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  • When recruiting employees, the best candidate may be right under your nose

    Searching for just the right candidate demands more time and patience than it did just a few years ago. In particular, recruiting employees who are high performers in their field can be tough, especially for positions requiring certain specialized skills.

    Even with new college and trade school graduates entering the workforce, an increased labor supply in some fields can’t meet the demand at a time of nearly full employment.

    If recruiting employees takes too long, internal projects can be delayed and workers picking up the slack can become resentful. So, word to the wise: don’t wait too long for the perfect candidate who may never turn up.

    Sometimes, great candidates aren’t too far away

    Though you might not realize it,  your best available candidate may already be under your roof, plugging away and doing excellent work. Don’t overlook talented employees who could be ready for more responsibility, or an expanded skill set, with a little training or development. With their proven loyalty and knowledge about your organization, they may be able to make a seamless transition to another position.

    Employees capable of taking on additional duties and authority are not always the ones who immediately come to mind. Identifying just the right person for your ... Read More

  • Busting Staffing Myths: The Truth About Recruiters

    Working with a staffing firm brings significant benefits. A recruiter can shorten the length of time needed to find an opportunity. They can help you sharpen your ability to land better positions and they will help you prepare for a placement, so you feel confident from day one.

    Still, many people remain misinformed about how staffing firms work. They worry about how an agency’s business model will impact the way it treats the candidates it’s looking to place.

    No one wants to be treated like an anonymous product. However, recruiters are incentivized to care about their candidates. It’s not just the right thing to do; it’s good business as well.

    Here are some of the top myths about working with a staffing agency, as well as the truth about what you should expect:

    Myth: A Recruiter Will Throw You Into Any Open Position

    A recruiter won’t just cycle you through open positions until you find one that sticks. Clients get annoyed when a staffing firm sends a candidate that doesn’t fit the situation.

    If a person shows up with the wrong skills, or if they leave before the end of the placement because they are dissatisfied with the situation, it reflects badly on the recruiter.

    Therefore, it’s ... Read More

  • Top 5 Accounting Trends

    Everyone thinks they know the most forward-looking industries. Web development, marketing, biotech, even media – all sectors people see as dedicated to constant, rapid change; sectors where executives live with unrelenting, extreme FOMO. They can’t miss out on the next big thing and survive.

    Accounting, meanwhile, seems comparably stable. To an outsider, the industry looks relatively stable – the pleasant Victorian mansion set among the city’s steel-and-glass skyscrapers.

    You know that’s not really the case. With your view from inside the industry, you understand the world of accounting is constantly changing. You need to be as attuned to changing market conditions as anyone in the technology or drug development fields.

    With that in mind, here are five trends to watch out for in the accounting industry going into the 2020s:

    Customization

    You’re used to getting exactly what you want every time you walk into a store or log in to your favorite retailer. That expectation has overwhelmed the accounting world as well.

    Your clients demand customized service. They want micro-targeting and increased communication, allowing them to achieve a result more well suited to their particular concerns and long-term development.

    This means you’ll need skills beyond vanilla accounting acumen. Expect a role with a lot of slashes in ... Read More

  • 7 ways to handle friction with co-workers (avoidance is not one of them)

    While some friction in the workplace is to be expected, too much is harmful to everyone involved, particularly if left unresolved. Conflicts between employees disrupt their work and that of colleagues who share the work environment. Ongoing disagreements can affect job performance and even the company’s productivity and bottom line.

    While most U.S. workers report involvement in workplace strife at times, more than a third say they deal with it often or always. In a typical week, employees spend, on average, about three hours handling conflict at work. That’s just 7 percent of the work week, but in terms of productivity, the costs are staggering, resulting in an estimated $360 billion in paid hours.*

    So, what’s causing all this workplace friction? Employees say mainly personality conflicts and warring egos, as well as stress and workloads. These may lead to angry outbursts and insults; nasty, behind-the-back comments; poor communications; procrastination on projects; and more.

    Other than avoiding people who rub us the wrong way—which doesn’t solve and often intensifies the problem—what can we do to resolve conflict at work?

    Try taking these steps to manage conflict with co-workers

    1. Ask yourself why the person bothers you. Be aware of what is setting you off. If dealing with ... Read More
  • Workplace mentoring benefits everyone—mentee, mentor, and their company

    In the “Odyssey” by Homer, Odysseus assigned the care and education of his son, Telemachus, to his trusted advisor Mentor. Borrowing from this ancient epic, today we use Mentor’s name to refer to someone who uses their knowledge to advise a less-experienced colleague.

    Over the last several decades, U.S. businesses have adopted mentoring as a training vehicle, mainly for young or new employees. Among Fortune 500 companies, 70 percent offer formal mentoring programs to employees.

    While some companies have structured mentoring processes, most smaller companies don’t. But mentoring new employees can take place without a formal program and with little to no expense.

    Mentorships can be an employee retention and recruiting tool

    Young or new employees can learn their jobs faster and expand their skill set if coached by  experienced mentors. Together, they can tackle issues related to problem-solving, communication, collaboration, networking, and more.

    Mentors get the satisfaction of using their knowledge to assist someone just starting out in their profession or a new position. They might benefit in other ways—many mentors report that they learn from their mentees. For example, mentors may learn about new technologies from younger employees.

    Companies with formal mentoring programs generally find they improve employee satisfaction among participants. This, in turn, ... Read More