Managing your 2020 budget

Imagine you’re looking at last year’s company-wide spend report.


At the top of the list are necessary expenses like employee salaries, healthcare costs, rent/utilities. Other major expenses, like software subscriptions essential to each department and marketing expenditures, can take up a hefty portion of budget, too. 


These categories tend to be top of mind and are deeply analyzed on an annual if not monthly basis. They often represent 80% of overall spend and are critical to the company’s mission.

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Holiday Jams

With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to get your office in the holiday spirit. If you haven’t already been blasting holiday tunes for weeks (guilty), we’ve compiled a low-key Christmas playlist perfect for the office: a mix of classics, covers, originals, and acoustics – with no annoying songs in sight. Sorry, Alvin. 


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What We’re Snacking On

Ever wonder what the snacks are like at OfficeLuv? “As pros in the Office Snacking Industry,” you think to yourself, “their snacking game must be on point. What is their kitchen stocked with? What is on their recurring order?!”


Well today’s your lucky day – we’ve honed in on the must-have snacks & kitchen items for our office, and we’re here to share our top 10:


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The Perks of Office Puzzles

If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve seen by now that OfficeLuv has taken up a new hobby this season – puzzling. It started as a casual lunchtime conversation about cozy winter activities which grew into the realization that our team is full of avid puzzlers. A coworker brought in a few puzzles that she received in her Puzzle-of-the-Month Club, and soon the extra table in the lunchroom became the puzzle station.


With the completion of our first puzzle last week, we thought we’d take some time and reflect on the perks that puzzling has brought to our office. Here’s why we’d recommend it as a breakroom activity for any office.


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Songs to Vibe to in the Office

If you sit at the front desk, or have access to the company bluetooth speaker, odds are the pressure of choosing the right music and vibe for the office often rides on your shoulders. If nothing else, you are everyone’s go-to for frequent complaints about the repetitive tunes… but striking the right balance between upbeat and relaxing and professional yet cool is not an easy feat. Don’t worry, we got your back. 


OfficeLuv is now on Spotify! You can follow us for regularly added playlists of different genres, moods, and vibes to keep the music in your office fresh – and keep those complainers at bay. 


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Organizing a Thanksgiving potluck for your office

Thanksgiving used to be one day long. 

 

Now the season for giving thanks gives us a whole month of celebrating gratitude, hosting Friendsgivings, and kick-starting the holiday season. 

 

In the office, however, with end-of-year goals sneaking up and holiday party planning in the works, it can be easily missed. This often raises the question: Given everything else going on, is it worth the trouble of planning an office potluck for Thanksgiving? Will my colleagues still be excited, post photos to Instagram, and enjoy the celebration, or will the meal be rushed as everyone is preoccupied with other stressors?

 

Here are a few ideas to help you decide 1) Is it worth having and 2) If so, how you can organize this event without sacrificing too much of your time. 

 

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Managing your Office Holiday Spend

Halloween has come and gone and all that remains in the office candy bowl are a few Tootsie Rolls, Circus peanuts, and a handful of candy corn that no one has the heart to throw away.

 

While businesses aren’t going bankrupt over the annual Halloween candy run, or the upcoming holiday happy hours, all of this Holiday-related spend is a source of ambiguity that leaves office managers with questions like: How much did we spend? What did we order last year? What should our budget be for next year?

 

Tracking this manually is a tedious process. And it also kind of ruins the holiday spirit. As an office manager, you want to enjoy the season too, not be running a Post-It note tally of the egg nog vs. antler headband spend

 

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Improving Office Sustainability

The general request for “more sustainability in the office” can be daunting. We’re here to break it down for you – three of the most common office sustainability initiatives right now are:

  • Reducing the use of plastic 
  • Increasing the amount of recycling in the office
  • Reducing Waste

Whether your office is spearheading all of these initiatives, or none, it’s never too late to start, and these efforts will pay dividends over time. We’ve listed three articles below and highlighted our favorite actionable tips from each one! 

 

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Planning the company Holiday Party? Check out our new ebook for tips and tricks

It’s the holiday season

So whoop-de-do and hickory dock

And don’t forget to hang up your sock

‘Cause at just exactly at twelve o’clock

… your boss is going to ask you to plan the office holiday party. ♫

 

Okay, we’re not fortune-tellers and we might not even be songwriters, but all too often, the responsibility of planning the holiday party falls on the Office Manager.

 

Sometimes this is a well-received request, and the OM whips out the Christmas gel pens and gets to planning. If that’s not you – we’re here to help.

 

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An Office Manager’s Guide to Healthy Office Snacks

Office managers are on the frontlines of any company-wide healthy eating initiatives. And the instructions received from management aren’t always specific – maybe along the lines of “We should really be healthier here” or “Is junk food all we have to snack on?”

 

We run into this scenario all the time when working with our customers. Office managers are trying to improve the overall food quality (per the request of some) while still keeping other colleagues happy. Where do you even start?

 

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