Focus on accountants’ wellbeing … and National Numeracy Day

One of the Accountex 2018 sessions I’m particularly looking forward to is the panel discussion called “Can Women Have it All?”

The panel will be chaired by Catherine Morgan, FCA. She will be joined by: Isabelle Campbell a consultant, trainer and coach; Laura Dymott, a forensic accounting and investigations team manager; and Sally Hemming a senior manager of employee relations at EY.

The remaining member of the panel is Kath Haines, chief executive, CABA.

Charity that focuses on wellbeing

CABA, I discovered after a bit of googling, stands for the Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association.

It is the charity that focuses on the wellbeing of members of the profession.

Kath, below, tells Accounting Insight News: “We’re really happy to be exhibiting at Accountex again this year. Our team of CABA experts will be on

hand at stand 1146 to discuss our services, share top tips and ideas on how to look after your own wellbeing.

Free neck and shoulder massage

“We’ll also be offering free mini back, neck and shoulder massages to help delegates feel calm and relaxed as well as giving out some goodies, too!

“I’m personally delighted to be part of an interactive panel, discussing the burning question, ‘Can women have it all?’ .”

“This is a really thought provoking topic, and I’ll be sharing my own personal experiences on the hurdles I’ve had to overcome, how women can support each other and what we can do together to help bring about change. I’ll also be joined by an excellent panel for this discussion.”

CABA has recently launched a range  of courses looking at wellbeing issues such as lack of sleep, mindfulness for busy people, self-awareness and improve their careers.

Accountancy sector can be intense

The charity’s learning chief Laura Little, says: “Working in the accountancy sector can be intense, and can occasionally require long hours, to meet workplace commitments. When this becomes a regular occurrence, it’s easy for our work-life balance to tip too far towards work, which can ultimately have a negative effect on our physical and mental health.

“Our new courses are designed to help ACA students, ICAEW Imembers and their families feel more in control of what’s happening, and what’s set to come.”

Check in with CABA at Accountex…

It’s National Numeracy Day!

On the subject of wellbeing and education, here’s a headline that simply cannot be ignored, especially if you are an accountant (and presumably handy with figures): “Britons’ lack of numeracy ‘subtracts £20bn from the economy.” 

Leaving aside the excellent/shockingly awful (delete as appropriate) pun, that seems like an awful lot of money. Which is why it’s a relief that next Tuesday is National Numeracy Day.

Supported by the likes of KPMG and NatWest, the campaign’s basic message is that you’re never too old learn new mathematical tricks.

And this is good news because National Numeracy, the charity running the day, reckons that poor number skills and lack of arithmetical confidence is one of the reasons the UK is struggling in the productivity stakes. Hence the lost billions. They say 17 million people having the number-crunching ability of a primary school child.

And best of all there’s an online test here

You should find it a breeze!! Have a great weekend!



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