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It’s no secret that technology is transforming accounting, but what may surprise some is the role it plays in recruiting and retention – a role that the top workplaces in the profession fully understand.

Besides being a competitive advantage for firms, keeping up with new technology is critical for recruiting and retaining talent. Younger accountants in particular are used to having the latest and most advanced tools in their pockets and at home – and they don’t want to use older, outdated tech when they come to work. Seeing that their firm is fully alive with the possibilities of the ongoing digital revolution is an important sign for them.

What’s more, a modern tech stack and the latest tools let firms truly support remote work, so staff can stay on task anywhere/anytime -- provided the firm has the right policies and managerial attitudes in place, which Accounting Today’s 2018 Best Firms to Work For definitely do.

“We embrace technology,” reported Indiana’s mAccounting. “All employees use Macs and have portable dual monitors they can borrow when going onsite to clients. Everything is cloud-based, allowing our employees to work from any location.”

Similarly committed is Texas’ Miller Grossbard Advisors, which clearly sees the connection: “We will bend over backward to provide the latest and best technology to provide team members with the tools to be successful.”

Both Kentucky’s Rudler and New Jersey’s Wilkin & Guttenplan specifically mentioned the importance of supporting employees wherever they are working. The former’s tech group “implements the latest programs, mobile devices, video capabilities [to allow] employees to operate seamlessly in real time, efficiently and remote collaboration,” while the latter reported that they “boast the latest technology to allow staff to work anywhere, including Skype, VPN and a training center with projecting and recording capabilities.”

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