Posts Tagged ‘offer’

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The Offer

When you read the title, above, I bet you thought I was going to give you some helpful advice on making an employment offer to top candidates at the college level or experienced accountants. Wrong. I want you to consider making an offer to someone to leave.

Last week, I read an article on HBR about Amazon copying a practice used for many years by Zappos. Remember, Zappos is now owned by Amazon. It seems Jeff Bezos is adapting a practice developed and used by Tony Hsieh.

Zappos calls it “The Offer” and Amazon is calling their version “Pay to Quit.”

You have probably noticed, unhappy people make for unsuccessful companies (or CPA firms).  I think this commentary from the article could apply to many accounting firms:

As Bezos notes in his letter to shareholders, “in the long run, an employee staying somewhere they don’t want to be isn’t healthy for the employee or the company.” This is not, it should be stressed, an indictment of the organization or people who choose to leave. Great companies are great precisely because they stand for something special, different, distinctive. That means, almost by definition, that they are not for everybody. It takes a certain personality type to thrive in the extroverted almost theatrical, culture of Zappos, or the driven, no-nonsense culture of Amazon. If there isn’t the right fit, it makes perfect sense to quit.

Be sure to read the article, Why Amazon Is Copying Zappos and Paying Employees to Quit and note the last paragraph. How engaged are people at every level of your CPA firm? What would it take to persuade some of them to leave?

  • I don't want just words. If that's all you have for me, you'd better go.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

2013 Salaries Up For Accounting Graduates

I always get lots of questions about hiring activities within CPA firms.

The questions are usually along the lines of how do we stand out from our competition? What kind of recruiting activities have the best results? What can we do to be more visible on the college campus? And, the most often asked question, what salary should we offer a new college accounting graduate?

There were two good articles this week from the media:

$53,300: the Average Starting Salary for New Accounting Grads from AccountingWEB

Hiring, Salaries Up for Accounting Graduates from Accounting Tomorrow.

The data is based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2013 Spring Update Survey.

Check out the articles and be prepared for your 2013 recruiting season.

  • Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
  • Henry Ford