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Give Props to Your Payroll Peeps, It’s National Payroll Week!

Posted by Abby Welch on September 2, 2014 at 6:00 AM

In honor of National Payroll Week (September 1-5), we’d like to thank all the payroll clerks, payroll managers and other payroll professionals who work tirelessly to ensure we’re all paid accurately and on time. Your efforts should never go unnoticed, but this week we want to shine an extra spotlight on you.

If you work with or manage payroll professionals, show them your appreciation this week and throughout the year. Just be sure to give recognition the right way. Do not follow the example of the individuals in this video!

 

 

Topics: Career Advice, Events, Video

Turning the Tables: 8 Questions to Ask in an Interview

Posted by Accountemps on August 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Top_Questions_to_Ask_in_an_Interview_-_Aug29Are you interviewing for a new job? Remember that the employer isn’t the only one who should ask good questions. The questions you ask your interviewer can help you glean key information about the work environment, while also demonstrating your strong interest in the job and your beyond-the-basics knowledge of the company.

Here are eight questions to ask in an interview, along with the reasons why:

Topics: Interviewing

Soft Skill Spotlight: Tact and Diplomacy

Posted by Accountemps on August 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Soft_Skills_Spotlight_Tact_and_Diplomacy_-_Aug27How do you handle sensitive situations in your accounting job? Maybe you clam up to avoid clashes. Or, perhaps, you get upset and say things you later regret. Either way, working on your tact and diplomacy will help.

Isaac Newton called tact “the art of making a point without making an enemy.” As for diplomacy, journalist David Frost once said it’s “the art of letting someone else have your way.” At the end of the day, tact and diplomacy share a common intent: they help you achieve your goals while maintaining good office relations.

Knowing what to say – and what not to say – can help you to mitigate conflict, negotiate with colleagues and avoid hurt feelings. It comes down to thinking about your words before you say (or email) them. Consider the following tips for fine-tuning your tact and diplomacy at work. 

Topics: Career Advice, Skills Development

Accounting Humor: It Does Exist

Posted by Tamara Stanley on August 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Nearly eight in 10 (79 percent) chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said an employee's sense of humor is important for fitting into the company's corporate culture. - See more at: http://accountemps.rhi.mediaroom.com/funny-business#sthash.mOiEI9il.dpufShttp://accountemps.rhi.mediaroom.com/funny-business

Accountant_humor_humor_at_workDo accountants have a sense of humor? Some think that finding an accountant's funny bone is as hard to uncover as a misplaced decimal point in a year-end balance sheet. We firmly disagree! We know accountants can let loose and showcase humor at work just like any other professional. And that's a good thing since 80 percent of CFOs say that having a sense of humor at work is important to fitting into a company's culture. (Though the guy in this cartoon may have taken his humor a bridge too far.)

Topics: Humor

Job Interview Attire: Looks That Kill (Your Chances)

Posted by Doug White on August 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM

How_to_Dress_for_a_Job_Interview_-_Aug22Fair or not, first impressions are largely based on appearances. And in a recent CareerBuilder survey, 53 percent of employers said dressing inappropriately is the most detrimental mistake job candidates make in interviews.

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

Small Company, Big Problem: How to Manage Toxic Employees

Posted by Accountemps on August 20, 2014 at 6:00 AM

toxic-employeesNegativity breeds more negativity. The actions of toxic employees have a detrimental effect on the entire workplace, and this is especially true in smaller organizations. The more intimate the workplace, the faster negative interpersonal issues can spread. Workplace conflicts and decreased office morale can disrupt productivity, alienate workers and have a catastrophic effect on your employee retention efforts.

Topics: Office Culture, Management Advice

It’s 3 p.m. Is Your Morality at Work Suffering?

Posted by Abby Welch on August 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Morality_at_work_CartoonI recently came across a study that found workers behave less ethically in the afternoon. The directors of the study said the “psychological depletion” people experience later in the day is to blame for their diminished morality at work. According to the study, stress, fatigue and repetitive tasks play a critical role in a person’s ability to make ethical decisions. Do you agree?

If you believe the study’s claims hold water, here are some pointers for maximizing your ethics at work:

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice, Humor

Employee Turnover Strategies: 4 Steps to Take When a Top Performer Leaves

Posted by Accountemps on August 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Employee_Turnover_Strategies_4_Steps_to_Take_When_a_Top_Performer_Leaves_-_Aug15You just found out one of your best employees is resigning. Join the club. Perhaps a sign of an improved economy, more people are pursuing greener pastures. In fact, more than 2.5 million American workers quit their jobs in May 2014, when the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey was released. True, your former employee will be a mere statistic in a BLS report, but make no mistake: watching a star walk out the door is bad news.

So, what should you do next? Here are four steps to take when a top-performing employee leaves:

Topics: Management Advice

Business Etiquette 101: Don't Clip Your Toenails in the Office

Posted by Doug White on August 13, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Business etiquette matters in the workplace. A lot. In fact, 85 percent of workers say being courteous to colleagues has an impact on a person’s career prospects, according to a recent Accountemps survey.

Here's an amusing video that should serve as a cautionary tale of how not to behave in an office environment:

 

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice, Video

5 Tips for Presentations that Inform and Persuade

Posted by Accountemps on August 11, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Presentation_skills_-_focus_on_public_speaking_-_Aug11Today’s accounting and finance professionals are taking on more strategic roles in their organizations and interacting more frequently with other departments. As a result, strong presentation skills are more critical than ever. It’s crucial that you know how to present compelling points, package information and explain technical information to non-financial stakeholders.

Simply knowing how to use presentation tools such as PowerPoint and Keynote isn’t enough; you need finely tuned public speaking skills as well. Here are five practical tips for boosting your presentation skills:

Topics: Career Advice, Skills Development

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