Year-End Impacts of the Affordable Care Act

It’s here! Q4 of 2015 is upon us, and for the very first time, companies with 50 or more employees are facing the administrative realities of the Affordable Care Act. Many companies are also addressing unexpected projects associated with the Affordable Care Act such as benefit plan overhauls, HRIS/technology upgrades, reorganization of staff and additional …

Redefining Monday

I was heading into work on a Friday morning and caught the end of a local public radio show that was examining how we look at our workweek versus the weekend. As an HR professional for a company that provides HR outsourcing solutions, I was instantly hooked. I couldn’t stop thinking about this show and …

Strategic Interviewing: Developing Your Recruiting Sixth Sense

As a seasoned recruiter, I am often asked how I know when a candidate is the right match for vcfo or for a client. As an experienced executive and finance recruiter, mostly it comes from experience. A skill developed over time through many, many hours spent meeting with candidates, either on the phone or in …

Sleep Soundly This Audit Season

As a business leader, time is often of the essence. Whether you need to implement quickly or want to free up your employees for other projects, it can be difficult to make the decision to invest additional time and resources into an already labor-intensive project like an audit. However, that extra investment into preparing for …

Top 5 Benefits of Using Fractional CIO Consultants

Successful businesses today recognize the importance of aligning corporate objectives and company growth plans with technology strategies. However, not all companies require a full-time, permanent internal IT or technology team. Instead, many businesses have come to recognize they can leverage fractional CIO consultants to develop and implement technology business strategy. What is a fractional CIO? …

Just Say No to Failure

When a company hits turbulent times, there will likely be people on the sidelines advising you that it is time to throw in the towel, give up or shut it down. However, the companies that survive are usually the ones that don’t hear the noise and refuse to accept the negativity. These companies will change …

Why Good Communication is Vital for Turnaround Companies

Everyone wants to communicate good news. We want to hear positive feedback and maybe a few accolades for a job well done, but what happens when you have to share poor news or just plain bad news? Did your communication skills just slip out the back door? Did your self-esteem slide out with them? So …

Expense Planning: Understanding the Sensibility of Cash

Recently, I presented the webinar, “Expense Planning: Understanding the Sensibility of Cash.” We covered a variety of topics, including expense characteristics, where expenses are found, expense types for planning and planning methodologies. Expense Characteristics While all companies strive to minimize expenses wherever possible, business can operate within varying cost structures. Yet regardless of the cost …

Ideal Qualities of a Turnaround Interim CFO

In today’s economic climate, interim CFOs tasked with a business turnaround must immediately consider whether the company has sufficient resources to withstand a downturn. They must ask, “Can the company withstand a serious competitive attack and respond by funding alternative investments to ensure survival and growth?” Essential qualities of an interim CFO are  substantial change management …

Understanding the Technology Value Lifecycle Approach

Technology risk exists on many levels, but so does opportunity. This opportunity comes in the form of the recognition of real value from technology investment and utilization through improved employee efficiency, information sharing and collaboration, and culture. Individually in our personal lives, we are quick to select apps from our respective app stores, which we …