By Pastor J. A. Adeyokunnu
A Balanced Accountant is one with work ethics that is based on moral virtues of hard work, diligence, professionalism and skills. It also includes being reliable, having initiative or maintaining social skills. Being balanced is not only about how one does his job or responsibilities, it also involves attitude, behaviour, respect, communication, interaction. It demonstrates many things about whom and how a person is; essentially, it involves such characteristics as honesty and accountability.
Balanced Accountants are selected for better positions, more responsibility and ultimately, promotions. Accountants who fail to exhibit good work ethics may be regarded as failing to provide fair value for the wages they are being paid by their employers, hence, should not be promoted or placed in greater responsibilities.
Top Twelve (12) Values That Determine A Balanced Accountant
- Strong work ethic: An accountant must understand and possess a willingness to work hard. In addition, it is important to work smart as well. This means learning the most efficient ways to complete a task and finding ways to save time while completing daily assignments. It’s also important to care about the job and maintain a positive attitude, doing more than is expected on the job, which is a good way of showing management that you possess excellent time management skills.
- Dependability and responsibility: The valued accountants are those who come to work on time and are there when they are supposed to be; who are also responsible for their actions and behaviour. It is important to keep management abreast of changes in your schedule or if you are going to be late for any reason. Being dependable and responsible as an accountant shows management that you value your job and you are responsible in keeping up with projects and keeping them informed of the things that they should know about.
- Possessing a positive attitude: Learn to take initiative and leave the motivation to get the job done in a reasonable period of time. A positive attitude gets the work done and motivates others to do the same without dwelling on the challenges that inevitably come up in any job. An enthusiastic accountant creates an environment of goodwill and becomes a positive role model for others. A positive attitude is something that is most valued by supervisors and co-workers and that also makes the job more pleasant.
- Adaptability: A balanced accountant must be adaptable, maintain flexibility in completing tasks in an ever-changing workplace. Being open to change and improvements provides opportunity to complete work assignments in a more efficient manner while offering additional benefits to the mission (church), customer, and even the employee. While oftentimes employees complain that changes in the workplace do not make sense or make their work harder, often these complains are due to lack of flexibility. Adaptability also means adapting to the personality and work habits of co-workers and supervisors. Each person possesses their own strengths, and adapting to personal behaviours to accommodate others is part of what it takes to work effectively as a team.
- Honesty and integrity: A sense of honesty and integrity must be maintained above all else. When working for a mission (church), they want to know that they can trust what you say and what you do. It is the responsibility of an accountant to demonstrate moral and ethical behaviour when working and serving others within the scope of their job.
- Self-motivation: Employers look for accountants who require little supervision or direction to get the work done in a timely and professional manner. Once a self-motivated accountant understands his or her responsibility on the job, they will do it without any prodding from others. Taking the initiative to be self-directive will provide an accountant a better sense of accomplishment and increased self-esteem.