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.

Hot Topic Resources

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

Remote Onboarding

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.

Article: Remote Onboarding

Video: Remote Onboarding part 1

Video: Remote Onboarding part 2

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.

Article: Remote Management of Junior Staff

Video: Remote Management of Junior Staff part 1

Video: Remote Management of Junior Staff part 2

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.

Article: Returning to the Workplace

Video: Returning to the Workplace part 1

Video: Returning to the Workplace part 2

Online Delivery

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.

Article: Online Delivery

Video: Online Delivery part 1

Video: Online Delivery part 2

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.

Article: Maintaining a Team Ethos

Video: Maintaining a Team Ethos

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.

Article: Remote Recruitment, Attraction and Selection of Candidates

Video: Remote Recruitment, Attraction and Selection of Candidates

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).

Article: Mental Health and Workplace Wellbeing

Video: Mental Health and Workplace Wellbeing

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.

Article: Recruitment of the ‘COVID Generation’

Video: Recruitment of the ‘COVID Generation’

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.

Article: The Role of Data Analytics in Accountancy

Video: The Role of Data Analytics in Accountancy

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.

Article: Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

Video: Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

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.

Article: The Role of Data Analytics in Accountancy

Video: The Role of Data Analytics in Accountancy

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.

Article: Recruitment of the ‘COVID Generation’

Video: Recruitment of the ‘COVID Generation’

How the Pandemic has Changed the Accountancy Industry and How we Train New Intakes

This session discussed how the pandemic has affected the accountancy industry, the changes made by the awarding bodies during this time and how they have benefited the industry, the role the accountancy profession can play in the recovery of COVID, as well as predictions for the future.

Article: How the Pandemic has Changed the Accountancy Industry and How we Train New Intakes

Video: How the Pandemic has Changed the Accountancy Industry and How we Train New Intakes

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.

Article: Managing Remote Teams

Video: Managing Remote Teams

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.

Article: Building Team and Personal Resilience in a K-shaped Economy

Video: Building Team and Personal Resilience in a K-shaped Economy

How to Transition to Hybrid Working

How to transition to hybrid working is a hot topic for many businesses as staff start to return to the office. Remote working and its flexibility is something many want to continue in their post-COVID workplace.

Article: How to Transition to Hybrid Working

Video: How to Transition to Hybrid Working

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.

Article: New AAT Syllabus Change 2022 – Why does it matter now?

Video: AAT 2022 Qualification Update

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