Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

Rewarding Top Performers

“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.” – Jonas Salk

It is true inside a CPA firm. You reward your best performers by giving them more work. That’s not what Jonas Salk meant by the quotation above.

The scheduler hears it often….. don’t assign Barry to my client’s engagement, give me Betty. (Yes, Betty is a top performer, and Barry, not so much.)

While I recommend you be fully aware as you assign work. Make sure that someone isn’t being over-scheduled, because they will end up leaving your firm.

I also have some advice for the Bettys of the CPA world. The best way to learn the game of business and expand your world of accounting knowledge is to demand that you be given more and more challenging assignments. Just because you are fast at one particular task, never be satisfied doing that same task over and over again.

Public accounting offers so many avenues for success. Explore them all. Ask for more challenging work and never be afraid to communicate that you have too much and need help. As time goes on, you will discover what you love doing. It might be tax, it might be SALT, it might be CAS, it might be audit, it might be estate planning, it might be working with auto dealers, manufacturers, franchisees, or any other services or niches your firm offers, including business advisory.

The status quo won’t get you very far.

  • "There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something."
  • Henry Ford

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