1. Enhance your career and hold on to your job

    February 15, 2011 by

    Susan H Ivancevich [1] a fellow of the Dixon Hughes Faculty and her colleagues, in a article aimed primarily at newly employed accountancy graduates, provide the following tips for holding on to a job enhancing a career:

    Best practices for new employees

    1. Volunteer for new assignments: employers appreciate employees that show initiative and that look for new assignments and responsibilities.
    2. Work as a team player: the new employee’s goal during the first two years in particular should be to do whatever it takes to earn recognition as being a valuable member of the team.
    3. Show a desire to learn: including reading trade journals in  clients' industries, studying new accounting standards, and asking questions concerning these in connection with job responsibilities.
    4. Display a positive attitude: arriving at work on time with a positive attitude can greatly benefit your career.
    5. Have a strong work ethic: going above and beyond requirements, demonstrating a willingness to work hard and putting in extra effort for the organisation.
    6. Ask good questions: ask questions when required taking care to do this in an appropriate way.
    7. Produce quality work: be committed to excellence, review work before submitting, ensure that it accomplishes what was requested.

    [1] R11063 Ivancevich, S H., Ivancevich, D. M., Roscher, R., (2010), The First Two Years of Employment: Strategies and Pitfalls, The CPA Journal, Vol 79, Iss 7, pp 69-73, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, New York

    Neil Crawford

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  2. China First in ISO 9001 & ISO14001 Certifications for 2009

    February 6, 2011 by

    ISO9001 use 2009

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the results of The ISO Survey of Certifications – 2009 about the global use and growth of ISO 9001, 14001, 16949, 13485, 27001 and 22000 standards.

    Despite Europe having acquired the most number of certifications, China is the leading country for ISO 9001 compliance, with a total of 257,076 certifications in the year 2009 alone.

    According to the ISO survey, China owns the highest number in the list of 10 countries for ISO 9001 certificates, with Italy coming in second having 130,066 certificates, or just a little above 50 percent of China’s overall amount.

    Previous years have witnessed China’s quick rise to the top; as early as 2000, China achieved Number One status moving up from third position. Other countries have remained constant: Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Others, like the Republic of Korea, are now experiencing a historic low after being recognized earlier as one of the top achievers; while the Czech Republic has completely disappeared from the list.

    ISO 9001 is an international standard for quality management systems. This translates to an assurance that an establishment or institution has passed quality requirements and to be able to demonstrate that they are managing their business so as to achieve consistent quality goods and services. The fact that China continues to hold the topmost position is an affirmation that the country is ramping up its quality standards.

    ISO14001 Growth 2009

    While the records have shown a historic boost in the issuance of ISO 9001 certifications worldwide, the same cannot be said of ISO 14001 certifications. ISO 14001 prescribes the standards for environmental management systems (EMS), or how economies would better handle the effects their industries have on the environment, and which measures to apply in order to practice effective environmental management.

    Close inspection of the annual growth chart will reveal a distinctly erratic rise and fall in ISO 14001 issuances. In recent years, however, the numbers have seemed to stabilize; in 2008, figures display a total of 34,243 certifications as compared to the year 2009’s subtle increase at 34,334. The leading country in terms of growth is, unsurprisingly, China.

    Currently, a new ISO/ITC handbook/CD package has been created to make ISO 14001 guidelines more comprehensible. Released at the start of the year 2011, its aim is to provide “an easy-to-use checklist for small business”, so that SMEs can achieve ISO 14001 certified status more quickly and more conveniently. It highlights the varying benefits of the certification, particularly in profitability and enhancing one’s corporate image. This could be ISO’s way of addressing the need to further raise environmental awareness.

    More information can be found at ISO Survey of Certifications – 2009 here

    Ahmed Abbas
    Benchmarking Researcher, BPIR.com