BV practices across the country are plunging headlong into one of the busiest times of the year. Our conversations with professionals reveal improved pipelines of work and increased optimism about the future.

The increase in work means that practices are stretched thin, and demand for experienced talent is back. In this issue, we focus on hiring and retention. First, we talk about how the talent demand has changed. Ellen Warden continues her series on developing compensation structures, one of the keys to retention. We alert you to the stagnation that you may not see, but that your employees will. Finally, some words of advice on the subject of reference checks when you hire.

We want you to get more out of this newsletter than the time you put into reading it. We welcome your comments and suggestions for information that would be useful in your practice. We also invite you to contribute material. Send us an email to: [email protected]

John Borrowman