Four Steps to Building an Effective Team

Leaders can’t succeed without a strong team behind them. This is true whether your company is a startup with one employee who is relying on a few outside advisers or the CEO of a large company with thousands of employees.

The key to team-building is to leave your ego at the door and accept that some people will be smarter than you. People will have better ideas for moving forward or understand a complex idea you are having trouble grasping. That is, in fact, the concept behind why great leaders intentionally build strong teams: high-performing teams value individual contributions.

Team-building is a process. Whether you are the leader of a large company or a company of one, following are four steps to building an effective team:

1. Hire the Right People

Hiring the right people for the job is critical. Among the questions you should ask yourself is, “Would I be comfortable delegating some of my responsibility to this person?” Trust is hard to define, but it’s a critical element of team-building.

2. Orient New Team Members

When teams first come together, they experience a honeymoon period. They can do anything that is asked of them. Good leaders recognize that this is unrealistic. New teams or existing teams with new members are just coming together. It is the leader’s job to define the scope of work the team is responsible for, set any necessary timelines, describe each team member’s role, identify responsibilities and monitor how the team is performing. The leader must watch for conflicts that can affect how well the team is evolving as a unit.

3. Communicate with the Team

Communicating with and motivating the team is a big part of all leaders’ duties. The leader needs to regularly communicate progress on goals and changes to timelines or responsibilities while simultaneously motivating the team. The best way to motivate the team is by conveying the message that team members are working together on a task. It may be a subtle difference, but this is not the same message as everyone working individually on the same task.

This is the easy part of the communication function. The more difficult part is ensuring that the team is acting in unison. Teams are made up of people, and everyone is different. Some people are confrontational and assertive, whereas others are more inclined to listen than to speak up. Most teams have members in each camp. A good leader is able to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard and everyone’s contributions are acknowledged.

In a worst-case scenario, someone may be disgruntled and leave the company. If this happens, the leader has to be straightforward and clear in communicating the reasons to the team. When that person is replaced, the leader must closely monitor how the new person fits in with the other team members.

4. Support Team Growth and Evolution

When the team first gets together, the leader’s focus is on overseeing progress and performance. Everyone on the team is an individual at the beginning, and everyone wants to prove themselves. After a while, this changes. Team members work together more easily as they grow more confident in their roles. They truly begin working as a team. This is what team leaders strive for. It is at this point trust has been established and the leader can confidently delegate responsibility.

We offer Human Resource Solutions and can help you build an effective team for your business.

Copyright 2021

Why Atlantic Payroll Partners

The biggest payroll companies probably won’t have time for your business. It’s that simple, you’ll be a number. At Atlantic Payroll Partners, you’ll be the opposite. We’ll know more than your name; we’ll know the names of your children and their birthday’s as well. We will know you.

We’ve been helping Florida business by managing their payroll and providing workers' compensation quotes for ten years. We help keep payroll cost affordable by provided transparent PEO payroll quotes that allow you to plan your budget accordingly. Like the big payroll companies, you can manage your payroll and payroll timekeeping with us, while reaping the benefits of PEO risk management.

Thinking about payroll outsourcing can be scary. Make sure you know what to expect from payroll outsourcing providers; to make the best decision for your business. In addition to offering payroll, and workers' comp quote we offer: Human Resource consultations, Accounting services, and benefits such as, 401ks and Healthcare plans.

Finding a Local Payroll Company

When you first started your business, you probably had a plan for how you would handle your payroll. As you’re in business longer, you’ve discovered that payroll is more complicated than you imagined. It’s not one thing or the other. It’s every part of the payroll process. You must keep up with federal, state, and local payroll tax regulations. Finding a local payroll company, can eliminate those headaches.

Beyond all the regulations, there are the deadlines for reports, payments, and all the rest. You’re aware that you need help with your payroll processing, but you have probably also found that there are more than 100,000 results when you search for “payroll services.” Now, it’s just a matter of finding the right local payroll services to meet your needs. Here’s how you pick the right one.

What is the Cost?

The cost of the payroll services is always a factor, and it’s usually determined based on the number of employees you have as well as the level of services that you need every month. Ask about what the pricing structure is. Find out if you’re locked in with the same subscription rate or flat fee for the entirety of your contract. If it’s an introductory fee, what’s the cost when you’re past your trial or one-year intro? Find out about hidden fees, setup fees, and customization fees. What will it cost you to access analytics, setup a custom report, or add a new user? Are there fees for accounting errors?

