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Monthly Dose for the Monthly Close

For the Evolving Accounting Department

April 2013


About ART

ART equips executives with striking insight into their balance sheet by transforming the account reconciliation process.  Do away with spreadsheets, crazy emailing and manual distractions.  Enjoy ART's powerful workflow management and reporting tools to automate account reconciliations and become more productive without ever installing software.


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We Know That...

Adopting new technology is a big change.  That’s why we offer different ways to help you decide if ART is right for your accounting group. 

Watch a short video on what we do, how ART works and the ways you can benefit.

Schedule a private demo for your group to see how ART can transform your account reconciliation process without breaking the bank. 

See if ART can drive productivity and automation into your monthly close by lightening workload, standardizing and creating total transparency.

How to Choose Projects

  Nancy Wu, Head of Client Service

Finding the right project to work on is just like getting a new boyfriend:  Choosing wisely is half the battle.

Sometimes you can’t say no because it’s an order from the boss, or because your mom already set up the date with that guy’s mom, and it’s imperative that you show up.  But other times you can pick who you want to meet, or what projects you want to take on.

The most visible assignments are not always the best ones to get involved in, and the most skilled individuals are not necessarily the ones you want to work with.  That’s the biggest lesson I learned in the last ten years of project work.

Instead, here is what really matters:

  • Personal Control and Contribution.  There is nothing more mind-numbing than working on something where you have little personal control over the outcome and few opportunities to contribute meaningfully.  Well-suited projects allow you to wield a certain level of judgment and decision-making freedom.
  • Length of Time.  Long-term projects invariably come with long-winded office politics and lots of folks to please.  If you’d like to leave work at a decent hour each day, best to avoid getting tangled up in this kind of administration.  Shorter assignments yield visible results faster.  They also don’t have time for scope changes and project management wizardry.
  • People.  Work with friends.  Research has shown that having just one friend in the workplace dramatically increases job satisfaction.  Same goes for projects.  Everyone at work will be fairly competent (we all passed the interview process, after all).  So, choosing your teammates based on skill set won’t matter as much as you think.  Seeing a friendly face every day, however, will make a big difference in your workday.

The time we spend at work should be, as much as possible, engaging and joyful.  Everyone has a certain amount of control over this by choose our commitments carefully.

We Think You Should Get Out More

At SkyStem, we believe that account reconciliations shouldn’t get in the way of life.  We help you get them done fast, get them done right, so you can get out of the office and on with your life!

See how we can help automate and streamline your month-end account reconciliations.


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