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Repeating Work Showing Blank
Wondering if anyone has encountered this issue: I have a repeating work that shows up on my list of work for a client. The issue is when I go into the POW, the Repeat field is blank. It shows not repeat schedule. Nor does it allow me to set up a repeating schedule. I’m not sure what happened. Any ideas?
Client work deadline management and reporting in Karbon - best practices?
Hi everyone, I’ve tried to search the Community but can’t find an answer for this.How do you make sure that you are not missing compliance deadlines for clients, and have good line of sight on them at least 30 days in advance? For example, do you set a protocol that for personal tax repeating work items, the work due date is always set at 15 days before the personal tax deadline for all clients? And similarly for sales tax, corporate tax, payroll, etc.? We haven’t really set such a protocol and found that different team members set different due dates for compliance-related work items (either a few days before the due date or after, if there are follow-up tasks to do such as confirming a Notice of Assessment is available from tax authorities after filing).This makes it difficult to quickly see the ‘true deadline’ for each compliance work item, and across all work items to identify risks/issues early.Would love your thoughts on this - how have you managed to document and monitor deadlin
Client tasks - notifications
Hi AllWith Client Tasks - we send out annual questions to clients for preparation of their financial statements and tax returns. We have a Client Task section with individual tasks for responses, download/upload files etc.The Assignee for the Work is the Accountant. But we send the Client Tasks from me (Practice Manager)When the client responds to each individual task both myself and the accountant get triage notifications. This morning each of us has 10+ notifications in triage for this one client/work item. Hugely distracting.Would be better if only one person got the notifications (either assignee or sender, not both) and maybe to have option to choose which person for each client task section? Would be even better if we didn’t get notifications on each individual task within the section, but a summary or daily update on the client task section overall (i.e. if client has updated a task during a 24 hour period, then the daily notification shows what has changed on that task or tas
Time & Budgets
We are a practice that moved away from time billing to fixed price billing. This means that our time is largely an internal cost control measure to ensure that the pricing was both competitive and covers the labour hours.I am currently using TSheets to record at client level and using the custom fields to record against the type of job completed for the client but would like to move to Karbon’s T&B function to streamline the number of pieces of software we have on the go.Does anyone use T&B in this manner and how have you got yours set up? I’d rather not have to record at a Job level if I can help it beyond recording time spent on the client with a relevant tag but can’t seem to figure out how that is possible?Also - I’m finding the reports a little basic (in comparison to the Email and Work Insights board). Does anyone use an additional reporting tool to give insight?
Unable to edit timesheet entries
I have been working on setting up Time & Budgets for our firm. There seems to be a problem with the timesheet approval process. When a colleague submits their timesheet for approval, I am not able to edit their timesheet entries. The How To Instructions specifically say that you should be able to do that. Here is a link to the article https://help.karbonhq.com/en/articles/4441703-review-and-approve-timesheets-as-a-time-administrator Has anyone else had this issue?
Staff Training Platforms - LinkedIn Learning (formerly lynda.com)? Other platforms for standardized US Bookkeeping and Accounting Training?
