New Wave Accounting

Retooling Your Accounting Team For More

Sometimes you need to do more with less. Read on to help your clerks become accountants.



With the shortage of accountants and AI coming, it is now more important than ever to retool your accounting clerks. Your benefits will include a more agile workforce who can handle more than their current duties. Here are our top recommendations:

Building a Foundation for Growth:

The foundation of this transformation lies in equipping your AR/AP team with the necessary knowledge and skills. Consider offering comprehensive training in accounting fundamentals, demystifying the accounting equation, journal entries, and the broader financial reporting framework. This empowers them to understand the context of their work, move beyond routine tasks, and identify potential issues proactively. Additionally, fostering analytical and problem-solving skills equips them to analyze financial data, identify trends, and propose solutions to emerging challenges.

There is no shortage of accounting courses out there - and many are free on YouTube.

Expanding Responsibilities and Fostering Collaboration:

Moving beyond routine tasks is critical. Gradually expand the scope of their roles to include tasks such as account reconciliations, discrepancy investigations, and even the preparation of basic reports. This not only enhances their skillset but also fosters ownership and engagement. Cross-training initiatives between AR/AP and accounting teams encourage knowledge sharing and collaboration, breaking down silos and creating a more integrated financial function. Furthermore, establishing clear career paths within the finance department motivates your team and provides a roadmap for their professional development.

The use of finance consultants can be helpful here to build reconciliation schedules as well as perform preliminary work. Your staff can be trained on their methods.

Leveraging Technology for Efficiency and Insight:

Embrace technology as a strategic partner. Automate repetitive tasks like data entry and invoice processing, freeing up valuable time for your team to focus on higher-level analysis and problem-solving. Implement data reporting tools that generate automated reports and dashboards, enabling them to identify trends and anomalies within the financial data quickly and efficiently. Cloud-based accounting systems further enhance collaboration and data accessibility, fostering real-time decision-making and improved efficiency.

With AI coming, take the time to learn what tools are out there to turn your clerks into accountants. This will increase their job satisfaction and may help with talent retention.

Investing in Continuous Learning and Development:

The journey of professional growth is ongoing. Support your team's development by encouraging attendance at industry conferences, seminars, and online courses related to accounting and finance. Implement mentorship programs where experienced accountants can guide and support AR/AP professionals. Additionally, provide access to industry publications, online learning platforms, and professional certifications to empower self-directed learning and skill development.

YouTube is your best free bet for content, or you may enroll in more formalized courses.

Remember, Transformation is a Collaborative Process:

Transparency and communication are paramount throughout this transformation journey. Clearly articulate the rationale behind changes, actively solicit feedback, and involve your team in the process. By investing in their development and empowering them to take ownership, you unlock the true potential of your AR/AP team. They will evolve from data processors to strategic collaborators, enriching the accounting function with their insights and contributing significantly to the overall success of your organization. Unleash their potential and watch your team transform, driving the financial engine of your business forward.

Talk to your teams to see what kind of training they desire. Perhaps many of them are already learning new methodologies to help them at work.

If you are interested in retooling your team, contact us today to see how we can help.


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