How HR can lift morale during times of high-stress

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Overtime and hours 

“It’s their peak season so of course there’s a lot of tight deadlines and lots of long hours,” says Dunlop, “but we monitor the hours because we don’t want employees burning out.”

And, in a move which is somewhat rare for the accounting industry, RLB actually pays overtime to professional employees.

To add to that, employees can also look forward to the summer – where they reap the rewards of putting in all those extra hours by gaining every Friday off.

Mini mood-boosters

Small things that lift employees’ spirits – even by a little – are definitely worth doing during especially stressful periods, says Dunlop.

Just some of the mood-boosters RLB has introduced to keep employees happy include; motivational Monday music, healthy snacks, an employee baby-photo wall, chocolate day, masseurs on site and a week of cookies counting down to a “huge tax-party” on April 30th.

“It’s all to encourage employees to take a break and it goes back to making People Count,” says Dunlop. “We truly believe that people are our most valuable asset and you have to look after them.”

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