Accountants are experts at delegating.
Don’t believe that? Just try to get an accountant to do something and you’ll soon see it delegated to no less than two people.
Accountants get their first taste of delegation early on in their careers. It starts out as getting one binder from next door. Before you know it, an accountant is delegating away all their areas to unfortunate slaves people. The amazing part is how an accountant will spend more time explaining the delegated task than it takes to complete it.
Delegation is an important part of maintaining work life balance for senior accountants. Delegation allows them to golf, travel, or shop while the people below them are forced to compensate by working more unpaid overtime.
When you talk to an accountant, they will acknowledge everything and assure you that they will take care of it. Moments later, the accountant is “working offsite” while their staff is trying to figure out what kind of crap was passed onto them.
Delegating tasks has a lot in common with throwing people under the bus. Both suck and help form the foundation of the accounting profession.
Although delegation sounds horrible, it makes sense in that a manager should not be making photocopies at their charge rates. However, delegation is, in reality, used to avoid doing any work at all. This way if things work out, an accountant can take the credit. If things blow up, it’s time to throw people under the bus. Rinse and repeat.