Training

Preparing For Performance Appraisal Interviews - Free Download

This free report provides a step-by-step guide for conducting appraisal interviews successfully and legally, plus includes a free form you can use to rate your Performance Appraisal interview techniques. No matter how much a company spends to implement and perfect an effective performance appraisal system, preparation is key. Lack of preparation by managers could lead to problems, such as high turnover and legal situations. Prevent these and other problems from eating away at your company's bottom line by downloading this free report.

Motivating & Retaining Tax Preparers

By, Charles E. McCabe After you have invested considerable time and money recruiting and training tax preparers, you must now determine how to make sure those valuable employees are productive and get them to remain loyal to your firm. Retention of tax preparers is essential to maintain client relationships and keep recruiting and training costs in line. Losing an experienced tax preparer almost always results in significant costs to your firm. The keys to employee satisfaction and retention are founded on strong leadership and sound management practices.
Practice Management

Ideas to Improve The Quality of Your Firm

By Nancy BlodgettHere are some helpful ways to improve the quality of your firm. Adjust Your Attitude Be open to new ideas! Make time for quality improvement. Don’t manage by fear. Help people feel secure in their jobs.Don’t let the statement: "we’ve always done it this way," keep the firm from trying new approaches to problem-solving. Change the "Us vs. Them" culture of management and staff by adopting quality principles and methods.
Practice

Three Ways to Boost Morale Despite Low Pay Raises

A survey by Deloitte and Touche shows pay increases are expected to average 3.5% at large companies in 2003, the third straight year of modest pay increases. Some companies are also eliminating bonuses or paying employees less than half the bonuses they received in better times. The survey shows the trend toward lower pay increases is contributing to low employee morale and undermining the loyalty of many companies' most valuable employees.

New York City Hosts Blitz of Post-Enron Conferences

Why are out-of-towners teeming into Manhattan for the holidays this year? It could be the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping along Fifth Avenue, take in a matinee at Radio City Music Hall, or catch a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden... But, no, the hottest tickets in town this holiday season are to the many booming post-Enron conferences.The price tags of these events range from free to $2,000 per attendee. Many are held at posh hotels and clubs.
Education & Careers

Accounting Professor Among 2002 Professors of The Year

Accounting Professor Sherry K. Mills was named as one of 46 state winners of the 2002 Professor of the Year awards granted by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This award recognizes her dedication to teaching, commitment to students and creative approach to higher education. Key to Professor Mills' teaching style at New Mexico State University (NSMU) is her belief that accounting is the language of business.
Tax

Insight Available For Tax Exempt Bond Specialists

IRS agents have long had access to continuing education courses to assist them in performing their duties. A recently released text of an IRS course on tax exempt bonds now gives practitioners a glimpse of the issues and topics on which bond agents are being trained.While they can not be cited as authoritative literature, the CPE text does provide valuable insight.
Education & Careers

AICPA Readies Web-based Competency Assessment Tool

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has developed a competency model to help guide students and CPAs through their career and continuous learning plans.
Community News

Accenture Consultants Are Taught How to Talk to CEOs

Some auditors say it can be tough to get the ear of their client’s chief financial officer (CFO). Yet their counterparts in consulting are able to get the ear of the chief executive officer (CEO). How do consultants do it? At Accenture, the answer is training.According to an article in the Financial Times, British consultants attend courses at Oxford University from such maverick professors as Dr.

Copy Formatting From One Excel Worksheet to Another

Have you ever taken the trouble to format a worksheet - adding bold to your titles, centering column headings, changing the number format to currency in some rows and comma format in others, changing the width of columns - and then wished you could just snap your fingers and take all that formatting over to another worksheet? The process is actually performed almost as quickly as snapping your fingers.
Tax

Tax Talk Today Addresses Retirement Options

The latest installment of Tax Talk Today, a monthly Webcast co-sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, featured valuable information about retirement options and related tax incentives.Tuesday's session, "Advising Clients on Retirement Plans," discussed advantages of tax-favored plans and addressed the various options for retirement plans, including SEP-IRAs, 401(k)s, SIMPLE-IRAs, defined benefit plans, money purchase plans, and profit-sharing plans. Panel members discussed the complexity associated with the plans and the paperwork burden.

Ten Employer-Employee Rules For Successfully Running a Small Business

Compliments of bizmove.comYou've just been in a serious car accident. You've got massive internal injuries and a broken jaw. You're going to be in the hospital at least a month. Your jaw is wired shut so you can't use the phone. Will your business run easily and well while you recover? Will your customers be served while you are gone? If you've just experienced heart failure over this prospect, the following list is for you. The information below, if put into practice, will reduce your stress, increase your business' productivity, and give you the vacation you so richly deserve.

ACFE Names Toby Bishop President and CEO

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) has announced that former Andersen partner Toby J. F. Bishop will become its new president and chief executive officer, replacing Dr. Gil Geis, professor emeritus from the University of California, Irvine, who has served as ACFE president since 1992. Mr. Bishop was partner-in-charge of Fraud Research and Development for Andersen.

Lack of Information Frustrates Employees

By: Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D., President, The Discovery Group THE PROBLEMOne out of every two employees feels that they do not receive the information they need to do their job well. As a result, employees feel frustrated and the quality of the organization's products and services suffer.Employees complain that they need more information from management, supervisors, co-workers, and customers. The key employee questions that frequently go unanswered are listed below. 
Community News

Four Ways to Help Your 'Old Dog' Employees Learn Some New Tricks

Collaboration, Change & Comfort Zones: 4 Ways to Help Your "Old Dog" Employees Learn Some New Tricks.If you want your employees to work together online, you must first help them break out of their comfort zones. Collaboration Architects co-founder John Darling tells you how.You know the time is right to join the ranks of those companies that are benefiting from online collaboration technology. Employees working together via the Web is clearly the wave of the future. And there are plenty of great software programs out there. Still, there is one major barrier to overcome: human nature.

Conference: Personal Best, Professional Excellence

The 8th Annual Niche-Building SuperConference for CPAs and ConsultantsSponsored by PENCOR LLCJuly 17-19, 2002W Chicago-City CentreChicago, IllinoisMake the Right ConnectionsGrowing your business is all about making the right connections. If you’re a CPA or consultant looking to strengthen your niche consulting services, this is an event you cannot miss.

Conference: From Measuring to Maximizing Business Value

From Measuring to Maximizing Business Value: Profit and Value Growth Advisory Services for Private Companies Wednesday July 17, 2002"W" Chicago City Center HotelChicago, Illinois8:00am - 4:00pmSponsored by the Alliance of Merger & Aquisition Advisors and the Quantum Institute For Management Consultants as a bonus session preceeding the Pencor SuperConference

AAA Drafts Responsibilities for Accounting Educators

The American Accounting Association (AAA), a membership organization of accounting educators, is asking its members for their views on a proposed statement of responsibilities. The AAA says its proposed statement is an expression of shared values and is designed to serve as a broad guide to the behavior accounting educators expect of each other. Unlike a Code of Conduct, AAA's statement of responsibilities will have no enforcement mechanism.
Community News

Managing A Multi-Office Team

The multi-office group in its earliest stages may be perceived as being only for administrative purposes. You may face a subtle resistance from people toward true integration - the release of a preexisting local focus in favor of accepting regional or national leadership. People may even be concerned that their personal power and influence will now be diminished with the advent of this larger geographic configuration.
Community News

E-Learning Clicks with CPAs - Before and After Exams

Increasingly popular among the PC-literate crowd, Internet-based training is helping hundreds, if not thousands, of accountants to balance their work schedules and their personal lives.

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