Practice Management

Practice Management

What would Bill Clinton do?

What would Bill Clinton do if his cell phone rang while he was locked in a conversation with you? Would he check to see if it was Chelsea? Hillary? ("Sorry, she's boarding a plane to the Middle East and I need to catch her.")
Education & Careers

Slight increase in net hiring projected for first time since Q1 2009

Hiring in accounting and finance is expected to increase slightly in the fourth quarter, according to the Robert Half Financial Hiring Index.
Practice Management

Tips for safeguarding mobile phones, information

Mobile phones are an essential business tool and, while the technology lets you keep in touch from nearly any location, there are some serious security issues.
Practice

Management example, peer pressures bring benefits

Research studies from the Ethics Resource Center examine how a strong ethical culture and effective tone at the top permeate through all levels of an organization, while a study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners emphasizes the importance of an anonymous hotline for the reporting of misdeeds.
AccountingWEB Life

Focus on positive leadership when things go wrong

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.
Practice Management

It's about time: Successfully managing a to-do list

You probably have hundreds of things that needed to be done yesterday. These items might be listed on your current to-do list, inside an e-mail in your inbox, or scrunched up in the back of your brain. Maybe it’s a combination of all three.
Practice Management

The role of accountants in social media, by Ross Drapalski

AccountingWEB accounting student scholarship winner Ross Drapalski explores the interaction of social media with everyday work life.
Practice Management

Right to know, need to learn

The other day, I was re-reading an article by David Berlo. I was amazed at how current his insights were considering he wrote it in 1976. One of Berlo’s key themes appears on the first page like the caution on a pack of cigarettes. “WARNING: Consumption of uncontrolled information is injurious to your health.”
A&A

Pros, cons of charging employees deductibles for preventable accidents

It is the bane of many managers' jobs: the preventable accident. With police reports to file, insurance forms to manage, and repairs to oversee, those minor fender benders and dinged doors can cause significant headaches and paperwork.
Practice

Simple Web site tools to eliminate redundant phone calls

You have your Web site up, and you have outlined a description of your services, or staff biographies, and the name of the firm and your contact information. Equally as important, though, is the content you can provide that might be able to save you time.
Practice Management

Training is critical in good, bad economic times

For years, training often was something organizations felt obliged to do. That is, they felt obliged until things got bad and then, like other costs, spending on training was slashed until company finances got better.
Practice Management

Motivating yourself to get employees motivated

We all want our employees to be motivated. Of course, we do. We know motivated employees work harder. But what are they motivated to do? That’s a much more important question.
Practice Management

It's about time: Five ways to increase billable time

Every practicing accountant knows that effective time management is key to maximizing personal productivity and firm profits. The numbers tell the story and it all boils down to time management.
Practice Management

Generational appeal of the best places to work

Many of us have an intuitive sense about what makes a "best place to work." Various surveys track what employees are looking for to join and stay, and those items shift in rank from generation to generation depending on existing social, political and economic circumstances.
Practice Management

Managing medical marijuana use in the workplace

For employers with operations in the 14 states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, it is a difficult task to juggle the need for a drug-free workplace environment and the rights of employees who have prescriptions to legally use marijuana.
A&A

Firms must protect information with policy, action

CPAs need to have access to a lot of personal information about their clients. It's the nature of the job. But with identity theft on the rise, the question becomes: What are you doing to protect this information?
A&A

Are you a manager or a leader?

Modern leadership guru Warren Bennis said, “Managers are the people who do things right and leaders are the people who do the right thing.” To run a business well, you need both. But that doesn’t mean you should be the one doing both.
Practice Management

People management: What managers can learn from The Beatles

Determining whether your staff is a team or a group is an important distinction to make. For example, I'd claim the Beatles weren’t a pop group. Before you lynch me for pop blasphemy, the difference is this: John, Paul, George, and Ringo weren’t a group – they were a team.
Practice Management

Multi-generational networking

Networking and dealing with people of different generations from our own is similar to the recipe for any kind of successful networking with a few twists.
A&A

AICPA national MAP survey is underway

The AICPA Private Companies Practice Section, in partnership with the Texas Society of CPAs, is gathering data for its much-anticipated benchmarking survey, which enables firms to compare management policies and financial results against other firms.

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