It is tax season – busy and stressful. Isn’t?
As we know that stress is a huge problem during tax season that not only reduces productivity at work, turns tax work into a chaos (that ought to be fun) but also increases costs and time needed to complete a task.
With Tax Season 2018 blog series, our aim is to help CPA, accountants, and businesses to have an easy, accurate and a relaxed tax filing season. Continuing in the series, in this post, we’ve shared few tips that can make tax-work a fun and will help you better engage with your team during this busy tax season.
Having fun at work not only helps in engaging your employees, improve their work satisfaction, reduce work-related stress, but also helps them better collaborate on work, which all, in turn, help your accounting firm file more taxes, retain more clients and earn more profits.
Follow these five tips to have more fun at work in this tax season.
A) Fun Games and Activities
Playing games and having fun activities such as pranks at work are a great way to make people laugh, facilitate bonding with your team members, and distress employees.
This also gives your employees break from their work, apply their mind with a creative and problem-solving approach at games so that they can return to their tax-related work with a happier, fresher and more energized mind.
Workplace pranks can also contribute to a positive and healthy work culture by keeping everyone close and share the deepest laugh. Make sure that games and fun activities should boost the morale of employees not let them down professionally and personally.
B) Celebrate Employee Birthdays and Anniversaries
You could probably have many things, be it your business growth or a big project, to celebrate as a team or as a business. Of course, those celebrations are important, but they lack the focus on one employee or person.
An employee birthday or anniversary is a great way to show you value their contribution and help them stand in the limelight. Even this is only for a day, but this makes them feel positive, appreciated and inspired whole day.
Have cake and ice cream on the celebration day. You can also mark their anniversary by giving them a small gift and handwritten notes.
C) Host a Communal Lunch or Dinner
Those who eat together stay together. Family style lunch or dinner lets you come close to your team, facilitate open communication and unify everyone on the same desk even your are working on different project or tax related work.
This also helps you know each other better, talk new and interesting thing and even discover new foods. Order pizza, sandwiches or throw little parties to bring people together and to open the door for the social element at work.
Eating together is much better than working together on an excel sheet or tax software. This feeling goes back into the work, thus more engagement, fun, and productivity. Make sure you have an after tax season party planned for your teammates and employees.
D) Be Appreciative
Everyone loves being appreciated. This makes them feel valued, motivated, and good about what they do.
Start small and make sure you have a personalized appreciation for each employee. You can use these words to demonstrate your appreciation, for instance, you want to appreciate your accountant William for his hard work and dedication to work, –
- Thank you! William.
- You do such a great job! Keep it up.
- Great job! William.
- Not everyone is a creative thinker… but you are.
- You’ve got a winner’s attitude. Of course!
- You took the time – and that has made all the difference!
- What a great idea, William! Thank you for sharing it with us!
- I appreciate your dedication, William. Keep it up!
- You have no idea how much this has helped me.
Praising for their good work is one of the good things you can easily do to motivate your accountants or employees and recognize their efforts in this tax season. You can also send them a handwritten note, do a heartfelt handshake or a simple pat on their back.
Tell someone how much you value their work and appreciate them today.
E) Create a Workspace You Enjoy
An unorganized and a boring work environment can dramatically reduce interest in work, productivity and feel-good vibes. No one likes white wall, unorganized files, junk crowding the space and poor lighting at the office.
It’s about how you add a ‘wow’ factor to your workspace so that it reflects your company culture, highlight people and feels like a home to your employee. Here is how:
- Designate a wall of office as the “Employee Picture Wall” where they can stick a picture of their vacation, kids, family or even a team engagement.
- Have an “Announcement Board” to announce a news, employee appreciation, job openings or events and celebrations.
- Allow employees to personalize their desk – add photos of family and loved ones, inspiring quotes or images, or a checklist of priority things for their tax season work.
- Having plants, a proper lighting and a calm and pleasant wall color can psychologically engage your employees, which results in a happier work.
These are just a few ideas – use your imagination and take employee suggestions on how you can create an office space that will make them love it and want to come to work.
Take a laugh break with this video where CPAs tell their favorite accounting jokes.
Tax season work doesn’t have to be stressful, painful and all about business, all the time. Of course, it’s what you do but professionalism never says you can’t’ have a fun at work. Don’t let stress and pressures of tax-filing bring down your employees. Have some fun and laugh to make your company’s culture a happier place to be.
So what do you do to have fun at work? How are you going to reduce your stress and maintain the positive energy in this filing season? We’d love to hear you in comments.
In the next post of the blog series, we’ll discuss what you should do after the tax season is over. Follow Ace Cloud Hosting on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn and subscribe to the email newsletter to receive updates when the article goes live.