By The Numbers

Managers Play It Smart in Tight Labor Market

It’s harder than ever to find and retain good employees, so managers have been
using every resource at their disposal to maintain the quality and strength of their
workforce. Two surveys indicated managers relied more and more on recruiting firms,
executive assistants and counteroffers to meet their skill and head-count needs.

More than two-thirds of the 150 executives surveyed from the nation’s largest 1,000 companies said they got their best results using staffing companies to find qualified candidates. Preferred Method of Finding Qualified Candidates

Note: Executives were allowed multiple responses.

The overwhelming majority of the executives (91%) said their assistants’ opinions played an important part in their hiring decisions, up from 60% five years ago. Importance of Executive Assistant’s Opinion

In a survey of 1,400 CFOs, most said they probably would use counteroffers to retain good employees who have been offered jobs elsewhere. Likelihood of a Counteroffer

Source: Robert Half International Inc. and OfficeTeam, Menlo Park, California.


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.