January 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

A Message From the President

Steps to Destress After Busy Season, courtesy of jetpackworkflow.com

1) Game Day
For a friendly, competitive environment, you can put together a “Game Day” for your firm. This can in-volve a variety of games and the winner with the most points wins. It’s important that throughout this day, everyone in your firm should feel like a winner. This might include everyone getting a gift card, an afternoon off, a small token of appreciation, anything. Keep the environment light, after all, this day is relaxing!
2) Catered Food for a Week or Month
This could be both used during and after tax season. The stress the body goes through can be high, so why not reward the team with the rejuvenation of healthy food! Chances are during the busy season, the first thing to go is healthy food (and even exercise), then sleep. Take the mental burden of figuring out
“what should we eat” or “what should we pack” by catering a week or month for your team.
3) Individual “Me” Days
In this idea, you sponsor or support each team member to take a “me” day or afternoon. So for some, this might be going to the driving range. For others, it might just be being able to walk at the mall or bookstore in the middle of the afternoon. Or going to the gym in the middle of the day, or the park. The point is, each team member has to do something that is done for the sole purpose of their enjoyment. The only rule is that it has to be for them! We all love our families and kids, but let’s be honest, busy season + a family can be taxing (no pun intended!). This is about doing something for YOU.
4) Firm Retreat / Conference Outing
This is a more ambitious effort, but for those that are growing their team quickly, can be a great way to outline the future of the firm while building team cohesion. A Firm retreat can be a single day, renting out a cabin and having it catered. Discussing the clients, the team, and the goals of the firm. You can do activities like the DISC profile for each team member, and you can outline how everyone wants the rest of the year (and beyond) to go. 

5) Family/Spouse Time Gift

This is a sponsored “Date Night”, very similar to the “me day”, but in this scenario, you get your team gift cards for a Dinner, Movie, and even Babysitter budget. Alternatively, you can get a gift card for a team member’s family to play mini golf, go to a water park, bowling, etc (just be sure the entire family might enjoy it). If they have 3 kids under 3, I’d suggest the date night. If they have kids 5-13, mini golf could be an exciting and memorable outing.

6) 1 Week Remote Working
Perhaps what your team would really appreciate is a week of working from home! This way they can catch up on some sleep, while still working on important matters. For this one, your team will have to be more tech savvy, and have the ability to work from home (back to the 3 kids under 3 example… if that’s the case, there’s no way they can work from home!). But if this is a good fit for your team, this could be an easy way to allow them time to rejuvenate.
7) Practice “Spa Day”
The practice spa day is similar to game day (in that you bring games to the practice), but in this instance, you’re bringing in massage therapist, yoga instructors, and perhaps a big screen TV with video games. The point is to just make it as relaxing as possible, and create an environment where, by the end of the day, your team members will say “this was the most relaxed I’ve been in months!”. 

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Calendar of Events

DATE TIME PLACE EVENT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Tuesday
Jan 23, 2018
11:30am The Chattanoogan Membership Meeting Sarah Oakman
Wednesday
Feb 14, 2018
11:30am Chicken Salad Chick Board Meeting Becky Creswell
Tuesday
Feb 27, 2018
11:30am The Chattanoogan Membership Meeting Sarah Oakman
Wednesday
Mar 14, 2018
11:30am Chicken Salad Chick Board Meeting Becky Creswell
Tuesday
Mar 27, 2018
11:30am The Chattanoogan Membership Meeting Sarah Oakman

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Happy Birthday

Danna McWilliams January 13th
Carolyn Richie January 25th
Susan LeVan February 8th
Heather Cooper February 9th
Sarah Johnson February 10th
Tracy Hughes February 12th
Sydney Lamb February 13th

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Member News & Announcements

Congratulations!!

Becky Creswell, CPA, has recently been promoted to CFO of Grupo Sese North America! 

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