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Making Your Staff Better than You

By Lisa Purichia
Partner, Director of Entrepreneurial Services & Employee Benefit Services
lpurichia@sponselcpagroup.com

A leader is only as strong as the team behind them. With just a few months before the end of the year, now is a good time to evaluate your staff and determine areas in need of improvement. Listed below are some tips to help you get started on the path toward strengthening your team and your company as a whole.

In the long run, taking these steps will enhance your ability to achieve desired results and make you a better leader as well. Most successful leaders surround themselves with a diverse, skilled group that in many cases encompasses individuals who have select skills that are better than the leader’s in certain tasks. But the group’s collective skills ultimately enhance the team’s ability to achieve success!

Listen closely! Ask your staff members about their goals within the company. Where do they hope to see themselves next month or next year? What do they want to improve? Raising these questions will let them know you care, but make sure your actions mirror your narrative and accordingly you will motivate them to be team players.

Invest in your people. Make sure they have all the necessary resources, including tools and training — not just in the beginning, but continuously throughout their time at the company. The current workplace environment mandates that your staff is continually enhancing their skills or learning new ones. Coach your employees and make them hungry to grow and thrive. But also be patient and give them the proper amount of runway and time to blossom. Focus on building upon the individual’s strengths and what they do well — don’t try and fit that square peg in a round hole!

Identify strengths and weaknesses. The most successful businesses have an effective talent management system for finding the BEST candidates to meet the company’s wide variety of needs. If there are competency gaps within your organization, perhaps you need to rethink hiring strategies, provide more training or assign certain tasks to different employees. You should ultimately strive to create an eclectic team. Diversity of thought and expertise breeds success.

If we can assist you with achieving success in your business through staff enhancement, please contact Lisa Purichia at (317) 608-6693 or email lpurichia@sponselcpagroup.com.

Do You Need an Attitude Check?

By Lisa Purichia
Partner, Director of Entrepreneurial Services & Employee Benefit Services
lpurichia@sponselcpagroup.com

In the business world, attitude is everything. And it trickles down from the top. A business owner or manager’s demeanor sets the mood for the entire workplace.

Do you need an attitude check? Think about how you interact with co-workers on a typical business day. Do you greet them in the morning with a smile? Do you ask how they’re doing? Do you emit an air of positivity?

Optimistic people tend to prosper. A positive attitude not only helps you persevere through the pressures and challenges of the professional world, but it also attracts those who can help your company grow. Your passion and enthusiasm will likely rub off on prospective clients and persuade them to do business with you. It will also convince your current clients to stick with you for the long run.

Business owners who treat people well and seem eager to join them on a road toward success are bound for bright futures. This is the power of positive thinking!

Your attitude ultimately complements your brand image. A company with high morale will attract and retain employees and clients, which will ultimately help you build a rock-solid reputation in your community and beyond.

Amid typical business obstacles and economic ups and downs, it can be difficult to maintain a positive mood and optimistic outlook. However, a persevering attitude can demonstrate a can-do experience that a leader must carry with her at all times! Just remember what the renowned motivational speaker Denis Waitley once said: “Your attitude is either the lock on or the key to the door of success.”

For more advice on the importance of attitude or for assistance with achieving success in your business. please contact Lisa Purichia at (317) 608-6693 or email lpurichia@sponselcpagroup.com.

Employee Spotlight — Sue Hott

Sue Hott has worked in the field of banking and finance for more than 30 years. She joined the Sponsel staff in the summer of 2017, and she serves as an administrative assistant to Sponsel partner Lisa Purichia.

In her position, Sue provides support to the departments of Entrepreneurial Services, Employee Benefit Plan Services and Human Resources.

Outside of work, Sue enjoys spending time with her family. (She and her husband are celebrating their 28th anniversary this November.) Alongside him and their two grown children, she loves shopping, kayaking, going to concerts and hitting the road on their Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Engage with Your Employees

By Lisa Purichia
Partner, Director of Entrepreneurial Services & Employee Benefit Services
lpurichia@sponselcpagroup.com

The job market in Indiana has been remarkably healthy. The state’s unemployment rate recently dropped to 3.2 percent and has remained below the national rate for more than four years. As a result, valued employees are very hard to attract and retain! We can honestly state that maintaining a capable workforce is the #1 problem for most of our clients. As more and more people enter the workforce, the demands of growth make it mandatory to focus in a very specific manner on how to keep employees committed for years to come.

