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Accountants Get More Headaches Than Other Workers

In conjunction with National Headache Awareness Week, June 3-9, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, makers of Excedrin headache medicine, commissioned the Excedrin@Work Headache-by-Profession Index, a survey to determine which professionals are most likely to suffer from headaches in the workplace.Accountants won the survey, logging the highest percent (49 percent) of workers who reported suffering weekday headaches.

Negative Employees Affect the Bottom Line

Article by Jan Spak, Certified Human Resources Professional, President of Jan Spak HR Services"In the long run, the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time." (Anonymous)At one time or another, we’ve all had to work with people who make a difficult job even more frustrating. As much as we would like to avoid these “negative Nellies”, the reality is that working in a team environment makes that virtually impossible to do.So what can you do when you have to work with negative people who affect your job performance?
Education & Careers

Career Networking Tips and Ideas

Networking is a matter of maintaining relationships with people who can assist you in your future professional objectives. These people could be bosses, coworkers, subordinates, competitors or golfing buddies. The following is a short list of tips to assist you in maintaining a viable professional network. Make a conscious decision of with whom you want to keep in contact for your network. Choose quality over quantity. Don't feel the need to network with people who can't assist in furthering your career. Remember that every contact you make can be important.
Technology

Test Your Internet Connection With This Handy Tool

If you are looking for a new service provider, or just want to know what your options are in your area, check out this tool from cnet.com.What The Test DoesYou will be asked to enter your area code and then your ISP.When you click "Go" during the test, a 100k file is downloaded from the CNET servers, which will calculate your bandwidth from the CNET Web Services site.
Technology

Tips for Saving Time & Taking Control of Your Inbox

Accordingly to a recent study, workers spend approximately 50 minutes a day sorting through, responding to and creating e-mail messages. If you are buried in e-mail messages and are overwhelmed by the amount of information you manage daily, check out these helpful time saving tips.Note: Most of the tips below work on Microsoft Outlook 2000!Let Rules Control Your Inbox Use your Rules Wizard to establish rules that automatically file, delete, highlight, forward, or prioritize incoming and outgoing messages.
AccountingWEB Life

Clean Up Your Workspace After Busy Season

Now that the busy season for accountants can be spoken of the past tense, many offices and desks look like they just barely survived a tornado. If your workspace could use a dose of spring cleaning, here are some quick tips for getting cleaned up and organized. 
Technology

View Outlook Inbox and Calendar at the Same Time

Would it be useful for you to be able to view both your Outlook calendar and inbox at the same time? Instead of clicking back and forth between the two, you can open them side-by-side for easier access and viewing. To enable this tip follow the four steps below:Close all other programs. Click Inbox on the Outlook Folder List to display the Inbox. (If the Folder List is not displayed, choose Folder List from the View menu.) Right-click Calendar on the Folder List, and then click Open in New Window on the shortcut menu.
Practice Management

Strategic Vision - All Firms Need It

This article provided by Gary Boomer, CPA, of Boomer Consulting. Vision is important if your firm plans to grow and prosper. The large firms spend considerable resources on visioning and strategic planning. Building consensus and gaining input from staff, managers, and owners is important. Perhaps your firm is smaller and doesn’t feel it can spend the resources on strategic planning. Based upon what the well-managed firms do, at a minimum, your firm should have a one-page strategic plan with measurable goals.
Community News

CPE Update - Changing With the Profession

The accounting profession has had a long-standing dedication to lifelong learning. The form and substance of CPE have changed considerably over the past 30 years. To keep standards current, the AICPA and NASBA released a joint exposure draft, Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education, last year. Its proposed standards emphasize learning plans that assess a CPA's progress toward individual competency goals.

E-mail Etiquette 101 - Tips For Better Communication On-line

For some reason, many people forget their manners when using e-mail. It's like what happens to some people when they get behind the wheel of a car. Otherwise mild-mannered drivers utter expletives or make obscene gestures when something doesn't go their way in traffic. E-mail has probably made the biggest impact on business and personal communications since the Pony Express, but it's easy to misunderstand the nature of it. Strictly speaking, it's not mail. AccountingWEB has compiled some basic rules and tips for using e-mail communications.
Technology

Tip: Use AutoCorrect to Help Speed Up Your Typing!

