Ok, so you guys know how I maybe have a wee addiction to lip balm, right? It might be out of control now. I've designed the entire theme of Employee Appreciation Week around my addiction.
A couple of months ago, my boss, Thirteen, and I went to an HR conference. There were a bunch of different vendors with booths & swag, and one of them, the Cleveland Zoo, was passing out lip balms with their logo. Ok, well A) The ZOO!!! and B) Lip Balm!!! Hello, happy Lainey! Turns out that this is like the best lip balm ever (Yes, I say that about EVERY new lip balm, but this time I mean it. It's like I tell every guy that he's THE BEST, I'm sure I've actually meant it once or twice...) and the label lists some company in Cleveland that makes it.
I looked it up and they will make lip balms for your company, with your logo, for some ridiculously cheap fee of like $.50/tube. The catch is that you have to buy 100+. Here's the thing, I actually THOUGHT about buying them myself, putting MY logo on them (Bobainey Balm - Pamper your pucker, sucker! Cute, right? I KNOW!), and then sending them to you kids with your Christmas cards, but then the reality set in of having 100 lip balms sitting in my house and me having to actually address and mail 80+ Christmas cards, which would STILL leave me with 20 lip balms, and yeah, that idea fizzled out.
I did some thinking and then some more and then I took a nap. Then it dawned on me! If we make Employee Appreciation Week be about relaxation and pampering, I could totally order these for our employees, get the company to pay for it, AND have my own personal stockpile of fantastic lip balm! I AM AN EMMEREFFING GENIUS!
Wait, it gets BETTER! So, because Thirteen enjoys projects, I assigned this to her. She got in touch with them to get pricing information and other pertinent info and they sent us a DOZEN lip balms to choose from before we order ours for the employees. I now have SEVEN lip balms sitting on my desk. SEVEN. So great. (I let her keep 3 and give 2 to the admin assistant because I'm benevolent and a good sharer and shit.)
Oh, so anyway, Employee Appreciation Week is still going to be all about pampering and relaxation and feature the lip balms, but I don't even care anymore, I got what I wanted. We're also having cookies and tea. Because I LIKE COOKIES.