Embrace the idea of engagement. There are several ways to keep your employees committed to your workplace in their specific assigned tasks and eager to help grow the company! One key way is to help them understand how their day-to-day tasks contribute to the company’s larger overall mission. Let them know they’re an important part of the big picture and how their specific task creates a more valuable product or service when coupled with the efforts of the whole team.

Always keep employees in the loop: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate. Sharing the latest operating results, challenges met and overcome, new businesses signed, short-term goals, as well as the long-term vision for the company will make them feel like they are closely connected to the team and working toward a common purpose. Managers may have to sometimes bridge the understanding between the short-term efforts and how they are stepping stones to the BIGGER long-term goals and measures of success.

Ask employees about their own goals. Are they carving out a specific career path? Talk to them about their plans and how you can help them achieve personal success in their work life and in their personal affairs. Many may have never considered a “Career Path” or a “Personal Improvement Plan.” Taking an interest in their hopes and aspirations will keep them motivated to give their best. Encouragement is crucial — as is coaching and mentoring! You must make your employees feel like you’re always rooting for them to excel. You must be sincere and genuine in your efforts to help them achieve their goals.

The more they know you care about them, the more they will care about their tasks. Engagement occurs when the employees are in sync and working together in a seamless fashion to accomplish the goals of success! For more advice on how to engage your employees and grow your organization, please contact Lisa Purichia at (317) 608-6693 or email lpurichia@sponselcpagroup.com.

What Does Growth Look Like?

Lisa PurichiaBy Lisa Purichia
Partner, Director of Entrepreneurial Services

You’ve no doubt heard the old business adage, “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” With the passage of tax reform, most experts say the outlook for improved growth is positive. When business leaders are more optimistic, they start making plans to grow their companies.

But what do we really mean when we say that? In other words, what does growth look like?

The most common meaning refers to growing revenue and profitability, or employees and locations. But positive growth doesn’t just mean expanding your bottom line or your roster. It can mean any number of ways to improve your organization’s processes and capabilities, as well as its reach.

For example, infiltrations into private data are now a constant threat. (For a good example, see the article below on the Meltdown vulnerability.) One form of growth would be to expand and improve your company’s technology and computer systems so it’s less prone to hacking.

Growth can also refer to increasing the skillset of your team, starting with the business leader. If you’re the owner or manager of a company, ask yourself if you have grown in your leadership skills. Have your coaching skills improved? Can you think of ways you can better apply technology to serve your customers? Do colleagues and employees viewing you as providing the right kind of leadership the organization needs?

Take a look at your interpersonal skills, and question if there is room for growth. Do you fully recognize your strength and weaknesses, and know how to best leverage those with employees, clients, stakeholders and everyone else important to the company’s success?

Another way to grow your organization is to look at the rules, regulations and best practices that pertain to your industry, to see if your business is up to competing in the marketplace. If the business environment has changed, do you need to bring your team up to speed? For example, the public accounting profession has largely moved away from paper records to digital ones.

If entering your office feels like walking back in time 20 years compared to your competitors, it’s time to grow your technological capability. Think about rotating in new computers, copiers and other equipment used on a daily basis. Is your workspace ergonomically suitable to attract and retain the best talent?

Are you making it as easy as possible for people to do business with you? For example, many companies use electronic signatures today instead of paper documents. If you’re making your customers physically mail in or fax their paperwork, your company is behind the curve. Look for growth in processes and procedures that can improve efficiency and make it simpler for clients to conduct business.

As you’re talking about what kind of growth your organization will pursue, include all your important stakeholders in the conversation – clients, vendors, employees, business partners, etc. People prefer to work with a company that is a growing, up-to-date enterprise. Top employees seek to work in such a place.

As you’re thinking about growing the company, make sure it is the type of growth that is responsive to the needs of those you serve. Sometimes bigger is better, but it’s also wise to grow your business’ capabilities. That can then lay the path forward toward a “better BIGGER!”

When you are experiencing the right kind of growth, your company will be one that people seek out to do business with, rather than one they run away from.

If you need advice on how to best grow your organization, please contact Lisa Purichia at (317) 608-6693 or email lpurichia@sponselcpagroup.com.

 

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