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How to Create a Staffing Management Plan

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Oct 20, 2014 5:11:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-creating-staffing-management-planStaffing management means more than finding the right people to fill each position in your company. Like a coach assembling an all-star team, you need to make sure every star’s skills complement the others while also ensuring all the positions are filled and objectives met. With so many moving parts, where do you even start to create an effective strategy?

As a financial executive, staffing management is an integral part of your overall objectives and should include:

  • The type of staff needed and the required skills
  • How the staff will be acquired
  • How long the staff will be needed
  • The training needed and the training procedures
  • Start and end dates
  • Project timelines and budgets

Topics: Management Advice, Consultants, Hiring Advice, Staff Management

Keeping Your Network Active After Landing a Job

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Oct 16, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-keeping-your-network-activeThis post originally appeared on FEI Daily.

Many people think of networking largely as a job search tool. They fail to recognize its role in enhancing their long-term job security, professional stature and company’s growth.

Individuals with strong networks are often seen as more valuable by their organizations because they’re professionally active and well connected, and networking can be a valuable business development tool. In a Robert Half Management Resources survey, 60 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said business growth was the primary purpose of their professional networking activities (compared to 10 percent whose top goal was looking for a job).

Still, the reality is after landing a coveted position and putting in long hours trying to make a mark in a new workplace, networking can suddenly seem like a low priority. Before you relegate it to the bottom of your to-do list, consider these suggestions for easy ways to keep your networking efforts active, even as you work on establishing yourself in your new position.

Topics: Career Advice, Networking, Financial Executives International

Senior Business Systems Analysts: 5 Hiring and Salary Trends

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Oct 15, 2014 3:55:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-senior-business-systems-analyst-hiring-trendsIn today's job market, it a good time to keep your eyes open for career opportunities. If you’re wondering what to expect in 2015 as a senior business systems analyst, look no further: The annual Salary Guide from Robert Half offers a wealth of information on the hiring and compensation outlook.

Here are five trends you should know.

Topics: Salary Guide, Business Systems, Business Analyst, Compensation

What Your Company Needs to Know About Automated Financial Systems

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Oct 13, 2014 5:17:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-automated-financial-systemsTechnological advances in recent years have not bypassed finance and accounting. On the contrary, they've played a significant role in changing business dynamics.

Many companies are considering a shift to automated financial systems to better handle complex processes. Automated financial systems can streamline processes, help an organization meet its overall goals, and, ultimately, save time and money.

In Benchmarking the Accounting and Finance Function: 2014 from Robert Half and Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF), 24 percent of U.S. executives said they use third-party software for account reconciliation, more than double the number in last year’s survey. An additional 16 percent of respondents said they use an internally developed tool.

Topics: Financial Systems, Industry Trends, Benchmarking, Financial Executives Research Foundation

Office Humor: Sorry, But a Pay Raise is Better Than a Facebook Invite

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Oct 10, 2014 1:45:56 PM

mr1010-1Sorry, boss. While your employees might enjoy those Facebook pictures of your Hawaii vaca, adding them to your friends list isn't going to cut it when it comes to a salary increase, as this month's Randy Glasbergen cartoon suggests.

Topics: Salary Guide, Retention, Randy Glasbergen Comic, Compensation

Answer These 3 Questions When Hiring a Financial Analyst

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Oct 8, 2014 2:35:23 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-hiring-financial-analystThe increased demand for skilled financial professionals has resulted in a limited talent pool for many positions, including financial analysts. What should you consider when searching for an experienced financial analyst? Answer these three questions to help identify skilled candidates.

Topics: Salary Guide, Hiring Advice, Financial Analyst

Compliance Costs Are Rising: Here’s What to Do

Posted by Tim Hird on Oct 6, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-compliance-costs-risingIn today's regulatory environment, the compliance burden in the United States isn't expected to let up anytime soon. National regulatory standards were stringent before the financial crisis, and the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act created a whole new set of rules for the business sector. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is also generating a list of complex and sometimes shifting mandates and requirements.

This environment appears to be the new normal. Almost all (98 percent) of the U.S. financial executives surveyed for Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) and Robert Half’s Benchmarking the Accounting and Finance Function: 2014 believe their regulatory compliance burden will either increase or, at the very least, stay the same in the near future.

Topics: Management Advice, Industry Trends, Compliance, Benchmarking, Financial Executives Research Foundation

Succession Planning Lessons From Oracle’s Larry Ellison

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Oct 2, 2014 4:45:13 PM

1280px-Larry_Elllison_on_stageYou may have heard the news: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison recently stepped down after 37 years in the head post. His new role is as CTO and executive chairman of the company. By all accounts, the transition has been smooth, and, other than new titles for Ellison and a couple of other executives, it seems to be business as usual at Oracle.

But not every organization has succession planning as well-mapped as Oracle. According to a Robert Half Management Resources survey, 78 percent of CFOs haven’t identified a successor for their position. If no plans are in place, an executive transition or retirement announcement can spark power struggles, confusion, a dip in productivity and morale, turnover, and a host of other problems.

Here’s how you can follow Ellison’s lead and plan for an executive transition that causes as little disruption as possible:

Topics: Leadership, Succession Planning, Consulting, Oracle, Mark Hurd, Safra Catz, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Retirement, Microsoft

8 Steps for Strengthening Your Leadership Skills

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Oct 1, 2014 5:07:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-building-leadership-skillsGreat leaders have many qualities in common: They are strong communicators, adaptable, decisive and committed to learning. Continuing to strengthen your leadership skills can help you move toward a position of even greater responsibility in your organization and industry.

Here are eight steps to start enhancing your leadership skills today.

1. Look to role models.

Start by identifying leadership traits your company values. A good way to do this is observe other company leaders you admire to evaluate their styles.

Topics: Leadership, Professional Development, Soft Skills

4 Ways to Solve Disengagement Among Your Internal Auditors

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Sep 29, 2014 4:53:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-solve-disengagement-among-internal-auditorsDisengagement. It’s a problem that many companies don’t realize they have. According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report, only 13 percent of workers are engaged in their jobs. That means 87 percent of employees at the average company — your company, perhaps — have checked out. The problem is that these individuals can bring down morale, stifle innovation and lead an exodus of talent at a time when skilled professionals are increasingly hard to find.

The good news is that there is a solution. Robert Half recently hosted a webinar in conjunction with The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA), Show Them the Way: Using Employee Career Paths to Build, Improve and Retain Your Internal Audit Team, which examined how career planning and smarter staff management strategies can help organizations of all sizes re-engage their workforce.

Topics: Management Advice, Leadership, Professional Development, Audit, Paul McDonald, Staff Management, Retention, Millennials, Larry Harrington, The Institute of Internal Auditors

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