Posted by Lisa Amstutz on Monday, November 10, 2014 - 00:00 | Follow me
Most businesses can’t survive without a trusted accounting team. Even the FBI employs more than 2,000 accounting special agents. In fact, accounting really is a rock-star profession. Just ask Mick Jagger or Robert Plant, both of whom studied accounting before their music careers took off.
From your staff accountant to your senior accountant, these folks keep the books balanced and taxes filed. It’s worth taking a moment on this auspicious day to learn some surprising facts about accountants and give thanks to them appropriately.
Why is today auspicious?
While we should all give thanks regularly to our accountants, one day has been set aside to acknowledge their skill, dedication and often super-human attention to detail. International Accounting Day (or International Accountant’s Day) is celebrated yearly on November 10. That’s the date in 1494 when Venetian mathematician Luca Bartolomeo de Pacioli published an epic tome that included an in-depth look at bookkeeping practices. This work became the foundation for more essays on accounting, eventually earning de Pacioli the title “The Father of Accounting.”
Celebrate your accounting staff
Companies around the world have diverse ways of celebrating this special day. In Singapore, they’ll attempt to set a chili-eating world record. But what if you’re looking for a less complicated form of recognition? Then a thank-you card, flowers or balloons may be appropriate. But with just a little more effort, your gestures can be more thoughtful — showing your staff accountants just how much you appreciate their work. Here are few suggestions:
Gift certificates: Personalizing each certificate is key. Say your staff accountant is an avid mystery novel fan. In that case, a gift card to your local independent bookstore would be a thoughtful way to say “thank you.” Or maybe your senior accountant is a football fanatic and would appreciate tickets to a local college’s game.
Training and development: Offer to pay for a seminar or training. Ideally, the instruction will build new skills that make your accountants’ jobs easier, e.g., learning cloud accounting or preparing for credentials such as the CPA. You might be surprised at how many of your employees are eager for additional training at work. This win-win gift benefits you, your accountants and your organization.
Social media praise: Make a personal statement of appreciation for your accounting staff on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other online outlet where your organization has a presence. “Happy International Accounting Day” is a good start. But naming specific employees and highlighting their recent work only takes a minute more. This public statement will go a long way toward showing how truly grateful you are.
Just what your staff needs: Is the department’s copy machine constantly malfunctioning? Is there new software with a great payroll feature? Encourage your accounting staff to make a wish list of items that would make their jobs easier. Then you’ve got your International Accounting Day gift list, and all that’s left is the shopping.
How do you celebrate International Accounting Day? Share your plans in the comments below.