n can play a major role in a professional’s decision
to choose an employer. Deloitte recently surveyed more
than 1,300 full-time employees across the United States
and found that an inclusive culture is key to both hiring
and retaining talent.
is an important factor in choosing an
would leave or
may consider leaving an organization
for one that has more of the inclusive
aspects they desire; and nearly
25 percent have already done just that.
Among millennials, these figures are
53 percent and 30 percent respectively.
a previous employer for not feeling
comfortable speaking up and
expressing opinions; not experiencing
inclusive day-to-day interactions;
and not being in an environment that
provided a sense of purpose or impact.
environment that makes people feel
comfortable being themselves” as
one of their top three most important
attributes of an inclusive workplace.
percent believe senior
leadership has the biggest influence in
building an inclusive culture, yet nearly
the same amount say everyone has a
role to play.
organization with leadership that
consistently demonstrates inclusive
behaviors over an organization that
offers numerous initiatives.
How to give good
feedback at work
Feedback is not, in and of itself, just praise or
criticism. Employees want feedback because
it gives them reassurance or fresh direction
by letting them know whether they’re doing
the right thing and doing it correctly. This tells
them how to work smarter. Feedback also
motivates. It lets people know that their
work is appreciated. Here are questions
to ask yourself before giving feedback to
• Is the employee ready to hear
about job performance?
• Have I given enough positive feedback
recently? Will he or she be receptive
to what I say now?
• What, exactly, would I like the employee
to do differently?
• Can this feedback help the employee
improve his or her performance, or is it
• Are there blaming labels that I need to
avoid using when I give this feedback?
• Where should I give the feedback?
• When should I give the feedback? (Am I
putting it off because I’m uncomfortable?)
• Am I prepared to answer all his or her
questions in a constructive way?
—Business Management Daily
THE ASSET | September/October 2017
With Net Operating Losses,
One Size Does Not Fit All
Rules are often unclear, vary by state
By Matt Arnold, CPA; Mo Bell-Jacobs; Nicole Rooney, CPA
Understanding a target’s net operating
losses (NOLs) is an important part of
due diligence, but simply being aware of
the state implications is not enough. An
analysis of the limitation on federal NOLs
without analysis of state attributes may
result in misstatements of the value of
deferred tax assets and state income tax
exposure for the taxpayer.
Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section
382 limits a company’s ability to use NOLs
after a corporation is deemed to have an
ownership change. Similar to the federal
NOL limitations, the majority of states
also place limitations on the NOL usage
that may be more or less stringent than
the federal limitation. Many states do not
conform to section 382, and instead rely
on completely separate tests to determine
if NOLs can be utilized after an ownership
change. However, many businesses
fail to analyze the impact of significant
transactions on state NOLs. Businesses
should consider which state NOLs are
significant to the business and consider
the potential loss or limitation of an NOL
before mergers or acquisitions occur.
Companies should strive to understand
the state NOL profile before entering into
acquisitions, reorganizations or other
material transactions, and consider
opportunities to modify proposed deal
structures to maximize the value of
If a federal section 382 study has been
conducted, taxpayers often oversimplify
the state NOL limitation by taking the
federal NOL multiplied by the state
apportionment rate and booking the
resulting figure. That analysis is technically
correct in some, but not all states.