Ways to Prove Your Public Accountancy Work to Bots

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It’s inevitable. They are coming for us, but more importantly, they are coming for you. Your job. Your livelihood. That cute partner for whom you dream of wasting your life, yes they are coming for him too. And there’s not much you can do about it, is there?

Wrong. You can actually #BeatTheBots, and all it takes is building on the exact same skills that got you here in the first place.

Nothing prepares a white-collar professional better to protect their work from these hungry robots than the skills required to climb the corporate ladder.

And with that, here are 5 ways you can leverage your professional skills to ensure your longevity in the public accountancy profession:

Don’t think twice. Go straight to HR.

Everyone in public accounting has seen it. The employee who gets away with it all. How do they do? Easy. There is nothing more invincible than a corporate employee with a connection to HR.

So if you’ve played your cards right, and I guess you did, you have the ultimate partner in crime when trying to undermine someone’s career – HR.

As soon as one of these robots looks at you askance, let alone threatens to take your job, you might not be strong enough to do it on your own. But thanks to your combined strengths, you, your favorite HR manager, and your in-house legal department, this miserable bot won’t even remember asking for severance pay.

Evaluate it based on billable hours.

We’ve all heard stories about how effective all of these robots are. They can build a full set of public company financial data in the time it takes an intern to realize, wow, these auditors don’t care as much about me as the career fair recruiters.

Efficiency is a good thing… or is it?

Well, it’s not when you’re measured against billable hour goals. So let’s agree to treat these robots fairly, and to evaluate their performance using the same metric as that of human professionals: use.

I can hear the conversation in my head now….

So… your goal was to hit 2,100 billable hours this year, but I have on your T&E summary that you only billed 2.4 minutes. I realize that in those 2.4 minutes you have completed several public company audit engagements that in the past required dedicated teams of 12 people working around the clock for 6 months, but your overall use is very troubling.

As a result, I think we can both agree that it is in everyone’s best interest if we go our separate ways.

Just spill some coffee on it.

What’s the fastest way to get a new laptop in a business? The classic aw shucks, I just spilled my Counter Culture with three creams and a Splenda on my slightly outdated laptop.

It’s a must-have for any veteran of the public accounting industry. And unless you’re currently reading this on a laptop that doesn’t have an SSD, touchscreen, and bluetooth transmitter, you’ve most certainly performed this move a few times in your career (probably every time you are fresh out of a promotion cycle).

Robots are machines too, and it only takes an “accidental” spill to put them out of service. And coffee is the most common culprit of liquid damage to laptops in the workplace.

I know… it seems pretty obvious once you think about it.

Do not schedule it on any commitment.

This is the ultimate kiss of death in public accounting: long periods without an assignment. And if you are a manager or senior in a company with influence on planning, consider your career prospects as secure.

You see, just don’t program the robot on any engagement. Senior executives in the office will begin to think that these robots are even lazier than millennials! And again, things will work out on their own.

Convince him to apply for a secondment abroad.

Seriously, do it. This robot cannot take your job once it has been shipped halfway around the world in Amsterdam. Offload your problem on an unsuspecting stranger by asking the bot to take a detachment abroad.

You do not know how to do it ? Persuade him to apply for the opportunity by throwing sentences like once in a lifetime or cycle to work or legalize.

Out of sight out of mind.

Disclaimer: This post was written by a robot.

The writing of this article was completely outsourced to a robot that was built by a third party.

He wants to let you know that self-employment is an alternative career option that allows you to optimize your lifestyle and your compensation, while continuing to advance your career in accounting.

Check the Beech Valley Blog for more information or for job postings as they become available.

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