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Finance Career Paths: CIA or CPA

Choosing a career path is a significant decision. While your ultimate choice may not be impossible to change at some point, the investment in time and energy is substantial. When you factor in potential student loan debt, it is clear this is a decision you want to get right the…

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MBA Careers: Finance Manager Responsibilities

In professional and personal life, wise stewardship of resources is vital. In the parable of the dishonest steward, Jesus said that “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have…

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Formal vs. Informal Mentoring

Only 33 percent of employees in the United States feel engaged in their workplace, according to Gallup’s 2017 State of the American Workplace Report. This is a 3 percent increase from recent years, a finding that has attracted comments that “not much has changed” for this metric. Since 2000, when…

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Career Planning, Trajectory and Momentum

A recent survey from ManpowerGroup Inc. revealed the strongest first-quarter hiring outlook in 10 years for U.S. employers. Of more than 11,500 employers surveyed, 21 percent planned to increase staff in the first quarter of 2018. After figures are seasonally adjusted, the net employment outlook is 19 percent, making it…

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Entrepreneurial Marketing vs. Traditional Marketing

Startup activity in 2016 continued an upward trend for the third year in a row, according to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship, which measures new business creation in the United States. In 2014, the index was at its lowest point in the last 20 years. But just three years later,…

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Basics of Production Planning

Production planning typically falls to production managers and those under them, such as supply and operations personnel, along with purchasing managers. However, it’s important for business administrators at all levels to understand this process, because production planning impacts several business areas. The following sections explain some of the basics of…

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Types of Performance Appraisal

Rethinking the employee performance review is at the top of many executive teams’ agendas, according to Harvard Business Review. Several factors account for this trend. One Deloitte manager said that the review process is “an investment of 1.8 million hours across the firm that didn’t fit our business needs anymore.”…

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Types of Organizational Communication

Organizational communication seems like a topic that businesses should concentrate on. However, according to research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), many companies are losing money due to poor communication. One survey of 400 companies with 100,000 employees cited an average loss per company of $62.4 million per year from…

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Employee Ownership: ESOP Pros and Cons

There are roughly 7,000 employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) covering about 14 million employees, according to the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). An ESOP is a type of retirement plan that invests primarily in company stock and holds its assets in a trust. This is the main vehicle for…

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An Online Marketer’s Guide to Audience Engagement

Effective content is crucial for audience engagement. Companies are increasing their content marketing efforts, according to Smart Insights, creating a more competitive environment for online marketers. More than 90 percent of companies are utilizing content marketing in 2017 75 percent of companies increased their content marketing budget in 2016 43…

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