How Accountants are Tackling Burnout and Employee Turnover

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As the landscape of the accounting profession changes and hiring becomes more difficult, technology is stepping in to help retain and attract employees.

Post by
Bryan Stouffer
Publish Date:
April 27, 2023

As the landscape of the accounting profession changes, with older accountants retiring and fewer students pursuing the field, we are faced with new challenges in maintaining a workforce that is engaged, efficient, and resilient. The rise in employee burnout and turnover rates are only compounding the issue, creating hiring challenges that firms can no longer ignore.

The good news? Technology is stepping in to help modernize the accounting profession and combat these challenges head-on.

Here's how:

Automating repetitive tasks 🤖
By automating manual, time-consuming tasks, accountants can focus on more strategic and value-added activities. This not only reduces stress and burnout but also makes the profession more appealing to younger generations who crave meaningful work. (Client Portals and Project Tracking)

Enhancing collaboration & communication 🌐
The implementation of cloud-based platforms and real-time communication tools has made it easier for teams to collaborate, share knowledge, and stay connected. This fosters a sense of camaraderie, further reducing burnout and improving job satisfaction. (Slack and Teams)

Data analytics for smarter decision-making 📊
Advanced analytics and data visualization tools are empowering accountants to make data-driven decisions, providing deeper insights and a greater sense of purpose. This helps keep professionals motivated and passionate about their roles. (Tableau and HubSpot)

Encouraging work-life balance ⚖️
Set clear client expectations and deadlines, estimate workload and resource allocation, have a plan. Be clear with your team about your goal and check in daily the 3 weeks prior to Tax Day and 1 week afterwards. (15Five)

Continuous learning & development 🎓
Technology is transforming the accounting profession, and with that comes the need for continuous learning. Now that the season is over, get a retrospective on your calendar ASAP and debrief with your team. 💪🌟

Bryan Stouffer is a software architect who has spent his career in the Healthcare and Legal field. His passion for software comes from his desire to see professionals accelerated by computers, not hindered.