If you would like to increase your words per minute, or are required to type long names, words like "Cognitor" that you have to stop and think about or repeat a certain word throughout your document, try the AutoCorrect Feature in Word.The AutoCorrect feature allows you to set up typing shortcuts, so you only need to type in part of the word or a special code such as xyz and Word fills in the rest. For example, if I need to type Employee Retention Survey (referencing a project throughout your document), you can just type ers; then press the SPACEBAR, presto, Word does the rest.
Technology

Tips For Using the Web Wisely and Efficiently in Your Business

Promoting your product(s) or service(s) is just one of many ways you can benefit from using the Internet. To unlock the vast potential of the Internet, consider using it for:Customer research. Get the latest information on prospects before meeting with them. A general search of a client's name on the Web can lead you to press releases, news stories, and advertising material that may not be found in trade magazines or newspapers.
Education & Careers

Grads Dress for Success-Tips on Professional Appearance

Once you've graduated and enter into your career of choice, the rules for success are not as straightforward as they were in college. Deciding what to wear will be the first of many important decisions you'll make each day. Why is what you wear so important? Because your clothes are your packaging. The way you look creates the first impression that people will have when they interact with you face-to-face. This is the image they'll keep in their minds when they have subsequent contact with you on the phone or through e-mail.What you wear shows how you rate the events of the day.
Technology

Web Reference Tools - Smart Cursor Downloads

Smart Cursors provide additional information about words on Web sites, via partners like Britannica.com, Houghton-Mifflin's American Heritage dictionary and Roget's Thesaurus, as well as search engines from Yahoo! Inc., Google Inc., America Online Inc., Microsoft Corp.'s MSN, and Goto.com Inc.Three smart cursors available for free download are highlighted below:Comet Systems Inc. NBC Internet Inc. Atomica.
Technology

Don't Dial 411 - Find Phone Numbers, Addresses On-line Quickly

The next time you need a phone number, address, directions or zip code for a client, business associate, or long-lost friend, don’t pay 75 cents or more for that information, just logon to 411.com or SwitchBoard.com and search for the information you need.You can search for names of individuals, or find businesses or business categories using the on-line yellow pages.

Take Charge of Overwhelming Projects

You know you need tackle that high-priority project, but you make a few phone calls, you sort through yesterday's mail, and before you know it, it's lunchtime. Even the most focused people tend to put off getting to work on overwhelming projects - maybe because of the size of the project, the complexity, difficulty - or all three. Get a clear picture of the entire project and prepare a step-by-step plan for completing it. When you think about doing something on the project, don't focus on the entire project, instead, focus on a quick five-minute task or a small work session.
Education & Careers

Tailor Your Day for Productivity - Focuser or Juggler Quiz

Knowing your work style, and personal patterns is essential in managing your day-to-day activities. How you balance your daily activities is crucial for the upcoming tax season, or as you prepare for entry into the accounting profession. Some people are focusers - they work best when they focus on one project at a time until it is completed. Some people are jugglers - they work best with several projects going at the same time.
Workplace Fitness

Stressed Out? Take a Break!

Don't let busy season get the best of you. AccountingWEB has assembled some of our favorite articles and resources that may help you beat the blues and stay healthy and happy during the final weeks ahead. Busy Season Stress BustersMore Busy Season Stress BustersPower Napping and Relaxation Tips!
Technology

Automatically Delete Unwanted E-Mail Using Outlook

Do you remember the ILOVEYOU Virus? By using the Outlook Rules Wizard you could have deleted any and all of those unwanted messages.
AccountingWEB Life

Managing Your Work Time for Maximum Effectiveness

The accounting business can place overwhelming demands on your time, especially during the busy tax season. And if you're self-employed, the workloads can be even harder to manage: there's no boss looking over your shoulder to motivate you, no office associates or assistants to take on overflow tasks.

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