May 2020

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Datin Yap Shin Siang FCPA, CEO of YYC Group. Photo: Vignes Balasingham.

How Datin Yap Shin Siang FCPA became a brand ambassador for YYC Group


A health worker talks to visitors at a COVID-19 testing centre in Sydney. Australia’s unemployment benefit offices and charities face pressure amid fears of an economic crisis akin to the Great Depression.

Charity regulatory reform gains momentum


Michael Kambouridis CPA and Selda Kaplan ASA.

Rideshare tax: Simplifying the process


Too many organisations are not taking the time to make sure their employees are developing soft skills, and too few organisations reward soft skills.

Can you learn soft skills?


Steven Groves FCPA, CFO Department of Defence. Photo: Anthony Geernaert.

Steven Groves FCPA: Big budgets and bold moves


By and large, a budget is the expected financial quantification of a company’s goals, ideally based on a considered reflection of its circumstances.

Budget forecasting in the COVID-19 era


Are special purpose financial statements still required in Australia?


Good listeners listen to try to make sense for themselves; great listeners help the speaker make sense for them.

Why the cost of not listening is bigger than you think


Tan Bing-Xuan CPA (left) and June Teoh Chun Keng FCPA. Photo: Vignes Balasingham.

How Tan Bing-Xuan CPA is committed to professionalism at KPMG Malaysia


The firms that succeed in adopting the right technologies and adapting to flexible work arrangements are likely to be better able to weather the current crisis.

Top tech tools to help you work from home


Professionals in the US spend an average of 38 minutes in a teleconference, with 13 of those minutes wasted on unnecessary interruptions and distractions.

How to run a successful teleconference


In recent years, CSR has cemented its place as a mainstream business philosophy, as companies react to falling public confidence in them.

Corporate social responsibility: How can companies take a stance?


Virtual assistants. Voice bots. AI bots. These terms are used interchangeably. Simply put, chatbots are “computer programs that can engage in human-like conversations by text and voice.

What a chatbot can do for your business


Kevin Latta FCPA was born into an accounting family, and developed an understanding of finance from an early age. At the age of 33, Latta’s life would be forever changed.

Kevin Latta FCPA: The numbers man who beat the odds


In the last five years, Alan FitzGerald has seen a change in the relationship between the accountant and the client because of the technology gap.

Accounting technology: Closing the client gap


There’s a solid and growing database of valid and reliable research that has found that happy workers are better workers.

5 ways to be happier at work


The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.

Foldable smartphones: Here to stay?


Dealing with dynamic arrays in Excel


What does crisis management look like when conventional wisdom seems hopelessly inadequate?

Triple threat: Leading in the age of COVID-19


Making staff wellbeing a priority is a mark of all good organisations, and part of that is regular communication around relevant issues.

Mental health in a roving workforce