The best of busiest executives circle one day on their calendar each year, and that is Administrative Professionals Day. This day gives bosses a chance to recognize their faithful staffers who help them all year long. What are some suitable gifts for the day?
As a boss, you probably don’t normally drink with your employees. However, this day can be an exception. If your staff has been working especially hard, check your local bars for Administrative Professionals Day Happy Hour schedules. You may even get a bar to kick in free appetizers if you bring in a group for Happy Hour.
Plants and Flowers
Florists have been quick to realize the potential of this special day. Floral sites will offer original plants and flowers like bonsai tree and live orchids. Plants that are easy to grow will have a home on a staffer’s desk for a long time. Artificial plants can be easily ordered from online catalogs, if your assistant does not have a green thumb.
Gift sites and stores have compiled lists of great gift ideas, and specials can be shipped overnight, if you happen to be late in ordering.
Breakfast This gift idea can motivate the entire staff, as opposed to those who are strictly administrative professionals. Money Talks says that bringing in plenty of coffee, orange juice, bagels and flavored cream cheese will feed the office and increase morale.
Breakfast is an excellent way to start the morning off right, and it’s a bit easier to assemble than a company lunch. Not everyone would agree on what restaurants to hit for lunch, but most everyone is fine with grabbing bagels and OJ or coffee to start their morning.
There are other ideas that can improve morale and show appreciation without costing a cent. You can nominate employees for special awards, or come up with inventive ways to show your employees that you appreciate their hard work. If you would rather have something physical to help them remember the day, online gift sites offer you plenty of selection.
When you water your garden and lawn, there are some things you should keep in mind. Did you know that a lawn needs one to one and a half inches of water each week? This can be a lot of labor.
This work can be made easier with the Pocket Hose Ultra. It solves many problems associated with regular hoses. You won’t have to wrestle with kinked, tangled or heavy hoses when you use the Pocket Hose Ultra.
The Pocket Hose Ultra is three times stronger than the original. It comes with a lifetime guarantee. It shrinks down for storage and then expands when you turn on your water. It offers the same power as a conventional hose but it’s much easier to work with.
Regular hoses take a long time to roll up, even if you buy a box for storage that includes a roller. The hose can get tangled if you go outside the roller in the boxes. The Pocket Hose Ultra from Taylor Gifts unravels easily when you fill it, and then coils back by itself. You won’t have to worry about your hose getting kinks in it, or put up with one becoming tangled while you try to hang it up.
If you have a garden on your balcony, a Pocket Hose Ultra will take up less space, and still allow you to water all your plants and flowers. It takes up such a small space that you can easily find room for it, even on a balcony.
Many people have gotten rid of their old hoses after they purchased the Pocket Hose Ultra. Conventional hoses are a nuisance not just to use, but to put away, as well. A hose that rolls itself up after use makes watering a lawn or garden so much easier.
If you’re like many Americans, you may be working on your taxes for the past year. As the deadline approaches, it can cause a great deal of stress. Sometimes it is even necessary to file an extension.
If you’re tired of the stress that tax time creates for you, then start right now in organizing your paperwork for this year, so that doing your taxes next year will not be as difficult.
Organize Your Digital Tax Documents
Create a folder in your main email account for all online purchases. If you run a business or do any work from home, use a separate email address, to keep track of payments and expenses.
File your receipts into a “Receipts” folder and save those on a flash drive that you can store along with your tax return when it’s done next year. According to Bargain Babe, cloud based storage can also be used for storage of tax information.
Organize Your Physical Tax Documents
There may be some files you’d like to save the old-fashioned way. An accordion file works well for W2s, 1099s, home improvement receipts, mortgage interest statements and property tax receipts. Everything will be easily accessible next year.
Be sure that you write down the date and what the purchase was when you file your receipts. Otherwise, you may not remember what you bought, by the time tax time rolls around next year.
If you make donations to Goodwill, Salvation Army or other charities and they are property rather than cash, get a receipt when you drop your items off. Don’t be surprised, if you donate more than $500 of goods, if you are asked when those items were purchased, how you acquired them (gifts, etc), how much they cost originally and how you determined their basic thrift store value.
By keeping close track of your records as the year goes along, you won’t be stuck next year at tax time trying to find receipts from boxes and piles. Organization makes the whole process less stressful.