirement options, enabling companies to keep experienced employees for a longer period of time to help ease the shortage in the labor pool.In short, the bill allows companies to distribute pension benefits to eligible employees even if those employees are still working for the company.

First Impressions Set the Tone in an Interview

Anyone who has been or will be in an interview needs to recognize an important fact: first impressions truly make a difference.Someone who looks good on paper, or who speaks well on the phone, may sound like the right candidate, but a face to face meeting may prove otherwise. In person, non-verbal communications play a big part in analyzing character and even ability. Although knowledge and skills are key elements in hiring decisions, a person who does not make a good impression in person may well be passed over for a job.

Boss Needs to Share Vision with Staff

As the boss, you probably know exactly where the company is going and where it is in reaching these goals. It’s important to let employees in on this. Unfortunately, employers sometimes assume that the staff knows exactly what upper management is thinking and that’s not always the case. It’s especially important to share how the company is faring when employees see an increase in workload but are unsure as to why this is occurring.Never be afraid to get personal about your convictions. In fact, most employees will appreciate knowing how you feel.

HR Consultancy Goes Online With Investment Services

The ability to surf the Internet and handle day-in, day-out tasks associated with the human resources function is getting hotter and hotter. Now, Hewitt Associates has tapped into the power of the Web to provide defined contribution services for more than 4.3 million employees and clients by partnering with Business Logic.Business Logic created 'AccountLink,' a system that enables anyone with investments administered by Hewitt to obtain investment balances on a 24/7 basis.
Technology

Dow Fires 40 in E-Mail Violations

Dow has announced plans to fire 40 employees for sending inappropriate e-mail messages in the workplace. Offensive messages range from off-color jokes to nude pictures to violently explicit material.Union officials claim Dow's search of 6,000 e-mail accounts in response to one complaint about offensive e-mail is nothing more than a "witch hunt" and an opportunity to fire people.Last month, Dow fired 50 employees and disciplined 200 for e-mail violations.
Community News

Business Casual: What exactly IS It?

Most companies like the idea of casual Friday. If you’re an employer you can help boost morale by offering your staff the opportunity to dress down one day of the week. In fact, more and more companies are offering the opportunity to dress casual for the entire week. However, this can leave people confused as to what is appropriate dress and what isn’t. A particularly difficult challenge in discerning what’s appropriate casual wear and what’s not resides among women, especially those making the switch from college to the corporate world.

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