As a certified public accounting and consulting firm, Hertzbach’s traditional “busy season” begins mid-January and technically ends on the personal tax filing deadline date each year (in 2018 that date was April 17). Due to our wide-ranging client base, there are many statutory deadlines, clients with non-calendar fiscal years, and consulting and outsourcing projects throughout the year. However, January – April is our most concentrated time period of work.
With the help of the Hertzbach Morale Committee, our firm aims to create a positive workplace environment that ensures the well-being and career satisfaction of all staff. This is especially important during busy season when stress levels may be high. We took a few minutes to speak with Benjamin Lee, CPA, Staff Accountant. We asked Ben to reflect on his first year working at Hertzbach, in particular, his first busy season.
How would you describe your first busy season in three words?
A blurry whirlwind.
What is the most important lesson you learned during this time?
Keep an optimistic mindset.
What do you think about Hertzbach’s morale efforts throughout year?
It is encouraging and thoughtful to see the firm promote enthusiasm. In my opinion, it promotes morale. My thoughts are that: 1) Dinner is always great. 2) I normally eat a lot of eggs, yet the Omelet Chef still impresses. 3) Amber Piper (Senior Accountant, Morale Committee Member) always picks the freshest fruit for Fruity Wednesday!
How does your routine differ during busy season versus during the rest of the year?
There isn’t enough time in the day to do ALL that you enjoy, and that’s okay. I try to make time for some activities that I enjoy, and I make time for the tasks that need to be done.
What is one piece of advice you would give to incoming staff?
Sleep well, eat well and try not to neglect the hobbies that bring you joy.
What are your summer plans?
I will be backpacking in the Dolly Sods West Virginia as soon as possible. I love backpacking regardless but this time after a busy few months of work, is going to be especially nice.