Tax Season Stress Busters…Part Two

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Last week we presented some ideas on ways to reduce the stresses of tax season. Here are some more great ideas from the members of – Part Two

  1. On nice weekend days, teens can come to the office parking lot and wash all the cars.
  2. I worked for a firm that supplied busy season meals Monday through Thursdays from March 1st through April 15th. We had a caterer come three of the four days and ordered pizza on Thursdays. We also had doughnuts and a cold sandwich lunch on Saturday. Food Food Food!
  3. We have the bulk food type bins set up in our kitchen with everything from fish crackers to M&M's and much more! We also have fresh fruit and good things of course. Here are some diet snack suggestions for food to make available to staff:
    • Dried fruit and nut snack mix
    • Fresh fruit
    • Raw veggies
    • Half a whole-wheat bagel
    • High-fiber cereal
    • Low-fat, whole-grain crackers
    • Low-fat, whole-wheat pretzels
    • Also, granola bars and other power bars are great
    • Reduced-fat microwave popcorn
    • Nuts and yogurt may be boring snacks, but provide excellent sources of energy for getting through those long days.
  4. I have disposable cameras set around the staff area for those Kodak tax season moments. I'll take the candid shots and put them into a PowerPoint surprise presentation at our after tax season party.
  5. Pink Slips: You have pink slips that your team can fill out on another team member for extending exceptional service to a colleague or client during tax season and put it in a fish bowl. We meet every Monday afternoon at 3:00 in the conference room and read each one so everyone gets acknowledged the last one out of the bowl wins $25 cash and is in the grand prize drawing - at the end of tax season for a prize of $50.
  6. I know a managing partner whom I gave the idea to that's giving away a trip for two to the Bahamas! I have a manicurist coming in Friday's who does massages and reflexology as well. The staff loves it! They are half hour sessions -- she's booked solid each week!
  7. I worked for a firm who had a large airline client who donated a trip to Mexico - Great giveaway!
  8. We also had a massage therapist come in every Friday for chair massages during tax season. We had the staff sign up for the service in advance, it was a great success. Some of the men didn't like it, but the rest of us did - it was free and it felt wonderful! We looked forward to it all week long.
  9. Have a baby photo - pet photo - high school yearbook photo Contest - Encourage employees to bring in their photos and post them on a bulletin board in your break room then have your staff guess whose photo or pet is on the board.


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