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Determining the Strength of Your Leadership Development Efforts

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Sep 18, 2014 5:04:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-leadership-developmentIt’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.

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

Internal Audit Leaders: Are You Overlooking This Valuable Retention Tool?

Posted by Michael Weiss on Sep 17, 2014 4:37:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-career-path-discussions-retentionThe 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.

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

Financial Consulting: 4 Tips to Keep a Pulse on Business Trends

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Sep 15, 2014 1:57:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-keeping-pulse-business-trendsIt’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.

Topics: Career Advice, Consultants, Networking

Reality Check: Benchmarking Trends for Small Businesses

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Sep 10, 2014 3:59:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-benchmarking-small-business-trendsIn 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.

Topics: Financial Systems, Industry Trends, Accounting, Small Business, Finance, Compliance, Benchmarking, Financial Executives Research Foundation

Office Humor: There Are Some Things You Can't Get From the Cloud

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Sep 9, 2014 9:48:25 AM

Here'MRFAtoon-1331s 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.

Topics: Cloud Computing, Randy Glasbergen Comic

Round out Your Team With a Small Business Consultant

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Sep 8, 2014 4:29:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-small-business-consultant-1If 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.

Topics: Management Advice, Consultants, Small Business, Staff Management

4 Tips for Maintaining Productivity and Sanity During Tax Season

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Sep 4, 2014 5:31:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-maintaining-productivity-tax-seasonThese 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.

Topics: Career Advice, Management Advice, Tax

ERP, the Cloud and Excel: The Current State of Financial Systems

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Sep 3, 2014 4:55:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-financial-systemsToday, 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? 

Topics: Financial Systems, Industry Trends, Cloud Computing, Benchmarking, Financial Executives Research Foundation, ERP

Employee Retention, Meeting Distractions and Public Speaking: Popular Blog Posts

Posted by Kari Hulac on Sep 2, 2014 3:06:19 PM

14565350736_0c1456e0f8_zWe 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.

Topics: Career Advice, Meetings

Executive-Level Job Seekers: Are You Really Ready?

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Aug 26, 2014 9:26:00 AM

Senior_Executive_Level_Search_Job_Tips_HuntingThe 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.

Topics: Networking, Hiring Advice, Social Media, Nontechnical Skills, Job Search, Executive Search, Hiring Manager

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