It’s no secret that good leadership is integral to the success of any organization. While some employees are born to lead, others need more guidance. As a manager, it’s your job to re-examine your staff management skills periodically to ensure they include leadership development.
Here are four questions to ask yourself to determine the strength of your leadership development efforts.
The current unemployment rate for auditors is below 3 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and with the improved job market, internal audit leaders need to tap every resource available to retain their star employees. One powerful – though sometimes overlooked – tool every manager should use is the career path discussion.
In a survey from our company, 85 percent of workers interviewed said knowing their career path is an important part of their job satisfaction. Working with your team members to develop career road maps gives them objectives to target and shows you are invested in their professional development. They’ll see a future with your organization, identify specific steps they need to take to move up and know their contributions are valued.
The Institute of Internal Auditors
It’s no secret that successful financial consulting requires staying on top of business and economic trends. You must be well-versed in factors affecting the business climate, such as compliance regulations, hiring trends and security risks.
As a financial consultant, how can you ensure you’re up to the minute on breaking developments that might impact your clients? Here are four tips to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening.
In today’s business and regulatory environments, smaller companies face many challenges. One of the best ways to see how your business stacks up against the competition is to review industry benchmarking trends.
Robert Half recently teamed with Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) to produce Benchmarking the Accounting & Finance Function: 2014. With information obtained from nearly 1,600 financial executives in the United States and Canada, the report covers a wide range of trends and industries.
Financial Executives Research Foundation
Here's a nice mid-week chuckle from our cartoonist Randy Glasbergen.
Wouldn't it be nice if the cloud did deliver some java? If you're a sci-fi fan, you might think such a thing isn't so far-fetched.
But for now, though the rise of cloud computing as a finance and accounting management system is a fact of life, you'll still have to get your coffee the old-fashioned way.
Randy Glasbergen Comic
If big changes are in the works at your small business — like an expansion or a merger or acquisition — you may need specialized expertise not readily available within your finance team. Or perhaps you need skilled talent on an interim basis while you search for additional hires.
To satisfy demand for specialized skills, many organizations turn to a consultant. Whether to augment the efforts of full-time staff or support a specific project, these professionals can step in quickly to help you manage increased workloads or a shift in business strategy.
These days, drugstores put out Halloween candy in August, and the malls are decked out in Thanksgiving hues even before fall arrives. Retailers may overdo it trying to get ahead of key dates, but tax accountants know April 15 can sneak up with little warning.
There's no need to panic, though. Here are four tips on how to manage your time and workload — and ease stress levels — during tax season.
Today, businesses are faced with myriad options when it comes to financial systems and overseeing day-to-day operations. Depending on its size and scope, a business may use an ERP system, manage operations and data in the cloud or rely on tried-and-true Excel.
Where does your system fall in line, and how do you know if it’s the most effective method of handling your needs?
Financial Executives Research Foundation,
We know busy accounting and finance managers might not always have time to keep up with their professional reading lists so each month we recap some of the most popular articles on the Robert Half Management Resources blog.
The top realms of the corporate pyramid might be a little lonelier than you’d think, when it comes to making a career move, that is.
Today’s executives often have a long track record of success and direct reports, from other executives to an entire department. But many of those contacts, as high-ranking or well-networked as they may be or seem, probably aren’t going to help a senior-level finance executive make a career jump to his or her next position. To get the word out, they will likely need to network with people outside of their existing company.