Are Relationships Really That Simple?

By Eric Woodruff, CPA
Manager, Audit & Assurance Services

Spending a little quality time with your colleagues can make a huge difference! Just look at what happened when New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered to spend more time mentoring offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. This gesture reportedly played a large part in convincing McDaniels to stay in New England and pass on the head coaching position for the Indianapolis Colts. McDaniels considered the extra time with Belichick to be “extremely valuable.”

One of the main reasons people quit their jobs is because of an inadequate relationship with their immediate supervisor. The best way to build a strong rapport with your employees is to be like Belichick — pencil in some one-on-one time with them and show that you care. Even a brief, sincere interaction can leave a lasting impact.

Remember — it’s all about quality, not quantity. You don’t have to sit down with your colleagues for hours and tell them your whole life story. Just ask how they’re doing as you pass them in the hallway or take a few minutes to chat with them during your lunch break. Focus on subject matters that are important to them. You’d be surprised how much of a difference it makes just to have these short, simple conversations. You open the door to easier conversations when the topics become more challenging.

These days, we tend to forget about the value of face-to-face communication, or even picking up the phone. We get lost in cyberspace, always sending texts and sifting through emails. Although it may be more convenient, digital communication just doesn’t make the same impression as talking to someone in person. We’re so accustomed to dashing off messages that we lose sight of how much it means to people when we take the time to have a more intimate, meaningful interaction with them. You should make the interaction impactful but in a casual and informal manner.

Please note: Efficient communication rarely results in EFFECTIVE Communication

The more you show your employees that you care about them, the more motivated they will be to deliver on the results that your team seeks from them. Don’t let your relationship with them get lost in the flurry of emails. Make it flourish with a caring relationship, based on mutual respect and achieving the goal of the whole team!

If Sponsel CPA Group can assist you with achieving success in your business or personal affairs, please contact Eric Woodruff at (317) 613-7850 or email

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