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Rising labor costs and shifting expectations are contributing to unprecedented change in the labor market and altering the way companies and their executives think about talent management.
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F&A teams have embraced their expanding roles, but unprecedented demand for their time coupled with traditional manual processes make it difficult for F&A to execute effectively. Transformation is necessary to address these challenges.
F&A leadership can have a significant impact by creating sustainable, scalable processes that can support the business before, during, and long after the IPO. This company-wide effort crosses multiple functional areas and is reinforced by critical project management and a strong technology infrastructure.
Timely, reliable data is critical for decision-making and reporting throughout the M&A lifecycle. Without accurate information, organizations risk making poor business decisions, paying too much, issuing inaccurate financial statements, and other errors.
The revenue cycle refers to the entirety of a company’s ordering process from the time an order is placed until an invoice is paid and settled. The inability to apply payments on time and accurately can not only lock up cash, but also negatively impact future sales and the overall customer experience.
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January 24, 2018
Part 3 of the Continuous Accounting blog series. Read Part 1 and Part 2 first.
Continuous Accounting begins with your processes.
We are all creatures of habit, and it can be comforting to begin each workday knowing that everything will be familiar—except for the occasional (and unwanted) surprise, of course.
Change seems risky, and besides: you have all of your well-known processes and routines in place.
But if you’re completely honest, the repetitive tasks that dominate your time aren’t tapping into your talent. And some of the processes performed by your teams may create more risk than you want to admit.
If You Automate a Bad Process, It’s Still a Bad Process
Many organizations look to the cloud or finance technology for the solution, and rightly so. But if you make these moves without first re-visiting your processes, not only will the inefficiencies remain. You and your finance and accounting teams will also reap fewer benefits from a new platform.
To avoid making this mistake, successful organizations take a deliberate but stepwise approach as they shift to a mentality of continuous improvement.
Gary Simon, Chief Executive of FSN recommends this: “Start with a mindset that says, ‘I’m not going to do everything in one big bang. I’m going to make gradual improvements to the process.’ When you’re time constrained, you’re not actually going to be able to do everything at once. So you have to build into your mindset that you’re going to make continuous change.”
This makes process improvement more manageable and allows your teams to begin to see results earlier—such as fewer hours spent on transactional activities and more time to focus on analyzing the data and reports.
The ability to focus on more meaningful activities also inspires a more motivated, committed workforce. As employees feel empowered to seek and suggest a better way, they become more likely to improve and grow in the organization.
Here are three ways to empower your teams to take a Continuous Accounting approach.
Challenge The Way It’s Always Been Done
It’s taken a long time for innovation to find its place in Accounting and Finance, and now is the time to challenge your company’s processes.
Don’t just accept the way things have always been done. Instead, challenge it. Leverage problem solving and critical thinking skills to uncover better models. This drives streamlined processes and eliminates unnecessary steps, reducing the volume of work and improving quality.
This revised mindset can elevate your role within the organization and set an example for your teams to follow. The employee accepts the status quo. The leader challenges it.
As you’re beginning to challenge and streamline processes, take the time to perform post-mortem reviews to identify what went right and what went wrong. Seek out root causes, and incorporate what you’ve learned into a continuous improvement model.
The best performing finance teams know that success means always adapting, innovating, and improving to create a culture of continuous improvement.
Looking for new ways to design inefficient processes can help you and your teams feel more invested, as you’re playing an essential part in meeting the evolving needs of the broader organization—both now and into the future.
Establishing best practices and applying the right technology will deliver new levels of efficiency, control, and visibility across your accounting and finance operations.
Set Standardization with Tasks
As you improve your internal processes and workflow, implementing a task management solution is the most effective next step.
Recurring tasks are common in all aspects of the financial close, from payroll and procurement to consolidation and reporting. A task management solution can map what needs to be done in each area, providing visibility and measurability along the way. Tasks can be distributed throughout the period and across resources to reduce bottlenecks.
Chances are that every close process has room for improvement. Start with “pencils down” or consolidation as your milestone task. Then break down deliverables by department. Next, evaluate tasks by individual. As you begin to aggregate tasks, identify KPIs and report on them to measure success. Identify inefficiencies and tackle “low-hanging fruit first.” Build on your success, and re-purpose time saved with “quick wins” to focus on larger initiatives down the road.
5 Steps to Continuous Accounting with Task Management
Task Management is a key component of effectively implementing Continuous Accounting. Here are five steps to help you begin managing and executing this process throughout the month.
Split batch process into smaller tasks: Analyze opportunities to divide larger tasks, and make smaller tasks more achievable on a regular basis, e.g. daily reconciliations.
Schedule tasks as early as possible: Identify events that can be completed prior to period end, and ensure they get done sooner.
Embed tasks within everyday workflow: Realign close tasks and move them from being period-end focused to becoming a part daily operations.
Automate where possible: Use a task management solution (no, not Excel) to assign and manage tasks. Parent task auto-certification when subordinate tasks are certified is especially helpful here.
Monitor metrics to adapt and transform: Use KPIs and benchmarking to adjust imbalanced workloads for individuals, and identify opportunities to reassign critical tasks to top performers.
Read Part 4to learn how to make Continuous Accounting real at your organization.