Moving to a new way of working is never easy. Even the smoothest transitions can be hampered by a lack of buy-in, poor technology adoption and peak periods of busyness. However, with more and more accountants shifting to a hybrid way of working, it’s essential that practices build an environment that is conducive to both in-office and at-home work situations.
The good news is that the digital workplace brings with it a variety of benefits – for both accountants and the practice itself. Here’s why a dedicated platform for accountants can help your firm transition to hybrid successfully.
Making hybrid work
The first step towards a digital workplace is making the decision to embrace hybrid. While this is an exciting – and sometimes intimidating – time for your accounting practice, it will only be a successful transition if you integrate the right technologies to support your staff. After all, if they don’t have an adequate platform they can access from home or on the road, they won’t be able to complete their tasks to the best of their abilities.
That’s where a cloud-based solution like the APS Accountants’ Workspace can help make hybrid work. With a user-friendly platform that is adaptable to your practice’s needs, you can customise the solution to ensure your team is able to work as productively at home as when they are in the office.
5 big benefits of the digital workplace
So you’ve made the decision to allow your accountants to work from home a few days of the week. What now? How exactly do you make hybrid practices work in reality? The key is in the cloud, with online accounting platforms allowing your practice to function no matter where your employees are located. In the office, at home or on the road, a solution like APS Accountants’ Workspace delivers a variety of benefits, including:
1. More satisfied accountants
You’re giving your employees an opportunity to thrive in their new digital environment, so make sure they have everything at their fingertips when they sit down at their desk. Whether they are working from home or in the office, a cloud-based practice management solution can give them all the essential tools and data they need in one centralised location. With everything in the one place, they will be happier and more efficient with their workload, too.
2. Top-class security
A top concern for many business owners is that they fear allowing hybrid work will increase the threat vectors against their organisation. Security should remain a high priority, especially when allowing staff to work from home. That’s why a cloud-based platform can provide excellent protection against external threats, while also giving you oversight of who is doing what, when and who has access to certain areas of the platform.
3. High responsiveness
Just because you run a hybrid accounting practice, that doesn’t mean face-to-face interactions are no longer relevant. On the contrary, your clients may still want to meet their accountant in person. Hybrid simply means that your staff can be as productive as they need on ‘behind-the-scenes’ work remotely, while continuing to provide top-class responsiveness and customer service in the flesh. It’s the best of both worlds.
4. More collaborative and productive teams
Too many practices get bogged down by multiple pieces of software they’ve accumulated over the years. Not only does this hamper productivity for day-to-day operations, but it makes onboarding new employees incredibly tedious. Instead, a dedicated platform like the APS Accountants’ Workspace allows you to integrate all your essential apps into the one place, making it easier for your teams to come together and collaborate in real-time.
5. Interest from top talent
Digital is the way of the future, and accountants know that. If you want to attract – and retain – the best talent on the market, you need to be seen as a pro-hybrid workplace. As an employer of choice in the industry, your practice will spend less time scouring the market for the right fit, and more time receiving interest from top candidates who are seeking greater work-life balance from a digital workplace.
Find out more about turning your traditional workplace into a digital powerhouse with the APS Accountants’ Workspace.
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APS is a division of Reckon, an ASX listed company. We develop the software used by the best Accounting Firms in Australia and New Zealand to run their business’ and advise their clients.