5 ways to show your appreciation

Administrative Professionals Day

In Recognition and Engagementby Lori McKnight

Administrative Professionals Day

5 Ways to Show Your Appreciation

Administrative professionals are vital to a well-functioning office, juggling multiple priorities, projects and personalities. Put simply, good administrative professionals are invaluable, providing the glue that holds your office together. These stars are worth recognizing everyday but Administrative Professionals Day is the perfect opportunity to show your admiration and appreciation in extra-ordinary ways.

Here are 5 ways to make it the best Prof Admin Day. Ever.

1. Decal their desk

Remember how good it felt on your birthday when friends decorated your locker? Go old-school and come up with a fun theme to dress up your admin professional’s workspace. Use poster board, stick its, balloons, ribbon, lights…your imagination and dollar store can pull together an inspiring workspace.

2. Send a DIY thank you card

Don’t just say it, write it down. Let your hard-working admin professionals know what your office most appreciates about them. Download one of our DIY thank you cards and have everyone complete the phrase with a personal word of thanks and praise.

3. Give tulips

fabric tulipsIt doesn’t have to be a bouquet of tulips but please don’t pick up grocery store carnations. A spring bouquet of gerbera or tulips is always a good pick and will brighten their day, desk and the workplace.

4. Host an appreciation event

Cater a lunch for admin professionals and ask your President to drop by and make a toast in honor of your admin team. Everyone loves a free lunch and chance to catch up with workplace friends and peers.

True fact: 60% boost in retention when employees foster workplace friendships.

5. Give the gift of time

Everyone appreciates having an extra-long weekend and flex day. Give your admin professionals a Get out of Work free card to take a day off to spend on themselves or with family. This small token of appreciation says big things about how you value them as people and performers.

For more recognition ideas, check out this blog or flip through this playbook.

Author: Lori McKnight

Lori McKnightLori is the VP of Recognition for CSI International Inc. She has a MBA with a minor in Human Resources, is a Certified Recognition Professional and member of the SHRM blog squad. Prior to joining CSI STARS, she worked at Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Youthography, a youth market research agency. Connect with CSI STARS on LinkedIn to learn how we cultivate a workforce that loves coming to work.