Becoming a Better Finance Manager: What to Do and What Not to Do

Everyone has room for improvement at work. This includes your role as a finance manager.

Becoming a better finance manager elevates your team’s performance. Your employees likely will stay engaged longer, perform better, and remain with your organization longer.

As a result, you must do what you can to become a better finance manager. The following tips can help.

Becoming a Better Finance Manager

Do: Remain Accessible

Make yourself available to your employees. Encourage them to talk with you about their needs and concerns.

Being accessible shows you value and respect your team. It also improves employee engagement, productivity, and morale.

Don’t: Micromanage

Your role is not to perform your employees’ work. This means you do not need to hover while your team members complete their tasks.

Keep in mind you hired the best talent and trust them to effectively complete their work. You are there to provide guidance, supervision, and mentorship. This includes giving your team the necessary resources, letting them work, and being available for questions and support.

Do: Provide Feedback

Regularly give each employee constructive feedback. Include what they are doing well, what they can do better, and specific ways they can improve.

Constructive feedback builds trust and respect among your employees. It also improves employee engagement, performance, and retention.

Don’t: Shame Your Employees

Publicly embarrassing your employees does not establish your authority. Rather, it undermines your credibility and turns your team against you.

Instead, privately suggest methods to improve an employee’s performance. Use the discussion to empower your team member with specific steps to more effectively perform their work.

Do: Celebrate Accomplishments

Acknowledge when your employees reach a target, finish a project, or attain a goal. Include what each team member accomplished, the steps they took, and their impact on the organization.

You may want to send your employee a congratulatory email or take your team to lunch. Also, let other managers, supervisors, and leaders know of your employee’s or team’s success. Plus, provide a bonus, raise, or promotion when appropriate.

Celebrating employee accomplishments encourages your team to repeat the behaviors that led to the results. This elevates employee engagement, performance, and job satisfaction.

Don’t: Ignore Your Employees’ Skill Development

Employee skill development is imperative for career progression. Not having opportunities for professional development means your team members cannot move up within the organization. Lack of advancement encourages your employees to look for jobs elsewhere.

Instead, delegate tasks to your employees to promote their skill development. Also, offer stretch assignments, job shadowing, and cross-training opportunities. Plus, let your team members lead meetings and represent the company at industry events. These actions promote employee longevity with your company.

Effective Leadership Means Hiring the Best

Understanding what to do and what not to do as a finance manager makes you a more effective leader. The more your employees feel valued and respected, the longer they will stay engaged, perform their best, and remain with your organization.

Free up the time needed to manage your team by making Casey Accounting & Finance Resources part of your recruiting process. Get started today.

Featured Accounting Talent

Casey Resources, one of the top finance and recruiting agencies in Chicago, currently has several outstanding candidates.  Here is a sample of some of the top talent currently available.   Contact Casey Accounting & Finance Resources today and let us place the right accounting and finance worker with your company!


  • Areas of Expertise: Annette is a CPA with Strong SAP system experience.
  • Noteworthy: Expertise includes preparing financial statements, month-end close, consolidations. Excel skills include: pivot tables and v lookups.
  • Position of interest: Senior Accountant Role
  • Available for: Temporary, Temporary to Hire and Direct Hire opportunities.
  • Location: McHenry County, Lake County and Elgin/Schaumburg area


  • Areas of Expertise: Justin is a MBA with about 3 years experience
  • Noteworthy: Expertise includes financial consolidations of multiple entities, in-depth reporting and presenting financial information to executives, developing budgets and forecasts. Strong user of Cognos and Excel
  • Position of interest: Senior Financial Analyst Role
  • Available for: Direct Hire opportunities.
  • Location: Flexible


  • Areas of Expertise: Michelle has 5+ years of small manufacturing company experience as Accounting Manager.
  • Noteworthy: She has supervised multiple employees and been responsible for all accounting functions. Direct responsibility for US and Canadian operations. She has a BA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance. She is proficient in Navision, Great Plains, AS400 and JD Edwards.
  • Position of interest: Michelle is looking for Accounting Manager role.
  • Available for: Temporary, Temporary to Hire and Direct Hire opportunities.
  • Location: Hoffman Estates, IL area.


  • Areas of Expertise: Katherine is a financial executive with a background of planning and managing initiatives to improve finance, accounting and operational processes.
  • Noteworthy: Her extensive professional skills and experience include financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting, improving processes, procedure and productivity, managing expense budgets and capital expenditures, producing accurate financial statements and reports, coordinating sales tax reporting and reconciliation, negotiating contracts with vendors & suppliers, HR/payroll/taxes/employee benefits, minimizing financial risks & exposures, analyzing insurance coverage & premiums and controlling costs & boosting profits.
  • Position of interest: Accounting Manager, Controller or VP of Finance
  • Available for: Temporary, Temporary to Hire and Direct Hire opportunities.
  • Location: Chicago, IL area with ideal locations within the western and northwest suburbs


  • Areas of Expertise: This CPA Professional has 7 years within the manufacturing industry arena including 16 direct reports. He also possesses 5 years experience kicking off his career within public accounting. Nick’s core values are integrity, ability to make a difference, balance and ever learning. He is very service oriented.
  • Noteworthy: He has provided continuous internal controls to improve and develop his team of best practices and procedures. He has installed cross-training and developed the roadmap for his staff. While with a prior employer he was involved with standard cost for engines and while in public accounting he audited manufacturing operations verifying the standard costs. He has held full g/l, financial statement, budgeting, forecasting and modeling responsibility throughout his career. Nick considers himself a power user of SAP. He has also been involved with a system conversion from an IBM platform to PeopleSoft platform.
  • Position of interest: Controller
  • Available for: Direct Hire opportunities
  • Location: Schaumburg or Chicago IL Loop


  • Areas of Expertise: Mike has solid progressive career growth throughout his career.
  • Noteworthy: He was designated “Accounting Expert” for a Fortune 500 SAP Conversion. He established all Policies and Procedures in addition to building and training a team for a new Fortune 500 Accounting Department due to an acquisition. He managed the accounting and analysis for the a business segment with revenues over $2.4B. He streamlined the accounting close process as well as developed gross margin analysis model to quickly and accurately identify margin and pricing issues for that Fortune 500 Company.
  • Position of interest: Corporate Accounting Manager
  • Available for: Direct Hire opportunities
  • Location: Joliet, IL and along Route 88 corridor to Aurora

Interested in learning more?

Contact Casey Accounting & Finance Resources today and let us place the right accounting and finance worker with your company!