The Accounting and Finance Employee Confidence Index increased 0.6 points to 53.9 in the third quarter of 2010, according to a recent survey. The index is a measure of overall confidence among U.S. accounting and finance workers.
With some signs pointing to a slight uptick in financial hiring, compensation for accounting and finance professionals should see commensurate gains. Starting salaries in these fields are expected to rise an average of 3.1 percent in the coming year.
Whether you’re trying to motivate a team, negotiate a contract, make a sale, ask for a raise, land a new job, or terminate an employee, the conversations you have will either help you succeed or undermine your goals.
Although the number of accounting graduates has increased, the supply of accountants with seven or more years of accounting experience lags demand. This is especially true for tax practice leaders and professionals with specialized expertise, such as international tax, SEC, or FAS 109 proficiency.
Nearly three-quarters of finance professionals revealed that they have a social media account, which primarily is being used to connect with friends and family via Facebook. When using social media to job search, however, LinkedIn was the definitive favorite.
Former employees occasionally seek unemployment benefits they don’t deserve, either because they are desperate, confused, or trying to cheat the system. Employers, bearing the cost of unemployment payments, must evaluate whether to challenge those unemployment claims.
Are you appreciated by company managers? Do you have the opportunity to do your best work? Are you clear about what is expected of you at work? Does your manager provide employees focus? People at work who are fully engaged can answer these questions with a clear yes and sense of gratitude.
If you're constantly battling the afternoon slowdown at work, take heart because you're not alone. A recent survey of senior managers confirms the late afternoon is the most common time for workers to hit the proverbial wall.
In a recent survey conducted by the Personal Finance Employee Education Foundation with the support of the Employee Benefits News, 91 percent of respondents cited employee financial literacy as being extremely important or important in reducing the vulnerability of the American economy to major economic crises.
Employee satisfaction, worker productivity, and customer service continue to be priorities. The challenge for most organizations is to achieve high levels of productivity and customer service while maintaining a satisfied, motivated workforce.
Managers need to understand and be familiar with employment laws because acting within the law, following the company’s policies, and avoiding liability are all part and parcel of the manager’s job duties.
Accounting firms that offer training programs in house for staff and management want to ensure that individuals meet continuing professional education requirements. At many firms, training programs encompass larger goals and are at the core of a firm’s culture.