Do You Have a Work from Home Policy in Place?

Working from home is becoming an increasingly popular choice for professionals at all levels. Remote working has a lot of benefits for both employers and employees, but only if done responsibly. It can lower the cost of overhead and allow employees to avoid a commute and be more efficient. Work from home options also increase overall satisfaction. But, it can be a risk if not managed correctly. Do you have a work from home policy in place? Here are several things to consider to make it successful for everyone.

Is Your Accounting Firm Ready for Tax Season?

Now that the holiday season is over, we can relax, right? Well, for any business that is primarily working in the accounting and finance industry, the first of the year means the start of tax season, so it is anything but relaxing. Between January and April, tax professionals are working hard for individual and corporate clients. So is your accounting firm ready to tackle tax season? Here are some tips to help you stay ahead of the game.

Holiday Parties: How They Can Represent Your Company Culture

As the song goes, this is the season to be jolly. And many companies work hard to ensure that they provide a fantastic year-end experience to their staff in the form of a holiday party. Whether your company prefers a small, intimate gathering or a huge formal blow-out will be largely dependent on your overall office culture. What is important is understanding just exactly how your office party can reflect who you are as a business and project your image to employees and their families. Here are some tips to ensure that your company party perfectly echoes your corporate culture.

Avoiding Stress this Holiday Season

It is that time of year again to spread holiday cheer. Time to listen to Christmas carols in every store and bake cookies. Time to buy presents, and wrap them. Decorate your home, go to school holiday events, and attend the office holiday party. It is truly a wonder that people have any time at all around the holidays.

That’s why December can be a stressful time for many.

Before you give in to feeling stressed and out of control this holiday season, consider these ways you can reduce your stress and be happier and healthier through the end of 2016.

How Does Gratitude Impact Your Workplace?

This time a year, as we begin to reflect on thankfulness and prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family, we often neglect the role of gratitude in our everyday lives. Expressing thanks shouldn’t be relegated to a single day of the year. And specifically, gratitude should be cultivated within the workplace to improve corporate culture, teamwork, and the quality of service. This week, as you get ready to eat turkey and watch football on Thursday, consider the role of thankfulness in your workplace and how you can be more thankful every day.

Culture Fit vs. Experience: Which is More Important?

Managers have to process a lot of information before making a hiring decision. After reviewing countless resumes, phone screening multiple candidates, and meeting with the top 3 or 5, it can be difficult to make the right decision. Even with intense preparation, the risk of a bad hire looms large over the process. So when it comes to deciding between the candidate’s cultural fit and their previous experience, which one should be weighed more heavily? Here are some things to consider.

Your New Employee Isn’t a Cultural Fit: What Now?

In spite of all your best efforts, sometimes a hiring mistake happens. They may have felt like the perfect choice throughout the interview process, but once they begin to work on the job you recognize how bad a fit they really are. Cultural fit is a top concept in today’s work place. And while some experts warn to be careful not to use cultural fit as a means to discrimination, used properly it ...

How Do Recruiters Hire for Cultural Fit?

Working with a recruiter can benefit either an employer or a candidate. But in today’s market, many companies are looking for new employees who are an excellent “cultural fit” with their office environment. How does a third party recruiter learn to source employees for an individual client’s cultural fit? How do they determine whether or not a candidate would work out well within a specific corporate culture? Here are some tips from the other side of the recruiting desk to help both employers and candidates see how this process works.

When is Hiring for Cultural Fit a Bad Thing?

Hiring for cultural fit is a big buzz in the HR and Recruiting communities. Companies want to know that their investment in an employee will be with someone who fits in well with their current staff and has similar personality patterns and motivations. And this is a fair assessment in most cases. But what happens when cultural fit is used inappropriately to keep out individuals who would otherwise be perfectly qualified for the position? Is cultural fit ever used as an excuse to discriminate? It sometimes is, and it is critical that companies understand the difference before they make an important hiring decision.

Why is Cultural Fit So Important in Your IT Department?

Each department within a corporation is part of an interdependent ecosystem. The departments all rely on one another for work to go smoothly so each aspect can perform their tasks appropriately. IT departments, which used to be a part of the unseen background, are now front as center as technology becomes integrated into every aspect of business. So, it is important to ensure that you are hiring the right people for your It jobs. Why is cultural fit so important in this department and how can you make sure you’re hiring the right people? Let’s take a closer look.

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