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How Cost Accounting Helps Businesses Measure Performance - Sep. 01, 2022

How Cost Accounting Helps Businesses Measure PerformanceCost accounting is a type of accounting that analyzes a business’ complete production costs by looking at both variable and fixed costs. This includes the concepts of marginal costing, lean accounting, standard costing and activity-based costing. It’s used by a business’ management to evaluate fixed and variable costs involved in the manufacturing operations. The initial […] read more

How Businesses Can Mitigate Inflation & Maintain Pricing Power - Aug. 01, 2022

How Businesses Can Mitigate Inflation & Maintain Pricing PowerWhether it’s tariffs, trade wars or post-pandemic inflation caused by kink-ridden supply chains and what many experts believe to be excess money printing, inflation is an insidious drag on businesses’ operations. When it comes to energy’s contribution to inflation, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that crude and natural gas prices in 2022 have […] read more

Measuring the Margins - Jul. 01, 2022

Measuring the MarginsCorporate profits, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, grew by $20.4 billion in the final quarter of 2021, a 0.7 percent increase. For the first quarter of 2022, corporate profits fell by 2.3 percent or $66.4 billion. On an annualized basis, corporate profits fell 5.2 percent in 2022, but grew 25 percent in 2021. […] read more

How to Calculate the Cash Conversion Cycle - Jun. 01, 2022

The Cash Conversion Cycle, also known as the Net Operating Cycle, answers the question, “How many days does it take a company to pay for and generate cash from the sales of its inventory?” However, before an analysis like this can take place, it’s important to consider the company’s primary line of business. If the […] read more

Combating Employee Hesitancy to Return to the Office - May. 01, 2022

Combating Employee Hesitancy to Return to the OfficeAccording to the January 2022 Future Forum Pulse survey, there’s been a shift in what workers want post-pandemic. The report found that in Q4 of 2021, 78 percent of workers from six industrialized companies wanted location flexibility. The survey also found that 95 percent desired schedule flexibility. This is in light of the same survey […] read more

Considerations When Selling a Business - Apr. 01, 2022

Considerations When Selling a BusinessAccording to the U.S. Small Business Administration and Project Equality, 60 percent of business owners plan to cash out of the business in the next 10 years. For the baby boomer generation, it’s especially important as they contemplate retirement, with this generation reportedly owning 2.3 million businesses. When it comes to getting a business ready […] read more

How Businesses Can Stay Current with the Digital Economy - Mar. 01, 2022

How Businesses Can Stay Current with the Digital EconomyAccording to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the level of usage and data swirling around the internet is expanding at an accelerating pace. The amount of data on the internet globally during 2020 amounted to 3 trillion gigabytes; and 2022’s traffic is expected to increase to 4.5 trillion gigabytes. As a result, the U.S. Chamber […] read more

What's the Future for Measuring Employee Performance? - Feb. 01, 2022

What's the Future for Measuring Employee Performance?Yearly performance evaluations just might be heading out the door, according to a recent WorkHuman Analytics & Research Institute Survey. Findings reveal that these appraisals are less than effective and used less often. Based on select findings, 55 percent of employees responded that yearly evaluations don’t help them become better in their role. Almost as […] read more

How Businesses Can Combat Inflation's Toll - Jan. 01, 2022

How Businesses Can Combat Inflation's TollAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Producer Price Index (PPI) or the increase in prices, goods and services that producers experienced for their input costs, saw a substantial rise, according to its latest report issued on Dec. 14. For November 2021, the PPI grew by 0.8 percent. For the past year […] read more

How Businesses Can Recognize and Combat Employee Burnout - Dec. 01, 2021

How Businesses Can Recognize and Combat Employee BurnoutAccording to the job site Indeed, COVID-19 has taken a toll on workers even more in 2021, compared to 2020. The survey conducted by Indeed found that 52 percent of those surveyed felt “burned out” in 2021. Sixty-seven percent of those asked said that feeling burned out has become more pronounced as COVID-19 has progressed. […] read more