Archive for Workplace Tips

It’s over, now what?

This time of year, there are a lot of stories about the preparation and aspirations of athletes leading up to the winter games, but what happens after? After living tightly scheduled life revolving around achieving a four-year goal, how do these athletes adapt to suddenly having free time and the ability to plan their own path? And better yet, how can you apply their experience to your own life after you’re let go from a job or leave one to pursue something else?

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Becoming a Gold Medalist

As some of the world’s top athletes compete in PyeongChang, there’s no doubt their audience will imagine what it takes to make it to that level. It’s a long and arduous path and it certainly takes an enormous amount of physical ability. But maybe you can take some lessons from these committed athletes and apply them to your own career in accounting and finance.

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Don’t Catfish Your Employer: Be Honest About Your Skills

Using “catfish” (or “catphish”) as a verb means to present false information about oneself online. Commonly used to begin romantic relationships online, it also applies to the working world. when job candidates intentionally misrepresent their skills/experience in pursuit of new positions, they are catfishing employers. In either case, it’s a very bad idea. CATFISHING CONSEQUENCES Law doesn’t specifically prohibit social catfishing, as it’s a relatively new situation.

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SPOTLIGHT: Baby Boomers in the Workforce

Baby Boomers have had an enormous impact on the workforce, and even though they are reaching traditional retirement age at the rate of about 10,000 per day, don’t expect their presence to end anytime soon. Boomers still make up a large segment of the population, and many of them are managers and business owners. So let’s shine the spotlight on Baby Boomers in the workforce. Baby Boomer statistics Baby Boomers represent the 75 million people born between 1946 and 1964.

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A Multigenerational Workforce: Spotlighting Gen X

Today’s American workforce has four distinct generations working side-by-side: Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, and Generation Z. For a company to succeed,
 all must coexist productively. Every generation offers distinctly different challenges, strengths
 & work styles. The key to working with 
a multigenerational workforce is understanding the needs & expectations of each generation to leverage
 the combined potential of the group. Gen Y (Millennials) and Gen Z are the talk of the town. But what about those that came before them?

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The Myth of the Job Hopping Millennial

Once upon a time, staying in a job for less than a year or two carried a huge stigma. It raised a red flag to potential employers about your seriousness, reliability, ability to work with a team and loyalty. Today, that logic is outdated. Switching jobs every few years is the norm, and it’s not just Millennials that are doing it. In fact, job hopping has become widely accepted. Fast Company recommends people switch jobs every three years for the rest of their lives.

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Productivity Faux Paus to Avoid

Life in the accounting and finance world is fast, hectic and constantly changing. This is especially true during high demand cyclical periods like tax season and year-end close, when the stakes only get higher, and the stress only gets worse. Creating an environment that encourages and facilitates performance, productivity and positivity amongst your employees is essential to making sure your business keeps pace. Unfortunately, many businesses stumble. This leads to workplace dysfunction.

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How To Position Yourself for a Promotion

You’ve probably worked with this person before. The one who rises through the ranks of the company with ease. While their ascent may appear effortless, they’ve most likely mastered the art of getting a promotion. If your annual review is approaching, don’t wait until the scheduled date to make your case. Act now to make sure when the time comes, there’s no doubt in your manager’s mind that you are ready for the next level.

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