Author: Makosi

Back to Work: How Today’s Top Firms Are Handling a Return to the Office

Today’s audit firms face an unprecedented challenge. How to balance clients’ needs, worker safety, and personal liability in the face of coronavirus? As the country begins to reopen, amid a surge in coronavirus cases, that decision seems more impossible than ever. In talking to our clients, we’ve heard some of the pros and cons of getting back to work and returning to the office. And we’d like to take this opportunity to share our thoughts and foster dialogue as part of the audit community.  It feels hard because it is To reopen or not to reopen? It’s the question on…

Now What? What History Can Teach Us About How to Restart the Economy, Post-Pandemic

By now, we’ve heard it so often that it’s practically the mantra for 2020: we’re living in unprecedented times. In just a few months, the novel coronavirus changed how we think of everything from workspaces to birthday parties. It triggered sweeping stay-at-home orders, brought back home baking, and may have permanently changed how we think about remote workers. It also brought many aspects of the global economy to a grinding and painful halt. Now, as we take the first steps to restart the economy, many are looking to the past for guidance. By looking back at the 1918 Spanish Flu…

How Makosi’s Virtual Teams Are Already Adapted to the “New Normal”

It’s impossible to deny that we’re living in a time of upheaval. First, coronavirus challenged how we live in a globalized world and economy. Simultaneously, protests, rallies, and demonstrations are creating a ripple effect across the nation. Worldwide, we’re suddenly being asked to reckon with the pros and cons of the systems we’ve built while discovering innovative ways to better them. Cue Makosi’s virtual-first teams.  Understanding the role of virtual teams We cannot overstate the importance of virtual and remote work capabilities. Without virtual teams, the world economy would have collapsed by now. Read that one more time: virtual teams…

During Uncertain Market Conditions, Hedge Your Bets with On-Demand Workers

Hiring poses its fair share of challenges for public accounting’s HR departments, even during the best of times. Now, compound the usual frustration with a global pandemic, mandatory stay-at-home orders, and cross-industry disruption. Suddenly, the ability to predict workforce needs with any confidence isn’t a job skill you’d take for granted. It’s a superpower.  As the coronavirus continues to disrupt daily operations across the country, public accounting firms are staring down the barrel of just one more problem on an already long list. To hire or not to hire? Without the ability to make long term predictions about the state…

Diversity in Public Accounting: We’re Shaking Up Audit Firms Across the Country

Despite popular assumptions about the “face of finance,” inclusion practices and diversity in public accounting have become increasingly central to many firms’ core values. Firms that have committed to diversity are viewed more favorably in the consumer landscape. Plus, they also get the qualitative and quantitative in-office benefits of a diverse workforce.  However, even firms may encounter challenges when it comes to hiring a diverse workforce. Systemic inequality in the university and recruiting systems are top contributors. So how are firms overcoming these challenges? One first step is to outsource diversity to Makosi.  As you read on you’ll find:  A…

Why Technology Will Never Replace Skilled Audit Workers

Today’s public accounting firms need to be more agile than ever, scaling their work to meet clients’ demands at the drop of a hat. And, thanks to technology, they’re equipped to do so. Thanks to AI and machine learning auditing is entering a transformational era. But with this transformation comes concerns over the future role of skilled audit workers. As a tech-forward company, this is a controversial topic for us. After all, our work is twofold: to keep our clients at the forefront of the audit industry, and to support the development of audit professionals. When it comes to discussions…

What COVID-19 Has Revealed About the Real Flexibility of the Modern Workforce

Introduction Suppose a time traveler strode into your office in February 2020 and informed you that within 90 days (or less), the global workforce infrastructure would dramatically shift. Organizations across sectors and industries would encourage their employees to work from home. It would have seemed inconceivable. But that’s exactly what’s unfolding as policymakers and corporate leaders grapple with social safety measures in the wake of coronavirus. And things may never return to the way they were before.  It’s said that adversity doesn’t build character; it reveals it. Similarly, this global catastrophe has revealed the resilience, flexibility, and drive of the…

Mindset Over Skillset

Tapping Into Mindset Theory to Recruit and Retain Talent Introduction It’s easy to run through a checklist of degrees, proficiencies, and extracurriculars when looking for your next employee. But a summary of skills—like that provided by the traditional resume—will not tell you how a potential hire will handle a tight deadline, or communicate with their coworkers in stressful situations. It certainly can’t tell you about their passion or willingness to solve complex problems.  Between the digitization of data and the increasing prevalence of technology in the workplace, the skill sets required to stay competitive and high-performing are rapidly changing. Today’s…

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Workplace Age Diversity

How Focusing on One Generation Affords Makosi a Huge Opportunity Studies show that age diversity in the workplace offers companies a variety of advantages. As a result, 85% of professionals globally believe that an age-diverse team is more innovative, productive, and cost-effective. But with up to five generations of workers sharing a single workspace (from the Silent Generation to Generation Z), it can be difficult for employers to understand and support the career priorities of their entire workforce. For current generations entering the workforce, experience is everything. In fact, 9 in 10 workers would willingly take a pay cut if…

Makosi, A Company Dedicated to The Future of Public Accounting, Helps Clients Stay Ahead of Rapidly Changing Financial Landscapes with Revolutionary Talent Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 21 2020 —Makosi, a technology backed talent platform, is doing more than matching candidates to jobs: they’re revolutionizing public accounting workforce strategy while providing a life-changing experience to their auditors and tax professionals. For too long, HR managers have been limited to two choices: hiring temporary staff or growing the company’s full-time employee base. The team behind Makosi believes there’s a better way. Their “third path” model creates a flexible talent pool that’s easily scalable and can reduce current recruitment cycles from a market average of 90 days to just a few hours.  “Utilizing technology,…

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