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Email #1 Way to Reach Accountants

Who could have foreseen what a revolution email would be?A new survey from Accountemps found that an overwhelming 73 percent of CFOs prefer to communicate with accountants by email. Telephone as a preferred media came in at 10 percent, while fax totaled nine percent.Accountemps surveyed 1,400 CFOs from companies with 20 or more employees.

Employee Feedback Provides Immediate Solutions

Remember the old suggestion box? If you're old enough to remember that, then you probably should take a seat and realize that feedback from employees on how you're doing, what they like and dislike about your organization, along with other matters, is paramount in today's workplace.Short, handwritten notes really do the trick. They can be handed in anonymously without fanfare or fear of a loss of credibility.

Creating a Risk Management Program to Minimize Exposure to Employment Discrimination Cases

It is essential for employers to examine their possible exposure to employment discrimination litigation and adopt a program to minimize their exposure to such litigation. We have seen the cost of such litigation skyrocket in recent years as employees have become more aware of their rights. We firmly believe that the best result is the lawsuit that never happens. The elements of a risk management program should include the following:1.

Employees Regularly Observe Illegal Activities

No, these employees aren’t working on the bad side of town looking out the window at a criminal on the street. Corporate workers observe widespread illegal and unethical conduct in the workplace on almost a daily basis. This is just one of the findings of a survey recently conducted by KPMG LLP.The Big 5 firm surveyed more than 2,300 workers for the survey. More than three-fourths of respondents indicated that they observed company or law violations in the previous 12 months.

Free Report Outlines EAP Services

Like so many other areas, the Internet is revolutionizing how employers offer employee assistance programs (EAP). A new booklet called, "Expanding EAP Services Online: 11 Ways to Get the Most Out of Internet Opportunities" is yours free just for the asking.The editors of the Employee Assistance Program Management Letter publish the booklet and offer basic information about an online EAP as well as more advanced administrative features.

Finding IT Profs. Just as Hard for Government

Many CPAs and accounting professionals lament that finding good IT professionals is difficult. The first problem is actually recruiting Mr. and Ms. Gen-X to join the firm, while the second problem rests with getting the IT person to stay for the long haul.One of the most difficult areas in which to find good IT people is the government sector. Even public firms have a better chance of luring the IT professional.
Technology

CompensationCenter.com Launched

Hewitt Associates LLC just launched an online information resource site for compensation professionals. The site, CompensationCenter.com, allows registered visitors to access Hewitt’s survey library and browse an information bank of industry news and trend information. The site also features market pricing capabilities and a variety of compensation tools.For registered participants of Hewitt compensation surveys, the new site will give them easy access to survey results online.
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Back to School for Financial Executives

With more and more demands to find truly unique educational opportunities that fit today's specialized marketplace, some businesses are finding the best solution is in the college classroom.Companies like Austin, TX-based Dell Computers, for example, sought help from the University of Texas at Austin's Graduate School of Business to design a finance-oriented educational program that dealt with issues directly affecting the growth and bottom line of the computer giant.Why?

Ensure Your Insurance is Up to Date

Now that busy season and first quarter filings are out of the way, you should take a look at various areas that could affect the operations of your business or firm ... like insurance.Obviously, you should have a basic liability insurance policy, as well as workers' compensation and disability policies if you have employees at your place of business, or even for yourself.In addition, there are various nuances related to your business that might require additional coverage.
Technology

Four Prominent Consultants Join Forces

Four of the most experienced and knowledgeable consultants in the accounting and financial services industry have joined forces in a collaborative new venture called The Advisory Board.Founding members of The Advisory Board include:L. Gary Boomer, CPA, CEO of Boomer Consulting in Manhattan, Kansas, email: lgboomer@boomer.comAllan D.

Social Security Cap Boosts Aged Workers

When President Clinton signed the legislation last week that lifted the cap on social security earnings for Americans, ages 65-69, he not only provided seniors the ability to continue working, but helped feed the employee-needy small business marketplace.In essence, the cap enables this population to work without jeopardizing their social security benefits.Experts do not yet know how many aged Americans will enter the workforce, but potential workers may do so right away if they choose; legislation was made retroactive to Jan.

Perks For Employees Aim To Free Personal Time

Ernst & Young makes LifeConcierge, a service that offers services such as finding a maid or taking a car into the service station, available to its 7,500 IT consultants. What’s the idea? Well, the Big 5 firm hopes by providing lifestyle “perks” like this, it will give its employees more quality personal time. Ultimately, the perks are designed to keep employees happy and employed at the firm.
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PWC Picks up Huge Nortel Contract

The wave of outsourcing is still a hot commodity, and PricewaterhouseCoopers has capitalized on making outsourcing a key part of its business strategy.This week, Nortel awarded PWC a five-year, $625 million contract to handle the company's business process outsourcing. The international telecommunications giant rationalized the outsourcing process as a way to increase its own productivity by having another entity handle routine business practices.

Sunny Future for Hiring, Says CFOs

The strong economy has truly narrowed the unemployment gap, and nowhere is this happening more so than in the financial marketplace.

Jumping Ship: Why do CPAs Flee?

AccountingWEB has reported several stories over the past few months about the consistent migration of CPAs and accountants from accounting firms to smaller businesses--many of which are dotcoms.Where does all the competition come from?

Free Weekly Pub Provides E-cruiting Aid

E-cruiting Business is the newest information source for busy HR managers. The publisher, Staffing Industry Analysts, Inc. (SIA), believes this publication, which is a both a print and online newsletter, has just what it takes to help HR professionals impact an organization’s bottom line.The monthly print newsletter features weekly e-mail bulletins and combines objective industry analysis with hot news reports.

Four Software Packages That Make CPE Tracking Easy

Tracking annual CPE is another fringe benefit you might want to provide your employees. It doesn’t cost a lot and if you get it systemetized, it won’t take one person too long to handle your whole firm. Accountants love it.
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Illinois Firms Overlook 150-Hour-Rule

Remember the controversy surrounding the 150-hour-requirement several years back when states began implementing the rule to sit for the CPA Exam?In Illinois, when the five-year-plan becomes reality in January 2001, CPA firms who hire recent graduates say they will continue hiring graduates regardless if the potential employee has 150 hours or not.This and other opinions were revealed in a new survey conducted by the Illinois CPA Society and Illinois College.
Technology

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Web Women

Breaking the glass ceiling within today's CPA firm and accounting marketplace still is a hot topic after all these years, but there's one industry in which women are excelling very quickly: the world of the dot.com.Experts say there is a direct correlation between women who want to take risks and the flexible, often newly discovered, world of the Internet.
Technology

TheCFO.com and ExpertPlan.com Form Alliance

It was announced Monday that TheCFO.com and ExpertPlan.com have formed an alliance to offer 401(K) and 403(B) services to providers and administrators.TheCFO.com is a consulting practice run by Jim Scott that provides financial-related services to a variety of start-up and young technology companies and clients, while ExpertPlan, run by Winthrop Cody, is an Internet-based provider of retirement plan offerings.The gist of the new arrangement is to provide retirment plan services with complete recordkeeping in the

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