April 2023 Issue
Shortchanged: Accountants alarmed at lack of incoming candidates
The dearth of incoming certified accountants is a problem that many firms say they saw coming.
“The shortage has been coming for some time,” said Chris Kindlinger, president of Kindlinger & Company.
There are a number of reasons for the decline in the numbers: the retirement of the baby boomers, fewer people entering the industry, and the Great Resignation, where the pandemic hastened people’s job exit plans across many industries.
The Wall Street Journal reports more than 300,000 U.S. accountants and auditors have left their jobs in the past two years. That’s a 17% decline, which the dwindling number of …
Building a Future: Pressure on the construction industry sparks creative measures
There’s plenty of room to grow in the construction field.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nationwide about 723,400 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs from 2021 to 2031 for construction and extraction occupations.
Overall construction employment is projected to grow 4% in that decade, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations.
There’s more momentum locally. Rob Dickinson, business services regional director …
High and Mighty: Employees navigate the ins and outs of cannabis use
Cannabis is a growing legal business in Michigan that is also illegal at the federal level.This duality is prompting many employers to take a closer look at their policies and procedures.
“For anybody in HR … it’s been looming for a while,” said Rob Hanel, director of people and space at TentCraft.
Hanel is also president of the Traverse Area Human Resource Association. As such, he's aware of what's happening in various industries. …
Employee Monitoring: Brave new horizon or dangerous new precedent?
The ability to track employees has reached new heights. The software, programs and technology to track employee activity, movement and productivity are Orwellian.
You can track your employees down to the keystroke with the right people and technology. You can tell how often employees touch their keypads, how many words per minute they type, what they print, and how often they pause. You can track IP addresses and GPS locations to know where employees work …
Safe as Houses: Program addresses home repairs for low, moderate income families
From wintry winds leaching the heat from homes to April showers dripping through a leaky roof, the vagaries of Michigan’s weather pose an ongoing challenge to homes. Those without the financial means to address such problems not only see the value of their home diminish but may suffer health problems …