This week in her series on the three pillars of workplace culture our COO Catherine Duncan focuses on the role passion for and pride in our business plays in engaging a positive, purposeful workforce.
This week in our COO Catherine Duncan's series on the three pillars of workplace culture she's focusing on the symbiotic relationship between culture and productivity.
Accounting firms can get a bad rap for being staid, siloed, rigid and altogether grey. The reality in modern day accounting and advisory firms like ours couldn’t be further from the truth. Don’t be under any illusion, a lot of strategic thought and effort goes into disrupting the stereotypical accounting workplace, which we tackle on three fronts, purpose, productivity, and passion.
Ben Audino has been awarded Employee of the Year for 2021 at Matthews Steer’s annual Recognise Encourage Reward (RER) Awards. Audino, who was also promoted to Supervisor, was recognized for his stand-out contribution to the Matthews Steer’s culture, his leadership potential, relationship building and observance of best-practice during the 2020/21 financial year.
The Matthews Steer team was delighted to welcome a socially-distanced in-person capacity crowd to their information-packed Success Stories breakfast on November 12, which featured presentations from Human Resources guru Shanyn Payne, climate and energy policy expert Tennant Reed, and Matthews Steer Government Grants expert Gary Twomey.
Accounting firms are increasingly finding themselves looking inward to solve challenges that arise with changes in the sector, and to deal with the shortcomings of age-old ways of working. This imperative to innovate has impacted the accounting industry in numerous ways, challenging us to do more with less, and leading to the exploration of artificial intelligence solutions and deep dive into data and analytics.
Planning can be exciting, engaging, and fun to do. Speak to anyone who’s set their sights on a house build or renovation, or a holiday, and they’ll wax lyrical describing every detail they’ve planned down to the second dishwasher in the butler’s pantry or the poolside cocktails they’re intending to consume. Planning, it seems, can be highly enjoyable and, when we’re not wrestling with a global pandemic, a hugely fruitful occupation to devote some time to. So, why then do so many Australian business owners fail to write or refine a formal business plan?
One attribute most businesses share is the desire to build and improve and evolve. In the volatile world in which we now live, maintaining a crystal clear focus on our business intelligence – what we know (or think we know) about our clients, markets and competitors – has become essential to tackling and overcoming the changes and challenges we, as business owners, face on an almost daily basis.
Think a career in accounting is all about the numbers? Think again! Accounting is a diverse field that offers opportunities to apply your talents in a range of areas and industries. And, while a defined career path, and structured professional development – like that offered here at Matthews Steer – is highly prized, that doesn’t mean you have to be pigeonholed. If you opt for public practice accounting, your technical accounting skills can take you in a range of diverse directions, focus areas and specialisations – a career ‘choose your own adventure’ if you like!
Many business owners – from start-ups to SMEs to major enterprises – wish they could delegate the financial oversight of their operations and free themselves up to focus on business development. The problem is, not all businesses can afford to employ a full-time CFO, particularly when they’re just starting out, or they’re undergoing an intensive period of growth. The good news is there is a solution to this catch-22.