I am starting a trial of LinkedIn Learning next week to see if it meets our needs, but I’m looking to give our staff a baselineIntentionAll staff trained the same way without drawing resources form existing staff members.RoadblocksIn the past, staff training is sometimes really good if we are organized and the people with the knowledge are available to train. Other times, we hire staff and are already behind on capacity, so the training isn’t handled well and new staff are left floundering.I’ve looked to the AICPA and other groups for standardized training for things like sales tax, bookkeeping, etc., but have come up empty handed.We will still do hands-on over-the-shoulder training, so no need to convince me of the importance of that. I’m curious if anyone has used and likes a standardized training platform or has any suggestions for how I might standardize my training without pulling away my highly skilled staff to train fundamental concepts.Other IdeasWe are also working to develop
To-Do vs My Week vs Work
Hey Everyone, Our firm is having some difficulty determining where we should be looking to see outstanding work for our team. We are using some iteration of To-Do, My Week, and Work as each one of them some benefits as well as their shortfalls. To-DoThis is what we have everyone use as it has the ability to list all tasks at a granular level. Our work item set up isn’t task heavy. Anything that can be done in one sitting is listed as one task with multiple steps in the description. What we do not like about To-Do is that you cannot get a total time budget allocation for all tasks in a given time period nor is it guaranteed that they will all show up on the client profile as work completed for a client. Example would be small tasks that were assigned from emails and not attached to a work item are not visible as items that were completed for a client when we are assessing how much out of scope work we do for a client throughout the year. My Week We have not yet been confident enough in
I am wondering if other peers have the same feeling that the it is not convenient to locate and find the past emails, communications, notes easily. I am wondering it will be good if following can happen:Current search doesn’t show up the comments, but comments is now a very important communication internally Karbon encourage to replace emails for internal communication, so the search should cover comments to enable us to find past comments easily. When we search something, Initially, it should show up all the results no matter it is email, note, work or comments. the tab for emails, notes etc. can still be there, but it will serve as filter function.
Work type and Task Type
I would like to see how other peer firms here use Work Type and Task Type, What scenario are each of these two types used for what purpose? and how to setup these two types to avoid overlapping. I currently set up more than more than 10 internal work type (non-chargeable, for internal management, like marketing, HR, finance etc.) and more than 10 internal tasks type (similar to work type). I want to cut task type to “chargeable” and “non-chargeable”. not sure if that will cause any useful report having less data.
Client request still asking for a PIN
I sent a client request today and I received an email back from the client asking me what the PIN was to access. I thought all new work was supposed to have the magic link now. When I clicked on the MANAGE CHECKLIST icon, it indeed asked for a PIN. I told the client to use the forgot PIN feature, but this seems odd to me.Has anyone else had this issue come up?
New Tax Season Best Practice
We started using Karbon (actually IPM powered by Karbon) in June for our clients on extension and our ongoing accounting clients. For the tax work - we used the Proconnect templates and imported the tax returns from ITO. We are in the process of updating all the tax templates now that we had the ability to work with the system. And that leads to my questions about best practices.Some of the template details will change for us year to year as we plan to have clients click off client request tasks regarding that year’s due dates and pricing. As such we don’t plan on setting up repeating work for annual tax returns. I am curious if setting up work for each year’s tax return is a better idea than having to update the repeating client work each year. It seems about the same level of effort to me, but I just wanted to see if I may be missing a bigger picture on this. A similar but slightly different take on opening tax season - do you create the returns in ITO and then import each year
Client Portal for clients with multiple entities
Hi everyone! Overall we are loving the Client Portal, however we are running into HUGE issues with clients that have multiple entities in their business.We don’t currently have the entity name in each work item. As a result, when they open up their portal, they have no way of distinguishing between entities.The only fix I’ve found at the moment is to add the entity name to each work item, but it will take me hours to do.
Work Item Creation responsibility in your org?
Hello! I would like to find out how other organizations assign the task of creating work items (new clients, new projects, whatever). Do you centralize that process internally to one person/group that manages it? We talked about that being a more administrative/process mgt task that could be done for the accounting teams. I also wonder if pushing that to the team/accountant that is actually doing the work is better (this could lead to various styles and inconsistencies across client work items). Any thoughts out there or experience/lessons learned? Thank you!
Team role in Karbon
In Karbon, for work(/job) level, there is only only work assignee who is supposed to be a job in-charge. However, in accounting firm, due to the compulsory requirement of professional code, each piece of professional work require an engagement manager as well as an engagement leader (normally the partner). There is nowhere to put these two role in. I know there is so called “client owner” and “client manager” under client contact card. However, these two to me are only for client level, rather than work level concept. Since 1) the client owner and client manager are more for relationship purpose, rather than the professional work role. 2) most important, in my firm, one client may have different type of work, for example, tax service and accounting service may have different work managers, one client manager does not cover both at all. How are you guys or KARBON expert suggest on this? Only get-around I found is to setup a colleague role called “work manager” and “work leader”, however
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