Congratulations, you got the top job. But how will you make your mark? Take these three important steps to create a positive impact as Financial Director. 1. Communicate You’ve risen up through the ranks, not just because of your numerical skills, but because of your way with people. You want your department to know that […]

Did you know that the average employee spends about 25% of their time in meetings? And at executive level, that figure rises to a whopping 90%! Employee feedback indicates that about 37% of this meeting time is wasted, costing businesses $37billion a year in wasted working hours – no wonder 90% of finance professionals say […]

Email. What a wonderful thing. Being able to instantly communicate has made our work so much more productive… …or has it? Research by the Warwick Business School found that, since 1973, productivity had only risen by 2%. That means that despite all our technological advances we are barely more productive than we were forty years […]

Halloween is the one night of the year when the spirits of the past come back to haunt us. But for many accountants, there are scarier things going on in their Excel spreadsheets every single month, especially when it comes to Excel Reconciliation. According to various studies, around 88% of spreadsheets contain errors. But how […]

Once a year the month-end close falls on Halloween, but finance staff are battling with some spooky demons all year round. You may not believe that these demons really exist, but according to the Adra Match Financial Benchmark Report, only 19% of finance staff trust their reported figures, and 90% reported being under pressure to […]

Do you have a fast friend? The kind of person you developed an instant liking for and quickly became bosom buddies with? It’s great when you find someone you just click with, who knows what you are going to say before you say it. But have you ever felt that way about accounting software? Probably […]

And God (of accounting) spoke these words: “I am the Lord your God…of accounting, who brought you out of financial trouble, out of the land of decreasing financial returns.” Unto them he bestowed 5 commandments of balance sheet reconciliation that would forever be the foundation of an efficient and effective accounting team. Are you guilty […]