Work burnout is an all-too-real phenomenon that can affect the performance and health of accountants, particularly during tax season. Work burnout is a more severe form of job-related stress where sufferers experience both mental and emotional exhaustion. This is often accompanied by doubts of one’s capacity to do the job.
There are also multiple causes that can result in job burnout and exhaustion. They can include a lack of control making decisions, unclear job expectations, and little social support to name a few. The most common, however, is work overload and accounting professionals can be particularly affected. Here are three ways to avoid it.
The Cloud Can Help
Cloud computing is the ability to remotely store information in secure data centres. This can then be accessed by users via their internet browsers.
Since information can be accessed at any time from anywhere, there will no longer be any need for on-site servers or even paper-based archives. The Cloud also allows for an unlimited number of digital devices to obtain information at the same time.
Accountants spend roughly one-fifth of their work hours (20%) looking for documents or other pieces of information that will allow them to do their jobs effectively. This could lead to wasted time on a task that can be accomplished almost instantaneously with the cloud.
Instead of having to get up from their desk and walk to the storeroom and look for a particular document, accountants can now access that information with a few clicks. During times of peak activity, such as during tax season, it will significantly improve efficiency, thus finishing the work in a shorter amount of time and minimizing the risk of work burnout.
Accounting and Man-Made Errors are Reduced
It doesn’t take much to make an accounting error, be it an error of omission, commission, entry reversal, or original entry, which can result in hours upon hours of searching and fixing. Then, there is the matter of miscommunication of information which can also pose a severe problem from time to time.
By making use of Cloud technology, these problems can be eliminated. Equipped with several automated algorithms the Cloud can detect any errors or multiple entries that may occur. The information is readily available to all authorized users, which minimizes the chances of miscommunication.
Job burnout and exhaustion are not merely termed to describe boredom or to justify procrastination. They are dangerous conditions that affect millions of people around the globe. Not only can they force someone to take time off from work, but in some circumstances, they can also lead to other issues such as depression, insomnia, alcohol and substance abuse, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, strokes, and the list can go on.
The good news – cloud computing can significantly reduce burn-out, leading to more motivated personnel and higher productivity!
Until the next time,