Time for a Coffee Break?


SURVEY SAVVY

What’s the least productive time of day for employees? Accountemps put the question to 150 senior executives from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies. Of those surveyed, 33% said employee output was the lowest from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., while 29% cited noon to 2 p.m. as the most unproductive.

Accountemps Chairman Max Messner, in his book Managing Your Career for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons Inc.), offers a few tips for avoiding that afternoon lull: Tackle difficult tasks earlier in the day when your energy is at a peak, take a short walk outdoors, eat nutritious snacks and take a mental break for a few minutes.

PODCAST

What’s next for potential CPA licensure changes

A new model proposed by NASBA and the AICPA is designed with an eye on the future for newly licensed CPAs. The AICPA's Carl Mayes, CPA, provides background on the project and a look ahead to 2020.

VIDEO

What RPA is and how it works

Robotic process automation is like an Excel macro that can work on multiple applications, says Danielle Supkis Cheek, CPA. RPA can complete routine, repetitive tasks such as data entry, freeing up employee time from lower-level chores.