Who is the Monkey on Your Back?

By Eric Woodruff, CPA
Manager, Audit & Assurance Services

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you look at your workload and feel like you have too much on your plate? It’s time to step back and dig to the root of the problem.

Business owners and CEOs can often be their own worst enemies. Their extreme work ethic and type-A personalities can push them to pick up other people’s slack and take on too many projects. Many times those projects are the direct responsibilities of other managers!

This is a pattern of unhealthy behavior that needs to stop. The point of operating a business is to collaborate with others toward a common goal — not to conquer everything on your own.

How do you get the monkey of stress off your back? Maybe start by identifying the non-performing members of the staff and determining the areas in which they would be more effective and efficient. Maybe they’re just not working on tasks that best suit their skill set or they weren’t given proper instruction. Ineffective delegation and lack of training are usually the causes of poor workflow. But rather than simply taking over tasks yourself when this happens, work with your employees toward improvement. Two heads are better than one!

A large part of being a business owner is about holding people accountable. If you constantly take on other employees’ workloads or make up for others’ mistakes, your team will never grow. Remember, there’s no “I” in team! Don’t be your own worst enemy or let the monkeys keep piling up on your back. Start spreading the workload around and joining forces with your staff. Work smarter, not harder. Hold your staff accountable!

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 ewoodruff@sponselcpagroup.com.

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