Over the past few years, the Nu Gamma chapter of Beta Alpha Psi – a student organization at UNG for majors in accounting, information systems, and finance – has gained international recognition for their work in leveraging technology to hold remote meetings across campus. That knowledge has become quite useful as UNG has shifted all student activities and courses online.
The organization had planned to discuss salary negotiations with Nikelle Klariech of Smith & Howard during their April meeting. However, that discussion quickly shifted to discussion around COVID-19.
Eighty-eight percent of organizations had encouraged or required their employees to work from home while only 56% had communicated a plan of action to employees. Klariech spoke specifically about how her firm had shifted to remote work environments and the importance of communication and interaction between colleagues. Also, as the federal government has released monetary relief via the CARES Act, accountants are on the forefront of the financial discussion across the United States in terms of obtaining Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans and tax credit relief.
Eighty students and six faculty members attended the presentation via Visual Huddle.