Make the Connection at the IMA Texas Annual Conference – Pre- Conference Event, Thursday, April 27, 2017

Join Randy Dean, MBA – The E-mail Sanity Expert® – for a powerful day of productivity skills development on time, project, people, e-mail, and device/smart phone management!

Randy is the author of the recent Amazon.com e-mail bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast, and is also one of the most popular speakers on time, e-mail, and related technology management in the U.S. and abroad. Come join him as he provides numerous tips, tricks, and strategies for better managing your time, project, people, ideas, e-mail, information, and smart phone/tablet devices! Most attendees to Randy’s programs walk away with a slew of new tips, strategies and techniques with tools like Outlook, Gmail/Google, and their smart phone/tablet devices for increased productivity, reduced distraction, and better overall performance.
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Economic Growth Will Tighten the Labor Market

The United States recovery is well underway and economic growth in the Dallas Metropolitan area has been picking up. As economic growth continues, hiring managers will find themselves under increasing pressure to both find top-notch candidates and to retain their own staff.

Texas’s Economy is Strengthening
The Dallas metropolitan economy has reported moderate growth in the previous 6 weeks, while nationally hiring has picked up. This could lead to increasingly tight labor markets as the national economy continues to recover and more applicants are absorbed amid increased corporate hiring. Given that Dallas’s unemployment rate is currently at only 6.4 percent, local hiring managers should plan carefully for an increasingly tight labor pool.
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Finding the Best Accounting and Finance Talent

While the national unemployment rate remains high at 7.7 percent, the unemployment rate among accountants is only 4.2%. With such a tight labor market many human resource managers are finding it difficult to fill accounting and finance vacancies.

Competing for local college graduates with accounting degrees can be tough, especially if you are not one of the Big 4 accounting firms. It can be done, however, with some clever planning and effort. Having clever recruiting and staffing practices is essential for small companies who cannot engage in national searches and cannot afford to pay top dollar for recruits.
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Do you need CPE, but can’t attend Dallas Fort Worth Area IMA dinner meetings?

Starting with the March 21st meeting, the Dallas Fort Worth Area Chapter is pleased to offer live simulcasts of our meetings, subject to speaker approval. When members cannot attend the physical meeting, they will have the opportunity to watch the presentation in streaming video and earn CPE. Initially, during the startup phase, there will be no charge for members who participate; however, longer term there will be a charge (amount is yet to be determined). The presentations will not be recorded; consequently, they will only be available during the live simulcast.

Participants will be required to register in advance (by March 15th for this month’s meeting). Those who do will receive the link and instructions for joining the meeting. CPE will be available for those who participate for
the required amount of time and confirm their participation at various points in the presentation. More details will be available on the website and in the meeting notices.

Please be aware that bandwidth and security limitations of your internet connection may prevent you from participating and earning CPE. Please let us know if and when that happens.
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Building an inspiring and Comfortable Office Space

People are effected by their physical surroundings. That is why many cutting edge companies like Google and Apple maintain expansive campuses with facilities that rival the best private clubs and gyms. Maintaining a comfortable and inviting work space is now essential for increasing productivity and retaining talent. While upgrading offices will require a financial investment the bottom line could improve and you will be more likely to retain your best employees.

Not every company is in the position to build an elaborate campus but that doesn’t mean that a manager can’t improve the office space through less expensive and extensive means. For example, studies have suggested that employees work better in natural light than under artificial light. Selecting an office with a lot of windows and natural lighting can also increase productivity and create a more welcoming work environment. Switching your light bulbs to softer bulbs can also increase productivity and make employees happier. Read More

Creating a Happy and Productive Work Environment

Retaining your employees is essential for ensuring stability and protecting the bottom line. For one, every time an employee leaves you lose valuable skills. Further, training new employees takes time and can cause disruptions in work flows. As such, it is essential to keep your staff happy and committed to your company.

Despite what you might think money is not the only factor for keeping employees committed to your company. Yes, financial considerations will always be important for your employees and no amount of non-monetary rewards will keep employees committed if they are unable to enjoy financial security. Still, once employees are financially secure non-monetary benefits can be very effective in increasing employee retention.

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IBM Finance Forum Coming to 18 Cities

IMA members: register now. The forum is complimentary, but space is limited.

In today’s business world, heightened uncertainly and risk are normal. Volatility in such areas as consumer demand, commodity prices, and exchange rates makes it difficult to pinpoint how to drive profitable growth. To stay competitive, finance organizations must adapt by weaving new analytics tools and disciplines into the fabric of their business. That’s why your attendance at IBM Finance Forum 2013 is so important.

Register today.

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Taking Care of Your Employees

Retaining talent is one of the most important things any manager can do. Finding the right workers who fit your company and its culture can be a difficult and time consuming task. Not to mention training new employees and setting up benefit plans, such as 401Ks, can eat up time and resources. For these reasons and more it is important to retain your talent.

One of the most important things a manager can do is take to care of their employees and this goes far beyond just pay. Taking care of your employees means developing holistic policies that can increase their emotional, physical, and yes, financial well-being. By developing such policies you will retain your best staff and ensure a productive work environment. Read More

Is Finding a New Job Your New Year’s Resolution?

2012 has come and gone and now 2013 has arrived. Many people have made New Year’s resolutions and it’s a safe bet that many of these resolutions involve finding a new job. Across the world millions of people are still unemployed or working part-time while looking for a full-time job. Others are simply unhappy with their career and are looking for a fresh start. While finding a new job in a stagnant economy can be a tough task there are numerous steps you can take to improve your likelihood of success.

The first step is remaining upbeat and dedicated to your job hunt. When there’s a high unemployment rate most open positions will receive many, many resumes. You will most likely have to apply to dozens of jobs before you find the right fit but the harder and longer you search the more likely you will be successful. Read More