The official blog of Abacus Group — a place to share our knowledge and thoughts on trends in recruiting

August 28, 2013

A Week in Celebration of the Payroll Profession

September 2-6 marks National Payroll Week, an annual celebration recognizing the hard work of America’s payroll professionals.  Founded by the American Payroll Association (APA) in 1996, the campaign intentionally coincides with Labor Day, a federal holiday celebrating worker’s economic contributions to the U.S. Treasury, which are handled by payroll professionals. In addition to ensuring business’ compliance with relevant government regulations regarding compensation and withholding, payroll professionals directly provide U.S. workers with their livelihood, their paychecks. The payroll function is responsible for the administration of employees’ wages – the tangible affirmation of hard work.

August 21, 2013

Low Employee Engagement: More than Just Job Dissatisfaction


Earlier this summer, Gallup’s State of the American Workplace declared that 70% of U.S. employees are not engaged in their jobs. Following the report’s publication, the statistic received extensive press coverage, perhaps with insufficient acknowledgement of its alarming implications.  The many corresponding news headlines, which mostly condensed the Gallup study’s principal finding to statements about the majority of workers “hating their jobs,” make the figure seem trivial without further investigation.

August 13, 2013

Closing an Interview with Certainty and Confidence

One characteristic of an interview that is usually certain from a job seeker’s perspective is uncertainty. Seated before the hiring manager or HR representative in a face-to-face interview, a candidate isn’t able to fully gauge the thoughts of the interviewer. Although a candidate can observe the interviewer’s body language to make speculations about his or her performance, a clear-cut perception cannot be telepathically perceived during the time of the interview.

August 05, 2013

At a Glance: The State of the Accounting Profession

The outlook of the accounting profession continues to blossom. A June 2013 report from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) revealed that a record number of 40,000 accounting graduates were hired by public accounting firms in 2012, surpassing the previous all-time high of 36,000 set in 2007 – just prior to the financial crisis.