Years ago if you asked partners in a local accounting firm what was the biggest problem facing the firm, you probably would get similar answers from most. The biggest problem for these firms was finding and retaining seasoned experienced professionals. This wasn't a temporary situation, but one that went on for a number of years.

The solutions that were tried included the offering of flex time, greater use of part-timers, higher salaries in some cases, and the offering of partner status to keep experienced staff from leaving.

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