When it comes to stating the obvious, a line from comedian Steve Martin comes to mind.
“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”
Discussing hybrid working and how it has taken hold, during and post-pandemic, is also a bit like stating the obvious.
It was the subject of much discussion at the biggest gathering of accountants in the country at Accountex 2022, which was held at the ExCeL Centre in London on 10-11 May. The event hosted 250 global brands and cutting-edge start-ups.
Those attending will know as we embrace the digital revolution, it is crucial to stay up to date with the tools, technology and ideas driving the industry forward.
According to a survey by accounting firm QXAS, 77 per cent of accountancy practices want to adopt the hybrid model.
The boom in technology not only makes this possible, but also desirable in many instances, suiting both employer and employee with cost savings.
Zooming in on virtual meetings
We all heard about Zoom and how it grew exponentially during lockdowns. Now the survey reports that time spent on Microsoft Teams has more than doubled globally from February 2020 to February 2021, with the average meeting lasting 10 minutes longer.
Accounting practices must integrate the latest technology into their processes to ensure a smooth hybrid working model. This includes a practical usage of video tools like Microsoft Teams and Zoom and ensuring there are secure VPN internet connections.
Challenges of working away from the office
This means organisations must look at staffing and HR challenges that arise from working from home, while providing robust equipment that will do the job effectively and deliver the best value to their clients.
GI was highly visible at the event, highlighting the benefits of outsourcing as a reliable solution to their staffing challenges. Outsourcing is critical for these firms to save costs and increase efficiency by taking on many compliance tasks and offering their expertise with cloud accounting technology.
Commercial director Ian Pick was impressed and said GI had an extremely busy 48 hours at the exhibition. He said: “It was fantastic to see a busy Excel Arena in London’s docklands. From the moment the doors opened, the stand we occupied was extremely busy with people wanting to know more about outsourcing.
“I feel we were able to convey our message to a whole new set of customers. Even those who weren’t sure or were sitting on the fence went home with a little more knowledge than they had two days previously. Great to see everyone and the vibe of being in a face-to-face conference was fantastic.”
Cloud technology and jobs
Not content with getting our message across at Accountex, we are once again at an important show in June.
GI will also be attending the Digital Accountancy Show 22, on 8 June at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Hi-tech accountancy solutions and cloud-based apps will be featured in a debate including our own James Marshall with the question: “Is compliance and technology outsourcing taking jobs from the UK?”
Contact our UK-based team of account managers today to find out how we can help your firm.