Hey busy lawyers, there’s an upcoming holiday that needs to be on your radar. No, we’re not referring to Easter or Passover. We’re talking about Administrative Professionals Day!
Why should you take time out of your busy day to worry about such a seemingly irrelevant holiday? Because a national day dedicated to appreciating those that carry out administrative tasks is a great excuse to buy something nice for your legal receptionist. You know, that person that virtually keeps your office running by handling all your phone calls, and performing all those tedious tasks that you don’t have time or patience for.
Finding that perfect in-office receptionist isn’t easy, as law offices can be an intimidating environment that will overwhelm even some of the most competent administrative professionals. So this April 24th, if you’re lucky enough to have a great a receptionist at your office, do the right thing, and get them something extra nice. Don’t have time to brainstorm gift ideas. Go with one of these five.
1. Some Phone Answering Assistance
We’re sure you’re a little perplexed right now, as your receptionist is the one who is supposed to be offering phone answering assistance for your office. But, have you ever considered investing in a legal answering service to supplement your current in-office receptionist. If not, you really should.
A legal answering service such as Answering Legal, has a team of receptionists available to answer any calls your office can’t get to. And yes this is something your receptionist will grow to appreciate, once they see the service in action. If your current receptionist is tied up with other things and can’t get to a call, they don’t have to stress, as one of our legal intake receptionists will be there to pick up the call for your office.
This will also prove to be a great gift for you, as your current receptionist and our 24/7 receptionist team working in tandem will make your firm virtually unstoppable when it comes to capturing new leads and handling client issues. We also have many smaller minutes packages available at great prices, so don’t just assume you won’t be able to fit both a receptionist and Answering Legal into your budget.
2. A Carrying Bag
While typically thought of as a gift for lawyers, a brief case or similar type bag can be a great way to show your receptionist you care, and that they are a valued member of your legal practice team. Aside from serving as a great fashion accessory, carrying bags are highly practical gifts, that your receptionist will be able to use everyday going to and coming back from work.
In a recent piece, the company Lawyerist recommended the Samsonite Leather Flapover Briefcase, which is currently priced for under $100 on Amazon. Another option suggested in Lawyerist’s post was a CoolBELL Laptop Handbag, that can currently be found on Amazon for just $30.
3. An In-Office Coffee Machine
If you see your receptionist carrying a Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks cup in their hands every morning at the office, you may just have yourself a coffee lover. So why not make their morning routines a little easier and less expensive, by purchasing a coffee machine for your office? It may seem like a small gesture, but saving your receptionist a trip to their regular coffee spot every day is likely be greatly appreciated.
A Keurig Coffee Maker, which can be found on Amazon for $160, enables coffee to be made in an instant, and allows for a wide variety of flavor choices. For coffee drinkers that are a little more difficult to impress, consider investing in a Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine, available on Amazon for just $175. Remember, you’ll get to enjoy this gift as well.
4. A Voice Assistant Device
These days seemingly just about everyone has a voice assistant device. And while these devices are often used to get a laugh out of the family or help mom remember the name of that one actor from that one movie, they also can be highly useful professional tools.
Your assistant can use an Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomePod to get quick information about something they are supposed to brief you on, set daily reminders to perform a task (“Alexa, remind me to call back Mr. Wallace at 3 p.m.”), or even play some relaxing sounds for the office. And yes, your staff can still play the occasional games or listen to music with it during less busy hours.
5. A Night Out
Working at a law firm can be often be stressful, and it’s important for anyone spending a great deal of time in such a high stakes environment to at least occasionally escape the office. So this Administrative Professionals Day, consider getting your legal receptionist a gift card to that restaurant they’ve been talking about wanting to check out, or tickets to that show that they desperately want to see. Offering up special treats like these will help secure you a spot in the boss hall of fame, and is likely to keep your receptionist from becoming emotionally drained.
If you decide to let your receptionist head out a few hours early for their special night out, you can count on the receptionists at Answering Legal to cover your phone lines. Lawyers who use Answering Legal have the option to change their call forwarding settings at any time. So you can simply contact our team, and let us know that you’d like all your office’s calls forwarded directly to us for a specific period of time. This way your receptionist gets that much needed night on the town, and your office doesn’t risk losing out on any new leads.