michael: hey billy. do you have any sugar left?
billy: no. i ran out yesterday. do you have any creamer?
michael: nadda! i asked the receptionist to get some last week.
billy: how are we going to have coffee then?
michael: black, bitter and strong i suppose.
billy: we should find a different way to make sure that we don't run out of the office essentials.
michael: you mean essentials like paper and pens?
billy: no! like coffee, creamer and sugar!
1) creamer: white powdered milk that can be added to coffee
i don't like creamer, i prefer natural milk instead.
2) nadda: none, nothing
the policeman got angry when i told him that i had nadda
3) receptionist: person who sits at the front of the office to take calls
a good receptionist is important because they are usually the first point of contact for clients.
4) essentials: things that you must have
some people say that food, clothing and shelter are life essentials.
5) petty cash: a small amount of cash kept by companies to pay for the small but necessary items
the accountant said that we could use petty cash to buy paper but not to buy a new printer.
most offices are happy to provide simple water, tea, coffee and snacks for their staff for several reasons.
first, it means that you can provide them to customers and clients when they come to visit the office. just a simple cup of tea can make a client feel more relaxed and help to get the business done.
second, it saves times to provide drinks and snacks to staff. if the office does not provide them, the staff will have to leave the office to go and buy them, which of course takes time.
third, the staff will feel that the company really do value them more highly if simple but essential thinks like tea and water are provided. staff are more likely to perform better if they think that the company is trying to look after them.
once you have decided to provide water, tea, coffee and small snacks to the staff you then have to decide who will be responsible for making sure that they are replaced when they run out. you could appoint one person to always be responsible or take turns having one staff member be responsible for one week and then another person taking over.
the company accountant will probably allow the cost of water, tea and coffee out of the company's petty cash. if not you could ask everyone to put in a small amount and then buy the essentials with that money.
jeff: are you going downstairs to get water joan?
joan: no, it's my turn to put the coffee, sugar and creamer this week.
jeff: so you are going down to the store?
joan: yep. i will be back in five minutes.
jeff: i think i should go with you to help carry all of those heavy essentials.
joan: i think you only want to come with me so that you can get some sunshine!
jeff: no. i really do want to help you carry all of those heavy items.
joan: well, i will believe you but thousands would not!
jeff: just remember to bring the petty cash with you joan!