Human Resources

OSHA Says

Okay, you’ve known for quite some time that ergonomic issues were abound, but maybe you just haven’t reached that item on your to-do list. It’s time to move it closer to the top. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently proposed an Ergonomics Program standard. After discussions in early 2000, the final version of the standard will become mandatory by year end.So what does this mean to you? Well, it means that if you don’t currently do the following things (see preliminary checklist below); you could legally be required to do so by the end of 2000.

Sexual Harassment

You can be sure that sexual harassment is alive and well in corporate America. Just ask Monica.

CPA Internships Provide Great Opportunities

Remember when you were in school and craved an internship with a large firm or any size business that would give you solid experience, great contacts and a bit of encouragement?Despite the fact that the press has carried stories of how some students opt for slinging burgers or working retail rather than concentrating on finding a good internship, providing a student with this opportunity is paramount to book learning and a win-win situation for everyone.One of the nation's most popular colleges, Baylor University in Waco, TX, says that internships are once again enviable and cherished.
Practice Management

Working With Employee Morale

As a manager, you know that employee morale can work for you or against you. When employee morale is high, so is productivity and vice versa. What makes employee morale go south is another idea completely. It could be a result of any one of hundreds of workplace situations. Do you have a partner or manager who disrupts your work environment? Do employees feel unappreciated? Your role as a manager is to ferret out these issues and put employee morale back on top.Figuring out the root of the problem can be a challenge.
A&A

Cash Balance Plans Offer Lump Sums

The announcement earlier this year by IBM rocked the planned benefits world when Big Blue changed their benefits fom a pension plan to a cash-balance plan.Employees working at IBM shouldn't feel they are alone. In fact, more than 325 companies with names like AT&T and Xerox, also have converted to cash-balance plans.Most everyone understands that the traditional pension plan thrives through employee and employer donations for the long-term.
Practice Management

360 Degree Feedback – Ever Heard Of It?

What in the world is 360 degree feedback? Well, it’s one of the tools that performance management consultants use to help organizations improve. This “tool” works by providing full-circle feedback.

Women Entrepreneurs Programmed Differently Than Men

Face it: men don't like to ask for directions.
Practice Management

The Training Game

When you were a little kid, your brain was like a sponge. It soaked up everything that spewed out of the teacher’s mouth. Well, you’ve grown up and now your brain is like the rest of your muscles – it needs a break in between periods of hard work. Learning is hard work for the adult mind, you know.Adults learn better in short, concentrated sessions followed by on-the-job practice where they can immediately put their new concepts to work.
Practice Management

Emotional Intelligence

Once upon a time good grades were all that counted. Times have changed. Ever wonder why that guy who dropped out of high school is at the helm of a multi-million dollar company while a certified “genius” mops floors at the local high school?

A Recruiter’s Dream

Time constraints can make or break you in recruiting. Nothing is worse than sifting through resumes for hours just to lose a great prospect to another firm. Now, there’s a solution. HireSystems, the service leader in hiring management solutions, helps companies quickly and effectively sort through resumes.HireSystems allows recruiters to focus more attention on individuals and relationships and less on mounds of paper. An organization can get custom-built software in just a few days.

Selling Your Top Recruits

Don’t save your best sales pitch for a prospect. With a tight labor market, you need to sell your firm to your top recruits, too. Take a look around your firm and make a list of what’s “good” about it. Ask your employees if you want to know what's "great" about your firm.From casual days to flexible time schedules, there’s plenty your firm “offers” its employees. But don’t stop there. Be sure to make a laundry list of benefits for your new employee and quantify them in the offer letter. These “benefits” can really add up.

COBRA – It’s Not A Snake

COBRA isn’t a snake, but it sure can bite you if you aren’t in compliance. COBRA is an acronym for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. The Act, for most employers, protects an employee’s right to continue group health coverage should the employee experience a “qualifying” event.As Y2K approaches, new legislation regarding COBRA is right around the corner.

"Security Audit" Helps Dispel Workplace Safety and Risk

With a growing number of daily headlines focusing on violence in the workplace, everyone wonders whether something violent can--and will--occur in their own business.Employers, too, are facing the same concerns, and are implementing various measures to allay employeee fears.

Effective Communications Leads to Results

How well do you communicate with your employees, boss or others in the office?Talk is cheap, but it should come as no surprise that effective communications is the backbone of every successful business, not only for consistent feedback, but for a two-way dialogue as well.Feedback between peers and others does several things. First, it mixes praise with constructive criticism about a specific project or activity.

Perks and Benefits Attract Qualified Staff

Attracting and recruiting in today's tight job market is indeed a trick. No sooner do you make an offer than the candidate is snatched up by a competing firm offering greener pastures with increased benefits or other attractive perks.Small firms and businesses have found a way to compete with the rest of the pack by going through brokers to obtain top benefits without breaking the bank. In fact, many times simply passing along the benefits to employees is accomplished at no charge.No doubt you'll have medical insurance and other traditional benefits.

Health Insurance: When is Enough ... Enough?

In light of a strong economy, a new report says employers in the United States are behind the times in expanding health insurance coverage to their employees.

E-mail Resumes Receive Greater Attention

Who isn't in a hurry these days? With technology innovations like e-mail and the Web right at our fingertips, our time is spent learning how to be more efficient and effective via the electronic medium.One area that has taken a 180-degree turn is the resume. No longer do many job seekers send you fine documents printed on parchment paper.

"Safe" Workplace has Dramatic Effect

Incorporating environmental concerns into the workplace can have a positive, long-lasting effect on the bottom line.The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that annual indoor air polution costs U.S. companies $1 billion in medical costs and $60 billion in lost productivity.

E-Commerce Accountant is one of the Hottest Jobs Around

The cover story in the new issue of U.S. News & World Report focuses on the hottest jobs in 2000, and one of the most in-demand ones in the financial arena is an e-commerce accountant.Just what does an e-commerce accountant do?
Practice Management

Is It OK To Spy On Your Employees?

According to a survey by the American Management Association International, two-thirds of businesses eavesdrop on their employees in some fashion -- whether through email tracking, Internet usage, by videotape or over the phone. And in just about every situation, they have a right to do so.Employers have the fiduciary responsibility to protect the business they are working in, and part of that responsibility is to ensure that employees are not abusing the rules and regulations of the business.Technology has allowed the ability to monitor employee activity very easily.

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