Hot Topic Resources
First Intuition has hosted a number of virtual events on hot topics in the accountancy industry and general work-related subjects. Find an archive of links to summaries and videos from these sessions relevant to businesses.
FIRST INTUITION THINK TANK FORUMS
This two-part FITT forum explored the topic of remote onboarding. The session was joined by expert speakers as they shared their own experiences of remote onboarding and gave insights into best practice in this area.
Remote Management of Junior Staff
We were delighted to be joined by C-J Green, Co-Founder and Executive Director of BraveGoose and Dyfrig Jenkins, of YOU.DEVELOPMENT.co.uk to discuss the topic of remote management of junior staff in more detail. We also heard from the accountancy awarding bodies who shared their thoughts and the work they’ve been doing to tackle the challenges many employers are currently facing.
Returning to the Workplace
With many firms now evaluating how they can provide a safe and welcoming environment for those employees who are planning to return to the office in some way, we examined this topic in more detail. Barnaby Clark and Lizzie Duckworth from COEL, a commercial and design fit-out company joined us for our first session to share their expertise in this area.
Intakes of new students are likely to be starting their accountancy careers in a largely remote environment. Many employers are facing the prospect of delivering initial induction and internal skills training virtually, rather than in a conventional board room or office setting. Getting this right will be critical to ensuring engagement, productivity and retention in those important first months in work. It’s therefore critical to maintain quality and keep engagement levels high.
Maintaining a Team Ethos
For many employers, their ‘team spirit’ and ‘family feel’ are crucial parts of their identity. Many are concerned that this will be challenging to maintain if many staff are working predominantly remotely. We heard from expert speakers C-J Green and Dyfrig Jenkins, plus insight from the accountancy awarding bodies.
Remote Recruitment, Attraction and Selection of Candidates
Employers recruiting post-pandemic are facing a very different environment to any normal year. Online platforms, techniques and processes for recruitment can prove just as effective as being ‘in-person’ if used correctly. First Intuition Director Gareth John hosted this timely employer forum at the end of October 2020.
Mental Health and Workplace Wellbeing
Whilst the first 6 months of the pandemic presented a commercial, financial and liquidity crisis for many businesses, the next 6 months will likely create a mental health crisis amongst the teams we will all be relying on to carry our businesses through the recovery. The combined impact of high levels of remote working and the career uncertainties and anxieties caused by the pandemic will be a challenge for many. We were joined by expert speakers Jen Christie (Rise Well) and Sophie North (Luminate).
Recruitment of the ‘COVID Generation’
This forum explored the impact the pandemic has had on young adults. As well as the allowances that will be required in recruiting the coming cohort of school/college leavers to account for lost learning and skills development opportunities. Not only will students have suffered huge disruption to their education for in excess of 12 months. They will have had extremely limited opportunities for early work experience in the hospitality and retail sectors. They will also have seen extra-curricular employer outreach and career activities disappear. This forum considered how the skill sets of these young adults are likely to differ from our normal expectations. As well as how their CV’s might look and what their exam grades may or may not mean.
The Role of Data Analytics in Accountancy
This forum explored how digitisation, automation, and Artificial Intelligence are revolutionising the way that financial transactions are recorded. As well as how they are also transforming the way that data can be interrogated, analysed, and presented to aid better business decision-making.
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace
This forum discussed the importance of diversity in the workplace for employers as well as what businesses can be doing to improve EDI. Embracing diversity and inclusion, and providing equality goes a long way in promoting a work culture that values talent beyond stereotypes. Moreover, an inclusive workplace fosters better productivity and efficiency, improves retention of staff, and can act as a major attraction during recruitment.
LEADERSHIP LUNCH AND LEARN
Managing Remote Teams
How do managers excel at leading remote teams? This session included guest speaker and co-host C-J Green, Co-Founder of BraveGoose, who shared her expert tips and advice. In addition, the session also included a panel of experienced and successful managers including Louise Hazard, Senior R2R Manager at Greene King, Simon Mader, Head of Technical Accounting Compliance & UK Reporting at AstraZeneca, Carolyn Connery, Head of Employer and Provider Development at Chartered Management Institute, and Dennis Laudick, VP Marketing, AI/Machine Learning at Arm. They considered some of the inherent challenges in remote work, the benefits it can bring, and experiences we can all learn from.
Building Team and Personal Resilience in a K-shaped Economy
This session looked at what it means to be a resilient organisation, the importance of resilient teams and how we manage and develop resilient individuals. With guest speakers including ‘Eddie the Eagle’ Edwards, Olympian Ski-jumper, Charlene Lyons, Chief Executive Officer at Black Sheep Brewery, Caroline Ford, Global Digital Capability Lead at AstraZeneca, Doug Field OBE, Joint CEO at East of England Co-op, Lucy Pakes, HR Business Manager at Ashtons Legal, and Dyfrig Jenkins, Owner & Director of YOU. Development.Ltd.
AAT SYLLABUS UPDATE
AAT Qualifications 2022 Update
AAT is currently preparing its regular syllabus change to come into action in February 2022, moving over from AQ2016 to ‘Qualifications2022’. This has been delayed from the original September 2021 date due to COVID. Below is some useful information explaining why these changes to Qualifications2022 matter now. As well as how it will impact you and your students.