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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.
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'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.
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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.

Women make slow but steady climb through ranks of CPA firms

Women CPAs have been making a slow but steady climb through the ranks of public accounting. Yet in the seventh year the Illinois CPA Society, through its Women's Executive Committee, has conducted its Annual Survey on the Role of Women in CPA Firms, the findings show the struggle continues to reach the very top leadership positions. The just released 2009 survey findings show a slight increase in the number of women represented in firm/office management positions, up to 12.4 percent from 10 percent last year after gaining a steady one point increase each year.

On CPE trends – changing and accommodating

Contributed by the Illinois CPA SocietyA quick comparison between a "CPE Update" course list from a few years ago and another from a few weeks ago tells you a lot about what's happening with Continuing Professional Education (CPE) today. For starters, there's the sheer size and variety of offerings. In 2006, for example, two-and-a-half pages were sufficient for a list that now covers six pages.

Job discrimination complaints reach record levels

Job-discrimination complaints across the United States hit record levels in fiscal 2008, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports.About 95,400 workplace-discrimination claims were filed for the year ended September 30, the most recent data available. That's up from 82,800 the previous year.Complaints based on race, gender, age, and religion all saw year-over-year gains.Workers can file discrimination complaints with the commission, which can seek to remedy the situation.

Five ways to get remote working wrong

There are five common, and easily avoided, mistakes that companies tend to make when setting up teleworking or remote working programs.According to U.S employers' association Capital Associated Industries, remote working needs to be about much more than simply waving your workers off at the door.

Telework on the rise as more employers offer flexible work arrangements

The number of U.S. employees who worked remotely at least one day per month increased 39 percent the past two years, from approximately 12.4 million in 2006 to 17.2 million in 2008, according to WorldatWork, the global human resources association that studies telework as a tool to attract, motivate, and retain employees.

Successfully performing the great American juggling act

By Amy L. Welch, APR, Oklahoma Society of CPAs Director of CommunicationsSince the term "work-life balance" was first used in the 1970s, studies have surfaced en masse showing the links between work-related stress, home-related stress, and overall employee health. To provide research, information, and education, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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FASB Forum to Consider Use of Global Accounting Standards by U.S. Companies

The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) announced Friday that they will host a forum entitled High-Quality Global Accounting Standards: Issues and Implications for U.S. Financial Reporting. The purpose of the forum is for the FAF and the FASB to open a dialogue with constituents about whether and how to continue to move the U.S. toward high-quality global accounting standards, the FAF and FASB's press release says. The forum will take place Monday, June 16, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Baruch College, in New York, NY.
A&A

Small business forecast for 2008

For over 80 years now, the Kiplinger organization has been providing insights into business forecasting and finance. Kiplinger was actually founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger and in 1923, The Kiplinger Letter was launched and the company began producing the nation’s first newsletter. Our featured guest in this episode of Small Business Trends Radio is Matthew Mogul, Associate Editor of Kiplinger Business Forecast. Matthew provides business insights for the coming year and discusses a variety of issues that may have an effect on small businesses.
Education & Careers

PwC report outlines expectations of new, younger workforce

A new global report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, "Managing Tomorrow's People: The Future of Work to 2020," illustrates how organizations need to adapt to the demands of a rapidly changing world and provides scenarios of future business models to help companies anticipate change and address how they will attract, retain, and motivate the people they will need in the future. PwC surveyed 2,793 graduates from China, the U.K. and U.S.
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Twelve lessons in positive change management

The Change Management Group has benchmarked the best management processes in a number of organizations and has summarized twelve lessons in positive change management that have emerged from their research.Work With the GroupA senior manager has to work with the "natural ingredients" at hand, which requires careful study of the history of the group, and gives many clues to members‘ behavior. What has formed them in the past? How have they evolved and matured?

Correction expected in real estate market

More than 600 of the nation's leading real estate experts expect the sizzling commercial real estate market in the U.S. to slow in 2008, with a healthy correction that will likely bypass long-term investors but penalize late-to-the-game speculators and overleveraged buyers, according to the annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2008 report, released by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.According to the report, real estate investors and developers believe uncertainty will characterize 2008.
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Let's get linked: Social networks gaining foothold

It happened the other day for editor Karen Mracek. As she was checking her e-mail, she found an invitation from her boss to be Linked together.LinkedIn is like MySpace for 13 million professionals, and as it's made its way into Mracek's workplace - she's assistant business editor at the Des Moines Register - other businesses are beginning to look at social networking as an opportunity rather than a time-waster.

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