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Best Practices: Ways to Manage Workplace Conflict Better

Published July 15, 2021

Conflict in the workplace is unavoidable. Here are nine tips to help you best navigate workplace disagreements. 1. Avoid editorializing and exaggerating during the discussion. Focus on the facts as well as potential solutions. It’s about the end game, not how you got to where you are. 2. Conduct individual chats. Then strategically attempt to identify common interests and expectations. 3. Create opportunities for healthy conflict.

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Best Practices: 6 Tips for Writing Better Emails

Published June 22, 2021

Writing clear, concise emails is a skill that's even more critical now with so many of our communications taking place online. The rise in remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic led to an increased volume of email, a Harvard Business School study found. Making those emails direct and easy to read can help lessen the burden on your colleagues. Also, as Seth Serhienko, CPA, audit manager at Widmer Roel in Fargo, N.D., pointed out, when you work ...

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Best Practices: 6 Strategies for Leading Through Uncertainty

Published May 10, 2021

If there was ever any doubt about the importance of a leader’s ability to navigate change, uncertainty, and disruption, the emergence of the global pandemic in 2020 made this necessity abundantly clear. And while we all hope to avoid future pandemics, one thing is certain — we cannot avoid ever-increasing complexity. The leaders we work with often report feeling stuck, ill-equipped, or overwhelmed as they face the growing challenges ...

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Email Etiquette

Published March 10, 2021

While email is the most expeditious way to communicate, we have to be mindful and thoughtful about what we choose to share before clicking send. Additionally, the sheer volume of messages we're reading and writing each day can be overwhelming. Here is a list of email etiquette tips you should practice daily. Remember that nothing is truly ‘confidential’ in an email One of the most valuable pieces of advice received during my career ...

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Virtual Accounting: How to Succeed Remotely

Published March 10, 2021

The coronavirus has changed the business landscape significantly. Many accounting firm leaders, who were once reluctant to allow employees to work from home or other locations, now realize the value of a remote workforce, especially when it comes to recruiting and retaining talent. But working remotely can also create challenges, such as communicating with and managing employees, setting up necessary technology, and establishing and enforcing ...

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