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Goodbye, Tax Season. Hello, Celebration!

Posted by Jane Irene Kelly on Apr 16, 2015 9:47:00 AM

RHMR_Blog_Tax_Season_Is_Over_Time_to_Celeberate_0415Congratulations: Your team made it through another tax season successfully — save for a few extra gray hairs and a touch of sleep deprivation. Now, it’s time to toss aside the calculators and spreadsheets (for a little while, anyway) and celebrate!

But what’s the best way to acknowledge your staff for a job well done? Here are three ways to show your gratitude for your employees’ achievements this tax season, and for being passionate about their profession all year long.

Topics: Tax, Staff Management, Retention, Tax Season, CPA, Employee Recognition, American Institute of CPAs

5 Top Regulatory Compliance Concerns in Financial Services

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Apr 15, 2015 8:53:56 AM

RHMR_Blog_Compliance_in_Banking_10.8Maintaining regulatory compliance is clearly a top and ongoing concern for financial services organizations. But recognizing the issue commonly proves far easier than successfully managing it.

To provide insight into the financial sector’s top regulatory compliance issues, we asked Richard White, division director of Robert Half Management Resources in San Francisco, to explain what the stakes are if your business is found noncompliant — and how to avoid that possibility.

Topics: Compliance, Financial Services

3 Directions to Take Your Business Analyst Career Path

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Apr 13, 2015 10:13:04 AM

RHMR_Blog_atypical_business_analyst_career_path_9.3Skills, experience and the desire for a new challenge: what you'll need to take your business analyst career path in a different direction. Consider exploring one of these three options when you’re ready to make a fresh start — and build on your current strengths and abilities.

Topics: Career Advice, Business Analyst, Consulting

3 Reasons CFOs Should Build a Strong Relationship With Their CIO

Posted by Jane Irene Kelly on Apr 9, 2015 9:55:04 AM

RHMR_0315_IMG_BlogMarch_Managing-the-CFO-CIO-relationship_NAM_ENGGiven the central role that technology plays in supporting modern businesses — and their finance functions — the chief financial officer and the chief information officer (CIO) need to form a productive partnership.

Here are just three reasons the CFO should strive to build a strong relationship with the CIO.

Topics: Technology, Leadership, CFOs, Information Technology

Are Your IT Audit Practices Keeping Pace With Risk?

Posted by David Brand on Apr 8, 2015 9:28:00 AM

Protiviti-ISACA-IT-Audit-Benchmarking-SurveyCompanies — large and small — leverage technology today to tackle virtually every process and function. But such dependence increases vulnerability to a host of risks: security, cyberattacks, privacy issues, data breaches, governance, asset management and much more.

Which leads to a critical question: Are IT audit practices keeping pace so that businesses are able to assess, monitor and mitigate these risks?

The answer will vary by organization, but important trends and deficiencies are highlighted in the fourth annual IT Audit Benchmarking Survey published jointly by Protiviti and ISACA, and discussed in detail in a recent webinar. The report identifies progress in establishing IT audit best practices, but also shows worrisome gaps and areas that need significant improvement.

Topics: Technology, Audit, Protiviti, Cloud Computing, IT Audit, ISACA

Reverse Mentoring: Turning Tables on Tradition

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Apr 7, 2015 11:21:00 AM

Robert-Half_Management-Resources-blog-reverse-mentoringMentoring has long been recognized as an effective workplace practice and positive experience — a way for veteran finance professionals to pass on industry and organizational knowledge to less-tenured colleagues. 

Now, more companies are turning the formula around with reverse mentoring, and finding it’s just as constructive to have expertise and insights flowing up the hierarchical ladder.

Topics: Management Advice, Professional Development, Staff Management, Retention

Regulatory Compliance: How to Help Your Finance Team Stay Up to Date

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Apr 2, 2015 10:21:11 AM


Today’s regulatory compliance environment is not only complex — it’s always evolving. Managing compliance initiatives is a significant challenge for chief financial officers, but the following four strategies can help you keep your accounting and finance teams up to date on need-to-know changes.

Topics: Compliance, Protiviti, Financial Executives International, Staff Management, American Institute of CPAs

Revenue Recognition: Ensuring a Smooth Transition to the New Standard

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Apr 1, 2015 9:20:00 AM

RHMR_0315_IMG_BlogMarch_Revenue-Recognition_NAM_ENGThe Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) recently issued and lengthy revenue recognition standard is intended to promote greater comparability of financial information across companies, industries and geographic areas. For many organizations, the new rules could mean significant modifications in the timing and amount of revenue recognition.

This accounting change won’t stop with financial reporting though. Its sweeping impacts will ripple through any operational team, process or system that contributes to or relies on revenue. This means your sales, tax and IT departments, among others, could be affected.

Topics: Protiviti, Financial Executives International, Financial Reporting, Revenue Recognition

A Move to Consulting Attractive for Most Financial Leaders

Posted by Michael Weiss on Mar 31, 2015 9:12:15 AM

512px-Ace_playing_cardsWhat does the future hold for today’s financial executives? The results of a recent Robert Half Management Resources survey indicate a move to consulting may be in the cards for many.

Topics: Career Advice, Consultants, Paul McDonald, Consulting

5 Ways to Acknowledge Your Accounting and Finance Staff

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Mar 30, 2015 9:42:57 AM


Managers know the importance of employee recognition in maintaining the morale, productivity and continuity of staff. It is a critical component of staff management. When your team understands that their work is valued and appreciated, they are motivated to perform at higher levels.

What are some of the best ways to acknowledge your team members? The People Puzzle: Building and Retaining a Talented Accounting and Finance Team from Robert Half and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) offers five strategies — both common sense and creative.

Topics: Management Advice, Staff Management, Employee Recognition, American Institute of CPAs

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