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Why Good Employees Say, ‘I Quit!’ and What to Do About It

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Oct 22, 2014 8:39:22 AM

RHFA_1014_GRAPH_Money_4If you work for a great boss, it may be easier to overlook or at least accept the fact you’re overworked or simply bored with your job responsibilities. In fact, reporting to respected management may push you to work harder or longer hours.

But receiving inadequate or below market-rate wages is a top deal-breaker that can cause good employees to quit their jobs, according to recent research from our company. And it’s an area CFOs and employees alike see eye to eye on in the United States.

Topics: Salary Guide, Paul McDonald, Average Salary, Salary Increases, Salary Negotiation

Coach K vs. Mr. Miyagi: Do Your Employees Need a Coach or a Mentor?

Posted by Stacy Dyer on Oct 21, 2014 4:46:00 PM

Mike_Krzyzewski_talks_to_his_team_during_a_timeoutMike Krzyzewski, affectionately known as Coach K, is the head men’s basketball coach at Duke University. He’s one of the greatest coaches of all time. Mr. Miyagi comes to us from the film “The Karate Kid” and may be the best-known mentor around.

But what’s the difference between a coach and a mentor? You might have examples of each at your organization. You might even play one of these vital roles yourself. How do you know which one your employees need?

Topics: Succession Planning, Onboarding, Mentoring, Leadership, Coach, Mike Krzyzewski, The Karate Kid, Mr. Miyagi

Lights, Camera, Action: How to Ace Your Next Video Interview

Posted by James Ranson on Oct 20, 2014 2:57:00 PM

RHFA_Blog_How_to_conduct_a_video_interview_10.20More and more organizations are turning to video job interviews today. It can be more practical than in-person interviewing when you have a long list of qualified candidates to meet. Video interviews allow for a personal and visual interaction with a potential boss without investing the time and money it would take to travel to the office in person.

However, just because a video interview doesn’t take place in a traditional setting doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. Here are our top tips to make your next video interview a smash hit:

Topics: Common Interview Questions, How to Conduct a Video Interview, Video Interview, Questions to Ask on a Video Interview, Interview Attire

Office Humor: Happy Boss Day!

Posted by Robert Half Finance & Accounting on Oct 16, 2014 7:00:00 AM

boss_dayHappy Boss Day! In honor of this probably slightly underrated holiday (no one gets the day off work, afterall), here's a chuckle from our favorite contributing cartoonist, Randy Glasbergen.

Topics: Randy Glasbergen Cartoons, Boss, Office Humor, Cartoons

Career Advice: The Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Accounting and Finance Jobs

Posted by Robert Half Finance & Accounting on Oct 15, 2014 9:46:00 AM

ACA_report_coverMany of the reporting requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) concern company and individual tax returns. As a result, professionals in accounting and finance jobs will need to gain a full understanding of those provisions as deadlines for the act’s Employer Mandate and Individual Mandate approach. Professionals in the medical billing field will also have additional responsibilities under the act.

Topics: CPA, ACA, Medical Billing, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Job Search Advice for Finance Professionals: 4 Essential Tips to Score Your Dream Job

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Oct 14, 2014 2:25:07 PM

RHFA_Blog_Dream_Job_10.1You’ve been scouring the web looking for a job when suddenly you spot it: your dream finance role. The job description matches your skill set, the organization is one you admire, and the perks are fantastic. Now all you have to do is convince the hiring manager you’re the perfect candidate for the job.

Here are four pieces of job search advice to help you score your dream job and accelerate your finance career:

Topics: Salary Guide, Soft Skills, Social Media, Professional Brand, Hiring Managers, Resume Writing Tips, Professional Development, Cover Letter, Dream Job, Online Reputation

Flu Season Alert: Does Your Company Have an Effective Policy for Sick Days?

Posted by Kim Christman on Oct 13, 2014 2:19:00 PM

RHFA_Blog_Monday_Management_Minute_Sick_Days_10.6Today’s diverse workforce has varied needs, particularly when it comes to benefits like personal time off. Although many employees take it for granted, time off is part of every benefits package, and is especially relevant with flu season on the horizon and employees who may have to stay home to recover. Benefits packages typically include any paid days that employees don’t work, including holidays, vacation days, sick days, and personal days or choice time off.

Establishing and communicating your paid time off (PTO) policy is an important part of empowering your employees to comply with it and appropriately use this time away from work. Here are some guidelines to make your policy an effective one:

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Work-Life Balance, Sick Days, Sick Leave Policy, Benefits, Choice Time Off

Office Humor: A Time Management App That Frees Up Your Calendar

Posted by Kari Hulac on Oct 8, 2014 2:58:00 PM

FA_1007_cartoonMore than one-third of CFOs interviewed in a Robert Half survey cited time management as their biggest work challenge.

This month's cartoon certainly offers a solution for that, albeit not a very realistic one, unfortunately.

For some more useful tips to manage your time, read one of our most popular blog posts, Flex Those Time Management and Delegation Muscles, where we outline five great strategies that will help you say no to taking on more than you and your calendar can handle.

Topics: Randy Glasbergen Cartoons, Time Mangagment, Office Humor

CPA or CMA: Which Certification is Right for You?

Posted by Rebekah McLain on Oct 8, 2014 1:43:00 PM

RHMR_Blog_CPA_and_CMA_Certifications_9.2Accounting and finance professionals face tough decisions every day. One of those decisions could be whether to pursue a certified public accountant (CPA) versus a certified management accountant (CMA) certification. CPA and CMA certification both provide benefits, so when it comes to deciding which to pursue, it’s not a matter of which is better. It’s a matter of which is better for you. (Sometimes, the answer may be both.)

Here’s a quick side-by-side summary to help you evaluate the options:

Topics: CPA, The Institute of Internal Auditors, AICPA, Certifications, Certified Internal Auditor, CMA, American Payroll Association, CPA exam, Institute of Management Accountants

Ethics for Accountants are More Important Than Ever

Posted by Paul McDonald on Oct 8, 2014 9:15:39 AM

shutterstock_154276742_EthicsAccountAccountants handle a wide range of privileged and sensitive data in their daily tasks. And because they work with numbers that can have repercussions on bonuses and stock prices, they may face ethical dilemmas more often than, say, actuaries or budget analysts.

The ethical issues that accountants sometimes face include conflicts of interest, confidentiality, illegal or fraudulent activities, pressure from management to inflate earnings, and clients who request manipulation of numbers.

When confronted with such dilemmas, accountants need to have the ethical wherewithal to make difficult yet principled decisions. If you find you’re struggling with an ethics question in your accounting job, here are four steps you can take:

Topics: AICPA, CGMA, FEI, Confidentiality, Accountants, Ethics

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