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Apr 01
2011

Why executive compensation needs non-financial incentives

Posted by annearf in financial incentivescompensationcareer/management

annearf

How to design executive compensation that improves performance without encouraging unethical behavior?

According to Adam Grant and Jitendra Singh, two management professors at the Wharton School of Management, the answer is to include in the mix a hefty portion of non-financial incentives that have a powerful effect on behavior.

Mar 31
2011

More companies say bad ethics cost them business

Posted by Stephen Taub in RiskethicsDow JonesDealscompliancebribery

Stephen Taub

Potential ethical issues are playing a major role among US companies that conduct business overseas.

According to a new survey, the number of companies claiming to have lost business due to competitors acting unethically has surged to 40 percent from just 10 percent as recently as 2009.

Mar 30
2011

Poor manager training, cluelessness could cause employee defections

Posted by annearf in managersemployee loyaltycareer/managementbosses

annearf

Are employers especially clueless these days? Or unprepared for the demands of their jobs? A few studies indicate the answer is "yes".

First a study by Harris Interactive for CareerBuilder found that 26 percent of managers say they were unprepared to become bosses. A whopping 58 percent never received any training to help them in the transition. The survey was conducted among 2,482 US employers and 3,910 employees.

Mar 30
2011

CEOs more upbeat about growth, jobs

Posted by Stephen Taub in jobsCEOsCashCareers/Managementcapital spendcapital expendituresBusiness Roundtable

Stephen Taub

CEOs continued to grow more upbeat about the overall economy and their own company's prospects.

According to the results of Business Roundtable's first quarter 2011 CEO Economic Outlook Survey member CEOs estimate real GDP will grow by 2.9 percent in 2011, an increase from the 2.5 percent expected in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Mar 29
2011

Overworked employees looking to leave

Posted by Stephen Taub in MetLifejob securityemployee benefitsCareers/Managementbenefits

Stephen Taub

Employers, beware. Your overworked employees may not be around much longer.

Once they sense the job market has improved, they plan to bolt and let the door close on their immediate boss.

Mar 28
2011

Commercial insurance prices remain flat

Posted by Stephen Taub in professional liabilityinsurancedirectors and officers liabilitycommercial propertycommercial insuranceCash

Stephen Taub

Commercial insurance prices remained flat for the eighth consecutive quarter, according to Towers Watson's most recent Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey (CLIPS).

At the same time, accident-year loss ratios deteriorated relative to the same period in the prior 12 months.

Mar 25
2011

Time and technology worry CFOs the most

Posted by annearf in time managementTechnologyfinancial executivesCFOscareer/management

annearf

What do CFOs worry about the most?  What's their biggest challenge?

The answer: time management and keeping up with changing technology, according to a study from Robert Half Management Resources.

Mar 25
2011

Cracking down on travel (T&E) spend

Posted by dbedell in Technology

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One of the many areas that companies have focused on for cost-cutting initiatives is spend on travel and entertainment (T&E). Manual T&E management is one of the largest drivers of inefficiency as it reduces visibility, accuracy and timeliness of spend information, according to a survey by Paystream Advisors.

Moving away from manual processes and onto an automated spend management system can help not just large firms with complex T&E spend, but also medium and small firms looking to gain greater clarity into where their costs are in terms of corporate travel and entertainment. Such a system can illuminate how effective travel policies are and where they can be enhanced, travel policy enforcement, and ultimately it can reduce time and money spent on travel spending.

Mar 25
2011

Finance and accounting outsourcing to grow 15-20 percent

Posted by Stephen Taub in Record to ReportR2RProcure to PayP2PoutsourcingOrder to CashO2CFinance and accounting outsourcingCashCareers/Management

Stephen Taub
Finance and accounting outsourcing is surging once again.

Annual contract value (ACV) for this specialized category of outsourcing is expected to grow by 15 percent to 20 percent this year, to more than $4 billion, according to the Everest Group.

This growth comes on the heels of a 15 percent increase in 2010, suggesting the market is surging once again.

In 2008 and 2009, ACV growth was closer to 10 percent, reflecting the weaker overall economy.

Mar 24
2011

401(k) matching still slow to return: Study

Posted by Stephen Taub in Grant ThorntonCashCareers/Management401k

Stephen Taub

As the economy continues to improve and the stock market continues on its upward path, employees no doubt are wondering whether their companies are planning to restore their matches for 401(k) plans.

A new comprehensive study by Grant Thornton, however, does not shed much encouragement for workers.

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