Are you in Human Resources? Perhaps an Office Manager? Perhaps you are the owner of a small to medium-sized firm?
Does your company like to send gifts to clients and employees alike? Is it a cost that is outside of your normal budgets and you cannot seem to get a handle on how much money is being spent on flowers and related gifts? If so, read on!
Starbright Floral Design (www.starflor.com) has helped many companies organize their gift giving so that it is both fair and a controlled expense. Our clients send the occasion-appropriate gift and they always do so with great savings. Here is what you need to do:
- Pick ONE florist to do all your business with. We would like it to be Starbright, but even if it is not, you still want to use one source and become one florist’s good customer. It makes no sense to go to the yellow pages or to the internet and say “gee, I wonder which florist I will pick today”. By having one vendor you know that this person will take care of you. You are an important client to the florist and you will get a few extra flowers, an upgrade and even issues that arise are more likely to be resolved in your favor.
- Standardize your occasions (both for employees and clients). Do you want to send gifts for maternity? sympathy? promotion? anniversary? get well? birthday? If you know in advance what occasions automatically call for a flower gift, then there is no thought involved (should we do it? should we not?). It is a task that has been pre-decided, delegated and the vendor has been pre-selected.
- Do you classify your team? Executives, front line employees, new hires, etc. Do you want to plan on a certain expense for floral gifts based on an employees title?
- What about budgets? Typically in a Flower Policy, you will see something like: Sympathy – $125, Births – $75, Get Well – $50 and so on.
- You may also want to consider other offerings besides flowers that your local florist may have like Fruit and Gourmet Baskets, Plants, Orchids, Stuffed Animals, Balloons, and so much more. The greater the specificity in your policy the more standardize the procedure becomes and the greater the chances of success.
Flowers are a great way to boost employee morale and a Flower Policy will take the guess-work out of the equation. Oh! There is one added benefit – EVERYONE gets treated equally! Imagine if one assistant sends a $75 get-well arrangement and the next assistant a $40 one! Employees talk… Employees wonder… Flower Policies are great!
Now that you have decided that you need a flower policy all of us at Starbright will be thrilled to help you write one and to work with you so that your program becomes a success. We have helped many small and large, local and international organizations benefit from our experience in this area. Whenever you have a free moment, please feel free to visit our website at www.starflor.com or our gift-giving portal at www.starbrightnyc.com. All of us at Starbright will be thrilled to have the opportunity to be of service to you.
With our warmest regards,
The Official Florist
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