At Atlantic Payroll Partners, our goal is to offer easy-to-understand solutions, without hidden fees or surprise charges. Payroll processing may be your company’s biggest expense, but it’s also an indicator of your success and financial health. Your brand’s reputation is at stake. You need a partner who can help you do it right, no matter what the cost. That’s what we’re here for.

What About Compliance?

One of the biggest challenges in payroll processing is the constant evolution of compliance requirements. It’s not easy to keep track of all the changes, and also to implement the new regulations in addition to all the other requirements of your job. Find out how frequently, the tax tables are updated for compliance. What steps does the payroll service take to ensure that their services are up-to-date, and how do they notify you when those requirements change?

At Atlantic Payroll Partners, we make sure you’re compliant. We not only keep up with the current requirements, but we work with you to be compliant with the law. With our payroll service, you pay your employees on time, pay your payroll taxes on time, and file your payroll tax forms on time. We make it easy by taking the guesswork out of the equation.

What Services Do You Need?

Map out a list of the services you need both on a monthly basis and over the course of a year. The level of services are often a factor of budgetary considerations, but don’t let that be your only consideration. How flexible is the service? Can you start out with one level and branch out or expand your service requirements to meet your organizational needs? Some of the most common services include (but are not limited to):

  • Payroll Processing
  • Integration
  • New Hire Reporting
  • Payroll taxes (file and pay)
  • PTO management
  • Employee self-service
  • Payroll reports

We know that you may not even really know what services you’d like to use. You just know that you need help.  Together, as partners, we can access your current payroll process, and make recommendations for the services and solutions that will best meet your needs.

What About Recommendations?

Online reviews can be a great way to gauge how effective the payroll services are. You also need to reach out to people you trust. Ask business colleagues, friends, and online acquaintance about their experiences. You need insight on reliability, but also reputation. You need a payroll service that has the experience you need with a proven track record for successfully solving the payroll-related problems of businesses like yours.

The reviews and testimonials speak from themselves. Our customers come first at Atlantic Payroll Partners, and they have come to rely upon our experience and knowledge to guide them through the challenges inherent in the payroll process.

What About Tech Support?

When you’re first looking into the options for local payroll services, you don’t want to imagine that anything will ever go wrong. Even if everything goes right 99.9% of the time, there will invariably be some time when you will need technical assistance with the payroll system. When that happens, you cannot wait a week for help. Your reputation and the continued success of your business relies upon on-time and accurate payroll processing. You need access to a knowledgeable support person right away, and that person must be able to assist you in fixing the problem immediately.

APP offers hands-on support during the on-boarding process and every day as a member afterwards. You can call your Account Manager and get answers to your questions no matter where you are in the payroll process. That dedicated communication is key. That’s a level of support that you just don’t get from other payroll services.

Is the Payroll Company Local?

As you’ve already discovered, there are hundreds (even thousands) of options for payroll services. With most of those organizations, you’re just one of the customers they work with every day. You are a number, a cog in their giant machine. You need payroll services that puts you first as the customer and that understands the unique challenges that you’re facing in your business.

At Atlantic Payroll Partners, we know you by name. We focus on offering you the solutions that will make your life better, easier, and more productive. Our services are designed to give you the time and resources you need to do your job better. We want you to succeed, because we are a part of your community too. As part of your team, our mission is to support your needs and help you succeed. Regardless if your new or old to payroll, if you need help finding a local payroll company please reach out. 

Copyright 2021

Why Atlantic Payroll Partners

The biggest payroll companies probably won’t have time for your business. It’s that simple, you’ll be a number. At Atlantic Payroll Partners, you’ll be the opposite. We’ll know more than your name; we’ll know the names of your children and their birthday’s as well. We will know you.

We’ve been helping Florida business by managing their payroll and providing workers' compensation quotes for ten years. We help keep payroll cost affordable by provided transparent PEO payroll quotes that allow you to plan your budget accordingly. Like the big payroll companies, you can manage your payroll and payroll timekeeping with us, while reaping the benefits of PEO risk management.

Thinking about payroll outsourcing can be scary. Make sure you know what to expect from payroll outsourcing providers; to make the best decision for your business. In addition to offering payroll, and workers' comp quote we offer: Human Resource consultations, Accounting services, and benefits such as, 401ks and Healthcare plans.