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Practice

Accounting and finance employee confidence rises; more looking to change jobs

The Accounting and Finance Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. accounting and finance workers, edged up 2.2 points to 56.1 in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to a recent survey.
A&A

Carbon accounting is hot new growth area for accountants

An overwhelming majority of Fortune 500 companies now voluntarily measure, manage, and publicly disclose their carbon emissions. This provides an exciting opportunity for accountants to provide an important service in the growing area of carbon accounting.
Practice

Small business employment index indicates 57,000 jobs created in December

Small business employment continued to show growth in December with an increase in hours worked and wages flat, according to the most recent Small Business Employment Index by Intuit Inc.
Education & Careers

Tattoos, body piercings, and accounting firms

What do tattoos, nose rings, and CPA firms have in common? Millennials are expected to make up more than one third of the country’s workforce by 2014 and, of that segment, 12 percent have a tattoo and 25 percent have a body part pierced other than earlobes.
Education & Careers

Small business employment index indicates 49,000 new jobs; wages down slightly

Small business employment continued to show growth in November, although wages were down and hours worked remained flat, according to this month's Small Business Employment Index by Intuit Inc.
A&A

Deloitte Consumer Spending Index continues decline

The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index declined in October, primarily due to softness in the housing market. The index is designed to track consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending.
Practice

Is Gen X facing a mid-life crisis or getting ready to lead?

The arts reflect the culture that the artists are observing, so what do the patterns and kernels of truth in the films, books, etc, of today tell us? What will engage members of Generation X to be the leaders and achievers they need to be?
Technology

IT employment posts strong gains in October

October saw continued growth in IT employment adding more than 10,000 jobs. Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' upward revision to September's employment data now reflects growth of 3,600 IT jobs, up from a previously reported incremental loss of 200 jobs.
A&A

Employment, pay improves for small businesses in October

Small business employment growth and compensation picked up in October with a strong uptick in hours worked.
A&A

Exclusive: CCH User Conference opens with Lou Holtz and a future focus

The sixth annual CCH User Conference has attracted its largest ever audience, with over 1,000 accountants braving some unseasonably cool weather in Orlando. Editor-in-Chief Gail Perry reports.
A&A

Accounting for Apple's iPad

What initially might have been viewed as nothing more than an attention-grabbing gadget useful for reading electronic books and mail, mobile Internet-capable computing devices have become a convenient and practical tool for accountants. Managing Editor Bill Grabarek reports.
Practice

More accounting and finance workers confident in ability to find new job

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.
Tax

Top personal income tax rates are rising worldwide

The worldwide decline in top personal income tax rates over the past seven years generally appears to have come to an end, as this year’s average rate increased 0.3 percent globally, according to KPMG International’s 2010 Individual Income Tax and Social Security Rate Report.
Practice

In twilight of their careers, unemployed workers face tough new realities

More mature workers who have lost their jobs have a lot on their minds - how to prepare for retirement, how to pay for health care coverage, and not only how they will get that next job, but if they will ever get that next job.
Practice

'The Unretired' mark new demographic shift in workplace

Just as managers finally figure out how to challenge and reward Generation X and Millennial employees, a new demographic segment in the workplace is emerging – Generation U, or the Unretired.
Practice Management

Tips for applying green thinking to project management

When we think of project management, how can we apply some green thinking to our projects? Here are several ways to bring some green ingenuity to your everyday project management.

20% of companies eliminate 401(k) matching programs

A recent survey of U.S.
Practice

Tips for getting the most from mobile devices

Accounting firms with a growing mobile work force may be struggling to understand how best to manage the complexity of employees working from disparate locations – how to give workers the IT support they need, while getting the most from the technology for the good for the firm.It's a big question, and one that is growing in importance.
Education & Careers

Recession inspires mothers to return to school; business, accounting popular options

Earning a degree has long been a dream of many working mothers. While it might seem the recession would put that dream even further out of reach for most, many working and single mothers are actually drawing inspiration from the economy to pursue their dream of getting a higher education.
Practice Management

Deloitte study reveals tension regarding the use of social media in the workplace

According to the third annual Deloitte LLP Ethics & Workplace survey, 60 percent of business executives believe they have a right to know how employees portray themselves and their organizations in online social networks. However, employees disagree, as more than half (53 percent) say their social networking pages are not an employer's concern.

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