Thursday, August 13th, 2015
More and more CPA firms are facing the challenge of how to effectively manage remote workers.
I hear many success stories of being able to retain talented professionals even if they have to relocate to another city or state…. or even country. Remote connectivity for all firm team members has solved that issue. They can actually do the client work no matter where they are sitting.
It’s all the other things that are troublesome. How do we communicate with them? How do we make them feel part of our daily routine? How do we build the camaraderie that people working side-by-side in an office feel? How to we infuse them with our culture?
These challenges will only grow and expand as we move into the future. There are several software solutions to help reinforce communication, teamwork and share work status. That’s just the first step.
Here’s a recent post by Randy Rayess on Fast Company: 3 Tips For Managing Remote Workers. While remote workers is something rather new for the CPA profession, it will be a major factor in the future for the CPA profession.
The 3 tips are:
- Just be compassionate
- Check in personally – even if you can’t physically
- Encourage team members to interact
Follow the link, above, to read more about each of the 3 tips.
To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
It might seem like I am constantly nagging you about employee engagement. Of course, it is very important for all employers but certainly critical for the CPA profession.
Image from Gallup
Per Gallup, an alarming 70% of American employees aren’t working to their full potential, and they’re slowing economic growth.
Let’s say that inside your public accounting firm you do have a lot of young, engaged employees. My first point is that in CPA firms, we often recruit bright, energetic, positive focused individuals from the college campus and we soon, so to speak…. suck the life out of them!
Young accounting graduates, like most people, want challenging work – continually challenging work so they can gain valuable experience. In your firm, do not let long-time managers cling to the more difficult work! Assign it to the seniors and staff and, if you have to, FORCE your managers and partners to do manager and partner-level work.
Okay, so you have many Engaged employees. Larry Myler, a contributor on the Forbes site, tells us that there is a level of employee beyond one that is engaged.
This level of engaged employee is called an Intrapreneur – An employee who is both willing and able to develop ad implement innovative solutions, thereby adding surprising value to some or all of the organization’s stakeholders.
An Intrapreneur is aware of the bigger picture, including strategic goals, customer desires, competitive threats and the need for continuous improvement. They act like leaders by creating value through cost-reducing and revenue-increasing innovation.
CPA leaders – Take a few minutes to follow the links provided and learn more about this type of employee. Then cultivate them. Don’t let the weeds choke them out.
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
General George Patton
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
Freed Maxick features their talented team in ads and online.
Here’s their 3rd ad in a series highlighting their professionals and how their hobbies and passions bring value to their clients and to the firm. Meet Rachele Folino.
Looks like Rachele “lightens-up” on a lot of week-ends!
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