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Transitioning Out of Busy Season Without Becoming Too Busy, Again.

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on May 30, 2018 2:29:59 PM

Busy season has ended which is supposed to make it feel like you have all the free time in the world now, right? Then why does it feel like your responsibilities are stacking up and growing out of control?

The simple answer might be because you are letting them.

In the same way athletes gain weight after their season is over, accountants risk falling behind their work after busy season. The day to day goes from forced productivity, to a more lackadaisy office culture. Since the amount you have to do drops so drastically, the urgency to do work decreases too. Since 24 hours is feeling like a lot more without the busy season pressure, you start putting off responsibilities. It doesn't seem like a big deal and before you know it, you're behind.

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Tags: AICPA, office environment, accounting career

Is the 25 Hour Work Week a Possibility for the CPA?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on May 16, 2018 4:02:07 PM

If the thought of a five hour work day in the corporate world of business seems impossible, you should really take a look at what Collins SBA of Tasmania is doing to shake the industry norm. A simple look at their website shows a slightly different face than you'd expect from a Financial Advisory company. They don't mince words about their alternative approach either - along with titles of "advisor" or "director" are Hiker, Diver, Coach, Architect, and Cook. This simple recognition about some of the people who make up the company gives you an inside look at how the company views their employees.

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Tags: CPA Job Search, office environment, Accounting Career Advice, Business Leadership

The Trait You Need More Than Any Other To Succeed

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Apr 11, 2018 1:21:36 PM

Some think the little piece of paper hanging on their wall, the one with their alma mater's name, is the most important foot in the door to a successful career. Others believe their connections will take them to the places they want to go. Most are taught hard work, grit, intelligence, and putting in time is the key to success. While all those are important, they pale in comparison to the trait most successful people have - emotional intelligence.

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Tags: office environment, effective communication, CPA Career, accounting career, Business Leadership

Four Ways Accountants Can Make the Most of Their Office Layout

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Nov 13, 2017 12:24:50 PM

We all remember the episode of The Office where Jim creates a pencil barrier to keep Dwight's clutter off of his desk. This comical depiction of a shared workspace is good for a laugh but as office spaces become more open it brings to light that personal space is shrinking. You are much less likely to have a quiet area in which to work or call a client, and will find a little too much time is spent interacting with your peers that should be dedicated work time.

Brainstorming productivity around office layouts isn't exactly what accountants or CPA candidates normally focus on. We aren't interior designers and productivity around office layout can seem like high hanging fruit to HR. However, there are some simple suggestions you can make for the office at large and changes you can apply personally to combat shared or small workplaces.

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Tags: CPA Exam Prep, CPA Exam Tips, CPA Review Tips, office environment

Emails That Will Make Your Co-workers Hate You

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Nov 8, 2017 3:22:30 PM

Have you ever thought about how many digital communications you send in a day? Whether it's text, social media, or email, we all send countless messages during the week. Passive aggressive behavior, pointless status updates, or even cyber-bullying is obvious on social outlets, but we need to consider if our communication style to our co-workers makes us equally guilty perpetrators. 

It is easy to spot when its coming from others. We all hate the short and snappy comments in person, but when a message sits in our inbox, it festers and gets worse. We see it or are reminded of what that person said every time we open our inbox. The subject line seethes in red, waiting to raise your blood pressure and cause you to roll your eyes. But then again, how often have you done this? If you've sent any of these emails, you're likely the cause of the same stress you dread.

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Tags: Accounting News, AICPA, office environment, effective communication