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Today’s technological advances are making it simpler for CPAs to work anytime, from any location. However, there’s also new complications and threats towards the safety and privacy of the firm’s confidential data.
Remote working appeals to most CPAs, as it provides flexibility, eliminates stress, and cuts down on wasted time and money spent commuting. In addition, remote working can attract workers in a competitive market, as well as improve staff morale and increase employee retention.
Accounting firms would benefit from allowing staff to work remotely from home, other offices, or the client’s site. When employees are offered the choice to work remotely, the firm can support qualified staff and productivity. However, many employers fear that remote workers will be less productive.
When an accounting firm allows remote working, employees can work during bad weather, when children are home sick, or other various circumstances where regular employees might be forced to stay home from the office.
While remote workers might not work during a traditional nine to five time period, they do manage to put the hours in. Often, remote workers get more work done than an office based worker. With constant access to work, remote workers tend to spend additional time on work in the evenings or on weekends.
There’s a few important technologies for accounting firms to consider, to reap the benefits of allowing employees to work remotely, including the following:
With the growing adopting of cloud computing, organizations and accounting firms’ alike are realizing the benefits of the cloud for working remotely. With the cloud, employees are able to use critical data and applications from various points of connection.
A virtual private network provides remote workers access to a central organization’s network, thus allowing the CPA to log onto a firm’s network from any remote location. With a VPN, remote workers are able to share data and access important network resources, such as databases, websites, and printers.
Remote IT Management involves remote monitoring and support of an accounting firm’s IT network. With RITM, the network is continually monitored and support is provided for accountants who work remotely. When a problem arises, remote employees have access to a dedicated team of experts who will react to any queries or issues.
Video conferencing uses both audio and visual transmissions to allow employees working remotely to attend meetings. Certain types of video conferencing software provides the ability to share documents and presentations during the meeting.
ClearPath IT Solutions provides IT services to CPA firms across Central Illinois. Reach out to us when you need quality IT services for your CPA firm. We are here to help you and offer the right IT services to your firm. Call us today at (309) 263-5600 or email us today at sales@clearpathIT.com.