Lockdown 3 and accountants

How is everyone coping?

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I am keeping my office open but have some staff working from home, and some in the office, on the basis that not all can work from home. How about everyone else?

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By bendybod
05th Jan 2021 10:10

Bookkeeping and accounts staff working from home. Directors and admin staff in the office - someone has got to be here to deal with the post from HMRC every day and scan clients' records!! May reduce my hours / days in the office but will play that by ear.

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By bendybod
05th Jan 2021 10:10

Bookkeeping and accounts staff working from home. Directors and admin staff in the office - someone has got to be here to deal with the post from HMRC every day and scan clients' records!! May reduce my hours / days in the office but will play that by ear.

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By Mallock
05th Jan 2021 10:30

Half in the office and the other half working from home. We are still server based for our main programs so staff need to log in to their work computers - that is an issue when many of them don't have their own PC's at home and we work with two or three screens in the office. We cannot afford to purchase new PC's and several monitors to set up home offices for everyone especially when much of that equipment could become redundant by summer. At the moment we have bought a couple of PC's and cannibalised older kit and spread that out between the staff who need to/can work from home.
In January it is far from helpful when HMRC are sticking to the 31st January deadline.

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By mbee1
05th Jan 2021 11:12

All working from home since March 17 2020. One admin goes in twice a week to collect the post and scan it where possible. Clients can only drop stuff off personally by prior arrangement. Everyone at home has a laptop and a second screen and we don't envisage having a full complement of staff in the office ever again.

Productivity is up . Makes childcare easier. Staff are extremely happy

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By Mr Hobbit
05th Jan 2021 11:28

Gosh, it's tough this time around. I'm in the office with a few key staff members, everyone else is working from home. We're lucky that we use software which facilities remote access but regardless, it's not ideal this time of the year. Best of luck!

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By NYB
05th Jan 2021 12:58

Husband who runs the accountancy office goes in mornings and WFH afternoon. His PA goes in afternoons. So never more than one in office. two sub contractor bookeepers and one payroll manager who deals with a lot of other computerised things WFH (with three children and a dog). she copes remarkably well. I run my arm of the payroll business from home

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By Maslins
05th Jan 2021 17:29

The first lockdown impacted us significantly. We'd previously been as good as 100% office based. Suddenly moving to as good as 100% WFH was a massive change. Combine that with all the uncertainty and financial reliefs available and it was a very tough time.

This time around...meh! I go in daily to collect post. Everyone else remains 100% WFH.

I don't think we can do this long term, mainly as the juniors simply can't learn as much. Yes we can give them tasks to do remotely, but it's not the same as being around more senior staff, overhearing conversations picking things up by osmosis etc. However, for the next month or two it'll make negligible difference.

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By imbs
06th Jan 2021 10:15

We are ok from a practical point of view - we’ve been remote based since last year and fully cloud based. I’m struggling more mentally this time. Early days in but I have three kids at home who just want to play Xbox with their friends. Either that or just fight with each other! I’ve got the parental guilts. Then when the school starts sending the home schooling stuff I’m not sure honestly where I can get time to spin so many plates. Husband and I are in same boat. Thinking of using the key worker school facility this time around cos husband is key worker (whether or not I am). But would also feel guilty about packing them off each day. Ultimately my mental health is going to suffer terribly. I feel inadequate in every respect - to kids, to household, to clients, to kids’ education. I might just increase the sessions with their online tutors and outsource the home schooling aspect.

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By Andy Reeves
06th Jan 2021 12:00

One co-director working full-time at the office, for dealing with incoming post. One part-time admin person visits for an hour a day, three days a week, to scan that post to all those working at home and to frank outgoing letters, but is in a separate section of the office.

Apart from that, nobody else in the office, except to collect or deliver stuff on very short (5-10 minute) visits. All staff were bought work laptops in March, and have a second screen linked to it. Printers/scanners have been supplied where they have asked for one, with us paying for any ink/paper supplies

We are currently server based, so staff RDP to their work PCs, but moving to Iris hosting this month.

Phones are manned remotely. All client meetings done via Zoom or Teams. Staff scan their own working papers and save to Iris Docs.

I really don't believe that any reasonably well IT-equipped office needs more than one or two people in it, and even then, not full-time. Staff are happy with the arrangements, and the WFH may be continued, combined with some in-office hours, when we get back to normal if anyone wants it.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
06th Jan 2021 12:20

Mix of home and office, like others, but feeling relieved to have moved to a remote detached office and migrated to online & paperless while everyone else was sunning themselves in their gardens last summer.

So far so good, although I foresee mental health issues for many of us this coming year. You've only to look back 100 years to the Spanish flu epidemic to see how predictable a mutant second and indeed a third wave was / is. On which basis we'll be locked down for much of 2021, so coping with that is going to be the big challenge.

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By kevinringer
06th Jan 2021 13:37

Here in Wales we've been told to work from home non-stop since March. In practice I've been WFH week days and in the office weekends. But as we go into January the number working in the office is getting too much so I'm reviewing again. The increase is partly because parents of younger children can't WFH and also teach their children so they're coming to the office weekends/evenings after they've done their teaching for the day, all coupled with January pressures. If HMRC announced a relaxation of the deadline numbers would ease. I'm certain some accountants will catch covid because of working practices because of the January deadline.

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By imbs
06th Jan 2021 13:51

I think the best defence we have against this whole depressing time is to try to eat healthily. Easier said than done, it is 13.50 and so far all I have had today is three cups of coffee.
I am like the staff you mention above, nipping out to the office for client tel calls at 8, working weekends etc. It is only a matter of time before the 4am starts kick in so I can work before putting on teacher hat. It's a downward spiral.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
06th Jan 2021 15:24

It's worrying that you and I are likely to contract C-virus at some point soon, whereupon we'll be no longer be allowed to do any of that.

I see no ships. Only hardships.

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