Take Inventory of Your Company Culture
I’m guessing you’re thankful to be finishing the hectic race to the April 15th tax filing deadline. The focus of the last few months I’m sure was understandably on handling your heavy workload. However, now that it’s ending, this may be an opportunity to step back and look at the bigger picture.
One way to do this is to consider the culture of your firm. Ask yourself if it’s a culture of change or the status quo?
For small businesses, company culture is often overlooked, but no less important. You want to send a message to your employees that they have the power to suggest new ideas, develop better processes and make changes that better your business.
As a small business owner, it’s tempting to be involved in every aspect of the business. Just be careful not to involve yourself so heavily that you limit innovation.
So as you sit back and look toward the next cycle in your business, take inventory of your culture. How does it impact your employees and your customers? Could it be better? Does your culture allow for meaningful change?
We’ll talk more about the idea of culture next week. For now, take a moment to breathe.
Michael Alter, payroll expert with an MBA from Harvard Business School, is a nationally recognized spokesperson providing thought-leadership and sensible advice to help accounting and payroll professionals build deeper more profitable relationships with clients. Alter, President of SurePayroll, writes the Trade Secrets column on INC.com and is frequently published in Bloomberg TV, the Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur Magazine.