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This Office Prank Takes the Cake

Posted by Doug White on April 1, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Plotting an office prank? Be careful you don't take the shenanigans too far. This office prank afficionado (and fridge bandit) was clearly hungry for trouble:  

 

Topics: Office Culture, Video, Humor

Accounting Humor: 8 Great Accountant Jokes

Posted by Accountemps on March 30, 2015 at 6:00 AM

April-1--April-Fools-JokesLast August, we asked you for your best accounting jokes, and boy, did you deliver. For weeks, you filled the comments section with one-liners, puns and several versions of the classic lightbulb joke. You made us laugh out loud, so we’re sharing eight of our favorites with you. Enjoy!

Topics: Humor

Get an Inside Look with Informational Interviews

Posted by Accountemps on March 27, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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Maybe you just graduated with a degree in finance, but you’re not quite sure which area you want to work in. Or perhaps you already have an accounting job, but you’re considering switching to a different type of position. Chances are you have plenty of questions. 

Informational interviews are a good way to get the answers you need to make your decision. Asking experienced professionals who have specialized expertise about their role and what it involves can give you real-world insights. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of an informational interview.

Topics: Career Advice, Networking, Job Search

Spread Your Tentacles: How to Network Like a Pro

Posted by Accountemps on March 25, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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Ever wonder how those über-connected, first-name-basis-with-everybody, got-the-governor-on-speed-dial kind of people got that way? One introduction at a time. Here’s how to do it yourself.

Topics: Career Advice, Networking, Job Search

6 Tips on How to be Humble at Work

Posted by Accountemps on March 23, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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Maybe you just landed a big promotion, or you nailed a high-profile project. Or perhaps you won a coveted company or industry award. Maybe you’ve just been performing so well that you’re now the boss’s go-to employee.

Whatever the cause, it’s your turn in the spotlight at work. It’s well-deserved, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy it. Just make sure you’re not enjoying it too much.

Topics: Office Culture, Career Advice

4 Tips for Keeping a Staff Resignation from Getting Awkward

Posted by Andrew Morris on March 20, 2015 at 6:00 AM

2015-101_AT_IMG_300x200_MarchBlog_NAM_ENG-Mar-20What do you do when your star hire steps into your office and informs you they’re quitting their job? Take a deep breath, accept their resignation letter graciously and use it as an opportunity to demonstrate your empathy and professionalism.

If you’ve invested emotion and energy throughout the mentoring process, an employee resignation can often leave you feeling betrayed. However, bringing your feelings into the equation can breed poor morale and unnecessary awkwardness. Here are four foolproof tips on how to handle a staff resignation.

Topics: Office Culture, Management Advice

Accounting Humor: Am I Seeing Things?

Posted by Accountemps on March 18, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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Topics: Tax, Humor

Professional Certifications: Pay Now, Reap the Benefits Later

Posted by Accountemps on March 16, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Companiesthatpayforprofessionalcertifications_thumbWarning: If your company does not reimburse employees for receiving or maintaining professional certifications, you risk losing them to organizations that do.

In a recent survey, 77 percent of accounting and finance professionals said their company pays for professional certifications, according to The People Puzzle: Building and Retaining a Talented Accounting and Finance Team, a joint report by Robert Half and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

If you’re not already doing so, consider making space in your budget for continuing education for your employees. Spending more, especially if your organization is trying to tighten its purse strings, may seem counterintuitive. However, establishing a career development program in which you subsidize or pay in full for employees to obtain and maintain important professional certifications can benefit the entire organization. Here’s why:

Topics: Retention, Management Advice, Skills Development

Beat the Heat: How to Avoid Work Burnout During Tax Season

Posted by Accountemps on March 13, 2015 at 6:00 AM

work_burnoutBurnout can strike any employee in any industry. But the risk of work burnout is especially high for accounting and finance professionals during tax season, when client demands intensify, workloads rise, and April 15 deadline pressure mounts.

Topics: Career Advice, Tax

What Workplace Perk Tops Employees’ Wish Lists? The Answer May Surprise Managers

Posted by Abby Welch on March 11, 2015 at 6:00 AM

WorkplacePerksDo you know what your employees want at work? According to an Accountemps study, managers and workers don't exactly see eye to eye on what employees value most.

In the survey, when asked which workplace perk they think their employees are most interested in receiving this year, 41 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) said better benefits, and 19 percent said more vacation days. However, in a separate survey, employees placed more vacation days at the top of their wish list (30 percent), just above better benefits (26 percent).

Topics: Retention, Management Advice, Infographic

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