BDO’s Core Purpose is helping people thrive, every day.

It’s why we exist as a firm, and it applies as much to our clients as it does to our employees. We help each other learn, grow, and succeed, in ways both large and small. To highlight the ways in which we help people thrive, a few BDO people shared their favorite story of how they support – or have been supported by – a colleague.

“Whenever I see an article that relates to one of my client’s businesses, I send it along with a personal note. I’ve also sent along updated tax information, which saves her valuable time later, when we prepare tax returns. These are small gestures, but I know she appreciates them.” – Jessica Pulley, SALT (State and Local Tax) Senior Associate

“My co-workers and I have an unofficial rotation where we treat each other to coffee. We all know each other’s go-to orders. It might be a small gesture, but getting an unexpected coffee in the middle of a workday is always a pleasant surprise.” – Emily Smith, Assurance Senior Associate

“It’s all about the little things – during busy season, my co-workers and I try to keep each other upbeat and motivated – sending each other funny memes throughout the work day and checking in (and helping out) with other people’s workloads. Even when we’re busy, we take the time to have fun and keep up the spirit of the office.” – Caitlin Grant, Experienced Assurance Associate

“This past summer, I was really excited to take a big trip to Europe. In the weeks leading up to it, I worked diligently to wrap up one of my biggest projects. But even with the best planning, little things tend to pop up – and I was really stressed that I wouldn’t be able to get them all done. Thankfully, a member of my team noticed, and stepped up to help – and I was able to go on my trip, stress-fee.” – Cameron Jonard, Tax Senior Associate

“During my second busy season, my team was working late to reach a deadline when the senior manger got a call from her husband – their daughter had a project for kindergarten due the next day which involved bringing 100 of something into school. Her daughter was able to find 53 pennies around the house, but they were 47 short. My co-worker and I heard this and walked around the office looking everywhere we could think of for pennies, and were able to find exactly 47. It brought a few minutes of fun to our team, and helped the senior manager’s daughter get her school project done.” – Tyler Kern, Assurance Senior Associate

“One of my clients is a family-owned business who recently went through a year of transition to the next generation. This is a client whose relationship with BDO has spanned several decades, and who we value a lot. So when it came time to put in the work, we made sure their transition went as smoothly as possible, for everyone involved. We did everything from initial discussion calls to drafting financial statements, and everything in between. We put in a lot of long days and late nights, but at the end of it, we met up with the client and the family, and took them out to dinner. When you have a relationship like that with your client, it’s nice to be able to celebrate successes together.” – Chelsea Sheafor, Assurance Senior Associate