Accountants are no different than anyone else at the company during holiday time. We get swept up in heartwarming nostalgia when we hear holiday music, smell and taste delicious baked goods, and are invited to extend our lunch hours or leave the office early to get our shopping done before the crowds.
Like everyone else at the company, this is the time of year we welcome office parties, cookie and cake tastings, year-end award ceremonies and fun secret Santa exchanges. These are all well-deserved distractions and often offset the pressures and stress that we also bump into holiday season.
But because these distractions are happening continuously during year-end, creating a laissez faire atmosphere, they set up our accounting teams for failure if we lose focus and inadvertently…