Employers Should Focus on Simple Pleasures, Survey Finds

Fifty percent of American workers spend about $1,000 per year on coffee. Sixty-six percent buy their lunch instead of packing it, costing them about $2,000 a year.

These statistics from a recent Accounting Principals survey show even the small things add up for consumers. So how can your company help your employees cut down on these expenses and keep them happy?

Twenty-five percent of Americans surveyed said the would like their company to invest in better vending machine snacks, and 22 percent would like their company to invest in better coffee in the office.

In addition, 46 percent of employees say their companies should invest in better office equipment, and 32 percent would like more comfortable office chairs, according to the survey.

“As the recovery gains momentum and companies look to attract and retain talent, they should consider worrying less about big-ticket discounts and focus instead on what will impact their employees’ happiness every day,” said Jodi Chavez, senior vice president at Accounting Principals. “Small improvements around the office, such as better equipment, food and drinks, can make a big difference in workers’ morale. After all it is often the little things in life that tend to make people the happiest.”

Finance Professionals Optimistic About 2012, Survey Says

A recent survey conducted by finance and accounting staffing firm Accounting Principals found a majority of financial professionals expressed cautious optimism about 2012 growth, with improvements expected in the overall economy and the performance of their individual companies.

According to the survey, 67 percent of finance professionals said they expected their company to win new business in the coming year, with 60 percent anticipating expansion into new markets and 54 percent planning to invest in new products.

Janette Marx, senior vice president of Accounting Principals, said in a press release that the staffing firm found it reassuring that financial professionals are anticipating growth next year, particularly as this could mean an increase in available jobs.

“These findings not only indicate that there will be business growth in the year ahead, but more importantly, it means there will be additional jobs created in 2012, especially for the accounting and finance profession,” she explained. “Every time new business is won or a company expands into new markets, accounting professionals are needed to analyze the financials, assess the risks and ensure their company complies with regulations.”

To read more about the survey and its findings, click here to read the press release.