What Accountants want for Christmas
It’s the time of year when many of us have put our wish-lists together for things we either want to receive or achieve in the coming weeks. Accountants can be […]
It’s the time of year when many of us have put our wish-lists together for things we either want to receive or achieve in the coming weeks. Accountants can be a bizarre bunch, often after things many of the rest of us don’t understand, so we’ve compiled a handy, light-hearted list of things you can do/get for them to keep them happy over the coming weeks.
A magic wand
Something we all wish for to some extent, but the accountants’ wand doesn’t need to be that complex. It simply gathers up all required documents and information to enable them to complete necessary tax returns and other projects; it ensures all outstanding invoices are paid in full, promptly; it auto-filters and deletes spam and irrelevant messages from email accounts and social media sites; it allows the accountant to leave the office on time every day; and leaves everything neat, tidy and organised.
Upgrades to the magic wand which automatically refill coffee cups, put petrol in the car and drive it for you are, of course, very much appreciated, but any accountant would be happy with the basic version to start with!
A lucky break
Accountants work very hard, ensuring complex procedures are followed to the letter – much of which non-accountants will never understand. Therefore, they all appreciate the odd lucky break that might come their way. These could include referrals of valuable new business from existing clients (without being prompted); to be featured by a respected media outlet as a shining beacon in their field; to miraculously appear at the top of Google searches in their chosen area; or even to receive a surprise rebate from HMRC for a job well done.
Failing that, getting out of a parking fine, an extra hour in bed, a lottery win or nothing breaking down at home which needs emergency repairs are great too!
It’s the time of year when people traditionally express goodwill to each other, and this can take many forms. Apologising for how long you take to reply to emails, how many times you’ve asked to rearrange meetings, and not sending the full and correct information you’ve been asked for all help.
Also, a simple thank you for their work, plus lunch, a bonus, a referral, and a recommendation for how great they are are always very greatly received!
What do you get for the busy accountant whose life revolves around maximising their personal effectiveness and generally being brilliant at all things? Socks. Even the most brilliant of people get cold feet when lounging at home, and who doesn’t appreciate a nice fluffy pair? Failing that, something well-made, high quality, and useful that has a certain amount of show-off factor to it always works a treat: a leather briefcase, Italian shoes or the latest games console are good places to start.
After all that, some time away to do something completely not related to work is always well received – whether that’s a spa trip, an escape room outing, a round of golf, or fine dining experience – treats of time well spent are always gratefully received.
Most importantly, accountants (and anyone else who has the constant pressure of juggling work, study and home life) just wants to be able to relax and switch off for a few days. We hope, if nothing else, that’s a possibility this year!