One of the biggest challenges of running your own business is hiring the right staff and keeping everyone happy and productive year round. Accounting firms in particular, are known for their extremely busy peaks throughout the year, which can be a cause of stress and tension. Likewise, the quieter months can also be a concern as staff motivation can take a downward turn. Here are five simple ways to keep your staff motivated all year long.
1 Make work/life balance a priority
Managing work/life balance is hard but it’s more important than ever to make sure your workplace is leading the way. Keep an eye on the work hours of your staff and see if there is anything you can do to help manage heavy workloads, especially during the busy months. You may need to hire new staff or contractors, or offer overtime for those who are consistently working long hours. Consider greater flexibility in your workplace, such as options to work from home or flexible hours in order to cater for everyone’s different needs and wants.
2 Encourage regular breaks
Taking a lunch break shouldn’t be optional in your workplace. In order to get your staff motivated, make sure you are encouraging everyone to take regular breaks and get away from their desks. Every once in a while, buy lunch for your staff and get everyone to have a bite to eat together. To encourage health and fitness in the office, consider providing some office perks, from stand-up desks to discounts for gym classes, or join a sports team together.
3 Reward success
Everyone wants to be rewarded for their hard work so it’s important to celebrate your staff at every opportunity. It can be something as small as shouting your colleague a coffee or giving your staff an early mark on a Friday or going bigger, with end of year bonus schemes or rewards for hitting milestones. Even just a kind note or email can go a long way into making employees feel valued and appreciated for their efforts.
4 Offer a clear path for promotion
One of the biggest concerns for employees is feeling like they are stuck or no longer able to move or grow in their career. Everyone wants to feel like they are continually progressing, so it’s important to offer a clear path for promotion within your firm. Communicate to your employees how they can move up in their careers and what’s expected from them to move to the next level. Offer consistent feedback and reviews so everyone is on the same page when it comes to salary expectations, bonuses and promotions.
5 Opportunities for growth
In the same way that many employees crave promotion, it’s important to allow your team to progress in their knowledge and skills. Provide opportunities for everyone to upskill and grow as professionals by offering mentoring, online training or lunch and learn sessions. Consider having a training budget, where staff can complete courses or training in their own time, on your dollar. You want to foster a team that is willing to upskill and learn, especially in an industry that’s constantly changing.