2016 Certent Summit in San Francisco

We are excited to announce the details of our 5th annual user conference, the 2016 Certent Summit. This year’s event will be held at the Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco. Our clients can expect a large array of educational and hands-on sessions packed with CPE and CEP credit opportunities to help them connect, collaborate and learn. Clients will also have the opportunity to connect with our staff through one-on-one consultations and collaborate with peers in interactive discussions.

XBRL Tips: Time Management and Comparison Documents

Applying XBRL tags to your company’s financials is a time-consuming and complex exercise. But there are a few ways to ease the pain. In this blog, Jen Stretch, manager of compliance services at Certent, provides insight into effective time management and the importance of incorporating compares into your XBRL process.

SEC Credentials Checklist

If you’re involved in the SEC filing process at a public company, you know that accuracy and time management are critical. The last thing you want to happen when you’re down to the wire is the inability to file on time simply because you’ve misplaced your filing credentials! Be sure you have all of the credentials on this list handy to eliminate any unnecessary fire drills when you’re up against the clock.

Certent Marks One Year Brand Anniversary

We’re celebrating, and you may have missed the reason why! One year ago, our company made the transition from Equity Administration Solutions, Inc. (EASi) to Certent, Inc. – and this month we’re celebrating our one year anniversary. Our acquisition of Rivet Software in 2014, marked the expansion of our technology and service offerings further into financial compliance and SEC reporting. That meant that we no longer ONLY offered equity administration and reporting solutions – and we needed to change our name and broaden our brand to reflect that change.

10-K Survival Kit

It’s here! No, not the zombie apocalypse – 10-K season (which is arguably even more terrifying). We want you to have a successful and clean filing, and in order to do so you need a 10-K Survival Kit. Here are a few things we think you should include.

Glass Lewis Clarifies Its Approach to “One-Off” Equity Awards for Executive Officers

In mid-November, Glass Lewis released its final proxy voting policies and methodologies for the upcoming year. While most compensation policies remained largely intact from prior years (see our complete summary of compensation and governance policy changes here), this year’s release includes much-needed guidance on Glass Lewis’ approach and requirements for reviewing the use of off-cycle equity grants.

Why It’s So Important to Give Your Employees a Sense of Ownership

You’ve heard it over and over. Good companies create a sense of ownership among employees at work. They share financial information with employees at the corporate and work level, they encourage employees to contribute ideas, they set up employee teams, and they limit hierarchy. Bosses focus less on telling people what to do than listening to what employees think should be done. Creating a sense of ownership leads to high employee engagement and high engagement leads to higher performance. Research by the Gallup Organization finds that high engagement companies “experience 22 percent higher profitability and 21 percent higher productivity compared with workgroups with low levels of engagement.”