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Bad Employee Engagement? Why It Could Be Your Fault as the Manager

March 30th, 2017

If you’re noticing that your team seems dissatisfied and unmotivated on the job, maybe you’re looking for the cause of this in the wrong places. Is it possible that bad employee engagement can be your fault as the manager? Take a look at how you interact with your team and motivate them to perform. There may be some changes you can make that will help improve the overall quality of work and everyone’s satisfaction. Here are four questions to ask yourself.

1. Are you asking employees to contribute?

Why should you ask your team to do their job every day? This seems counterintuitive. Your employees should be able to arrive to work each day and complete their duties without being asked, but is goes deeper than that. Your team wants to feel appreciated for their contributions. So, even for the job they are required to do every day, they want to know you notice. Ask your employees to contribute their own ideas every day.

2. Do you dictate job duties to them?

On the same note, how do you ask your team to handle a new project or task? Do you dictate it to them without asking them to see how they feel? Yes, they have responsibilities, but sometimes it is in the way you ask that will make them eager to complete a project or procrastinate on it out of spite. Don’t dictate, ask.

3. Do they have buy-in with the mission statement?

What is the ultimate goal of your company? Not just earning money, but what is your company mission statement? Does your team feel connected to the cause of your company? When employees feel ownership over the outcome of their work, they are more likely to be dedicated to the work and eager to do a good job for the greater whole.

4. How are they willing to commit?

If you change your management tactics toward asking rather than commanding, you will begin to notice better natural commitment to the job at hand. Your team will begin to respond favorably to the things they need to do and even seek out additional challenges to feel more ownership over their contribution to the company. This will improve overall engagement, team loyalty, and productivity.

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4 Ways to Keep Your Accounting Staff from Burning Out

March 16th, 2017

Your accounting staff is the backbone of your business. It’s important to keep them engaged, happy, and productive. As a business owner or manager, can you provide the right support and incentives to prevent them from burning out too soon in their career? If you can start this process, you will be able to retain your top accounting talent. By implementing policies that help your team stay focused and happy you will reduce your need to replace key roles and can build a better overall corporate culture. So how do you get started? Here are 4 things to consider.

1. Pay attention to the busy season.

The first quarter of the year is always busy for accounting professionals. Tax season can be challenging for anyone dealing with corporate taxes, individual taxes, or providing support to the accountants on the team. It is essential that you pay attention to the workflow during this busy time and make sure that your team isn’t being overworked.

2. Provide fun activities.

Employees from any department can benefit from socializing together. As a manager, you can facilitate these kinds of activities. Bring in lunch or dinners, especially when the workload is highest. During stressful times, people may be inclined to skip meals to keep up with their work. Coordinate happy hours to get out of the office. Or set up a team-building outing, such as a trip to a local adventure park or host a barbecue on a summer weekend.

3. Encourage work/life balance.

Your team also deserves to have a good and healthy work/life balance. Make sure that they aren’t expected to work from home or respond to requests after business hours. Encourage them to turn off their work phones or emails. There is nothing that can’t wait until they’re back in the morning, including you.

4. Adequately staff the department.

Finally, a good step to ensuring that your accounting staff is happy, engaged, and not overworked, is to be fully staffed. Do they need additional support to take some administrative tasks off their desk? Consider working with a local staffing agency that specializes in accounting and finance to bring on additional help for your department.

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Avoid These 5 Mistakes in Your Next Job Interview

February 4th, 2016

Bad Job InterviewAs a job candidate, the interview is your place to shine. The company is already interested in your skills or they wouldn’t have called you in. Now, they are looking to see if you are a personal match for the company environment and current team. It is critical at this time to put your best foot forward. Here are some mistakes that job seekers make that end up costing them a job offer.

They don’t do their homework.

You might be surprised how many job seekers enter an interview and ask, “What does your company do?” The single most important thing you can do when you schedule an interview is your homework. Research the company on their website, on LinkedIn and any stories in the news. This will give you a good base of knowledge before you talk with them, and it will allow you to customize your skills and accomplishments to their needs.

They come across as arrogant.

There is a huge difference between confidence and arrogance, but the line that separates the two is thin. It is okay to share your successes and accomplishments. In fact, that is highly desirable. But do not cross the line into arrogance. This will be an immediate deal breaker for the interviewer, and they won’t take you seriously as a candidate. Strike the right balance, and you’ll be on the right track.

They look at their phone.

Another mistake job seekers make in their interviews seems like such a common sense issue. They leave their phone on and, even worse, check it for texts or calls throughout the interview. Since the inception of cell phones, receiving communications on the go has really changed the way interact with one other. But you would do yourself a great disservice by interacting with your phone and not your interviewer at this crucial meeting.

They don’t ask questions.

In an interview, it is likely that the hiring manager will ask you if you have any questions. The worst thing you can say is no. In fact, if you’ve waited to be asked if you have any questions then you may have already missed your opportunity. Treat an interview like a conversation. Answer questions but also ask them as they pop into your head. Just don’t interrupt the interviewer.

They criticize others.

Finally, never use your interview as a personal soapbox to complain about your former employer, bosses or co-workers. Most importantly, don’t answer a question about why you left by criticizing your previous experience. This will give the potential employer a bad impression of you and they will, rightfully, believe that you may have the same attitude working for their organization.

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