Updated: Sep 5, 2020
A few years ago, I rode a mountain bike 231 miles from Durango, Colorado to Moab, Utah. It was exhilarating, beautiful, and exhausting all at the same time. And quite an exhibition in Teamwork! Since the six of us had never all met (everybody knew one or two others, that was it…), we had to quickly determine our individual roles on the fly. It was clear that John and I were the least fit, so on Day One we were put together as a group, separate from the other four. Brice and Joe were the strongest riders, so they would do more technical routes, and Ron and Jason were somewhere in between. Joe likes to cook (and he’s good at it too…!), so we deferred to him most of the time. The rest of us would share dish duties to even the load. Brice didn’t like doing dishes, but he would sweep and mop the floors prior to our departure. Ron, who had coordinated it all, was our default Navigator. Jason and I were able and willing “gofers”, willing to do anything that needed to be done. Somehow, this all worked out. Six basic strangers cooperating for the betterment of the Team.
At Accurate Auditors, we are experienced at Team Auditing. Sometimes it makes sense to have two people together; one counts, one documents. Other times, it's best to "divide and conquer", with each person conducting their own separate audit. Circumstances dictate which approach we take, as no two audits are ever the same.
Do your employees work equally as efficient? Do they even know their roles or expectations? If you haven’t met with your employees within the last 4-6 months and discussed their role in your business, perhaps now would be a good time to do so.
Bob Oppermann, and The Accurate Auditors Team