Busy Season Stress Busters Part Four!

Here are some more great ideas from the members of AccountingWEB.com – Part Four


  1. An AccountingWEB mentioned a Jellybean counting contest. We're doing it, and everyone loves it!! We also did tax season survival kits and attached them to an invitation to our after tax season cookout. We also have had "Nickname Day" - give your co-workers a nickname Survival Kits: Coffee singles, no-doz pills, Rolaids, Excedrin, "Nerds" candies!


  2. Some firms have an employee dinner where the whole family is invited since the families also suffer from the long hours of busy season. The tax season is such a big negative to retaining people. It seems to me that the things that are expensive really need to be done to make the tax season a tolerable if not enjoyable part of the job.


  3. We had "High School Days" - bring in a high school picture - we had lava lamps, disco balls, etc.! Lava lamps and disco balls? Remember that more than 60% of some of our firms are my age, and we remember big hair, neon clothes etc. We had memorabilia from all eras!


  4. Spring break, now that's a great idea. Everyone with kids would like to take some time off to be with their families, but if they work in the CPA industry, that's a no-no. It would be great if firms would be more flexible on this. Take off early on a Friday or take Saturday off…

Exercise Ideas!

Exercise #1: Neck Stretches:


  • Turn your head to the left until you feel a light stretch.
  • Hold this position for 10-15 seconds.
  • Return to the starting position.
  • Turn your head to the right, and hold for 10-15 seconds.
  • Return to the starting position.
  • Repeat the whole sequence 10 times.

Exercise #2: For the Lower Back

Sit straight in the seat. Tighten abdominal muscles and press your lower back into the seat back. Hold for 10 counts, and then relax. Repeat five times.

Exercise #3 - these are shoulder stretches:


  • Shrug your shoulders, and then relax them.
  • Roll your shoulders forward and backward.
  • Gently shake your shoulders.
  • Pinch your shoulder blades together.
  • Reach over head and stretch, while stretching do side bends.

#4: Forearm stretches:

Place palms together with fingers pointing toward ceiling. Keeping palms together, slowly lower hands until you feel a stretch.

Here's Exercise #5: Wrist exercises:


  • Standing: Place your left arm by your side and bend it at the elbow (in a 90-degree angle).
  • With your palm facing the floor, let your hand drop.
  • Place your right hand under your left hand. Use the fingers of your right hand to push the fingers of your left hand back toward you, until you feel the stretch in your palm and wrist.
  • Hold for 10 seconds. Release and repeat with other hand.

Be sure to check out more ideas in Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

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