Posted by Cheri O'Neil on Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 07:00
While accountants must work with numbers, is that what gives them the most job satisfaction? What is it they love most about their careers?
Rather than math, it’s the problem solving that accountants enjoy most, according to survey results published from Robert Half Finance & Accounting.
The Robert Half Finance & Accounting research, published in a press release called Math Wizards or Problem Solvers: New Survey Shows Accountants Prefer Tackling Problems Over Crunching Numbers, shows what part of their work they like best.
Forty-one percent of the accountants polled said solving problems gives them the most job satisfaction, compared to just 22 percent who chose working with numbers. Seventeen percent of the respondents cited making strategic recommendations for the business as their top favorite task.
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Here are three tips for accountants to highlight their problem-solving and strategic expertise and achieve job satisfaction while also boosting the bottom line:
1. Collaborate across departments
Unlike accounting practices, which you learn in college, problem solving involves creativity that you often must learn on your own. Collaboration is key to that creativity. Consider the value of brainstorming with others to clarify the problem, generate ideas and create as many solutions as possible.
2. Cultivate teamwork and delegate effectively
In order to focus on problem solving and maximize productivity, you'll want to share some of the day-to-day tasks and business operations with your team. To do that within your company, you should promote onboarding practices, mentorship programs and team building for your staff.
3. Maximize insight from data
One of the best problem-solving strategies is to leverage data from a wide range of sources. As Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half, pointed out, "Accounting and finance professionals regularly mine data to identify historical trends and make projections based on those findings. They also can uncover potential areas for concern and put their problem-solving skills to work in the process."
In the survey, finance and accounting professionals were asked, "What part of working in the finance and accounting profession do you enjoy the most?" Their responses:
|Working with numbers||22%|
|Making strategic recommendations for the business||17%|
|Learning new technologies/software||9%|
|Collaborating with others||8%|