Understanding accounting for job performance


Your coworker has just been promoted to a new position in which she should have at least a basic understanding of accounting. You are worried that she may not be able to perform her new duties, as she does not understand the concepts and principles of accounting. During lunch one day, you ask her if she feels like she can perform all the responsibilities of her new job. She replies, “How hard can it be? All you have to do is enter the data into the computer and the computer will put the data where it belongs.”

Based on what you have learned up to this point, answer the following questions:

  • How hard do you think it will be for her to perform her duties if she doesn’t understand accounting?
  • What obstacles do you think she may face?
  • What recommendations do you have for her?