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THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES
  1. U.S. Workers Give Performance Management Programs a Failing Grade
  2. Small Businesses Should Start Tax Planning for Next Year Now
  3. More Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay under Rule Change
  4. Recruiters Searching for MBA Grads in Finance and Accounting
  5. Show Me the Money: Workers Put a Bonus, Raise First on Wish List
  6. Employers Expect to Increase College Hires by 11.2 Percent
  7. Hackers Exploiting Recent Microsoft Flaws
  8. Fast Growth Companies Regaining Their Stride
  9. Long-Serving, Male Execs Most Likely to Commit Company Fraud
  10. IRS Continues Launch of Online Business Tools
  11. Book Recommendation: How to Comply with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404

PREMIUM SUBSCRIBER CONTENT
  1. Good Questions Uncover Client Related Problems
  2. Color Rows According to Criteria in Microsoft Excel
  3. The Focus of Firm Management
  4. Client Centered Referrals
  5. Document Your Processes: It Pays!

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  1. U.S. Workers Give Performance Management Programs a Failing Grade

Only three out of ten U.S. workers agree that their company’s performance management program actually does what it’s intended to do: improve performance. And only two out of ten workers say their company helps poorly performing workers improve, according to a recent survey.

  1. Tough Small Businesses Should Start Tax Planning for Next Year Now

Don’t want to look at that 2003 tax return for a good long time? Understandable, but a bad idea, tax analysts say. Now is the time for small business owners to start thinking about their 2004 return, if they haven’t already.

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  1. More Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay under Rule

A new rule defining who must receive overtime pay will cover workers who make up to $100,000 a year, up from the $65,000 overtime ceiling proposed previously.

  1. Recruiters Searching for MBA Grads in Finance and Accounting

Companies that hire MBA graduates are more optimistic about their recruiting plans this year. Only half are blaming the economy for limiting their hiring, compared to 69 percent only two years ago, according to the 2004 Corporate Recruiters Survey just released by the Graduate Management Admission Council.

  1. Show Me the Money: Workers Put a Bonus, Raise First on Wish List

It may not buy happiness, but money is top of mind for employees today, according to a recent survey. Nearly half (48 percent) of workers polled said what they want most at work is a bonus or raise. More time off ranked second, with 24 percent of the response, followed by additional support at the office, with 17 percent.

MORE RESOURCES...

  1. Expect to Increase College Hires by 11.2 Percent
  2. Hackers Exploiting Recent Microsoft Flaws
  3. Fast Growth Companies Regaining Their Stride
  4. Long-Serving, Male Execs Most Likely to Commit Company Fraud
  5. IRS Continues Launch of Online Business Tools
  6. Book Recommendation: How to Comply with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 Assessing the Effectiveness of Internal Control, by Michael Ramos

This practical guide offers helpful guidance on how to go about to submitting to the SEC a company’s annual assessment of the effectives of their internal control to the SEC. Complete with practice aids —including forms, checklists, illustrations, diagrams, and tables—this comprehensive book provides a step-by-step approach for engagement performance and practical guidance on how an entity should test and evaluate its internal controls.

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  1. Good Questions Uncover Client Related Problems

There is a major difference between good questions and questions. Many sales experts advise you to ask “open-ended” questions. That is good advice, so long as the question is related to a problem. To encourage prospects to tell you their problems, you may have to design powerful questions that demonstrate you are a person worthy of the answers.

  1. Color Rows According to Criteria in Microsoft Excel

You can use coloring to isolate data in lists and to differentiate between various types of data. Here’s a step-by-step tip to achieve this result.

  1. The Focus of Firm Management

While there are seminars and on-the-job training for managing partners, there is no book or school on how to manage an accounting firm. Too often managing partners get strapped with administrative duties and fail to lead the firm toward strategic objectives. The following is a list of high priority strategies that firms should focus on if they desire to succeed during a period of transformation.

  1. Client Centered Referrals

Referrals are not just for your benefit. Clients want informed referrals to resources that can help them, too. When you have cross-referral arrangements with other service providers, you add greater depth to your clients’ business support team.

  1. Document Your Processes: It Pays!

There are a number of tasks we do on a frequent basis that become so routine that we take for granted that "everyone in our organization knows how to do that!" This assumption is most likely untrue. More likely, a number of employees are sitting at their desks right this moment stumped about where to begin with this new project they have been assigned. Documented processes provide a perfect starting point for new projects.

HOT TOPICS

  1. Computer Associates Fires Nine as Federal Probe Continues
  2. Oxley: Congress Belongs in Stock Option Debate
  3. Emerging from Bankruptcy, WorldCom Faces $1B Tax Bill
  4. IRS, States Going after Tax Shelter Client Lists
  5. Meeting New Whistleblower Reporting Requirements; Complying With Section 301 of the SOX

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