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The role of resource management in accounting

Merging talent and strategy

May 07 2024 • 2 min read

Today, I'm taking you through resource management's nuanced and significant role in accounting. 

Resource management may not be formally recognized in many industries, but in accounting, it's been around for quite some time and is considered a cornerstone function. At its core, resource management ensures that an organization has the right number of people and brings the right number of people in as needed. This includes not only attracting and retaining talent but also understanding and planning for the exact needs of the business to deliver work effectively throughout the year. 

The complexity behind the simplicity 

While the concept might sound straightforward, the reality is much more complex. The dynamic nature of staffing, the ebb and flow of busy seasons, and curveballs like economic downturns or pandemics add complexity to resource management. These challenges are what make resource management both demanding and rewarding. 

In large organizations, it's not just the accountants who are vital for operations. A myriad of processes, such as HR, finance, and resource management, drive the firm forward. Resource management offers a crucial perspective by forecasting talent needs, i.e., matching up the supply and demand of talent and aligning it with the firm's strategic goals. This has become rather complex over the past several years. 

The evolving regulatory environment and industry trends demand a more sophisticated approach to resource management. Firms must focus on continuity in client relationships, effectively leverage new and existing talent, and navigate increasingly complex regulations. As firms grow and merge, the importance of maintaining high-quality work and thorough documentation and seeing that iceberg in the distance becomes more pronounced. 

People and future-focused  

At its heart, resource management is about aligning employees with roles that excite them and match their career aspirations, enhancing client service. You want a team that will deliver effectively and superbly to your clients, and effective resource management ensures that teams are well-equipped and motivated to provide outstanding service to clients. 

Looking ahead, the industry must adapt to the rising expectations for workplace flexibility. Over the past few years, we’ve been seeing that employees are calling for more adaptability and responsiveness in their careers, meaning we need to adapt our approach to workforce management. As part of the advisory board here at Makosi, I am on the other side of the desk and eager to take a deeper look at these challenges and help create strategies that promote more cohesive and efficient solutions for the future. 

Resource management is more than just a function within accounting firms; it's a strategic framework that directly impacts on the organization's success. By embracing creative and flexible workforce solutions, firms can better prepare for the unpredictable nature of business and the accounting industry's future demands. 


Christine Robinson is a Makosi Advisory Board Member. She’s a resource management expert, strategic advisor, award-winning speaker, author, and the mother/stepmother of six. 

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