Celebrated each year for over sixty years, Administrative Professional Week is a week in April where businesses show their appreciation for employees who support the office through various administrative duties.
At the holiday’s inception in 1952, it was called “Secretaries Day,” but changes and enhancements to the roles of assistants in the office eventually led to an updated name for the event. The holiday is observed by offices with thousands of employees, as well as small businesses who may only have one or two administrative professionals on staff.
Today, the holiday is celebrated in a variety of ways from taking employees out to lunch to giving gifts like indoor blooming plantsor vases of flowers. Managers can choose to celebrate the contributions of all assistants in the office who help with administrative duties each day, as well as executive assistants, receptionists, and file clerks.
Choosing Flowers for Admin Assistants
Flowers are a simple and beautiful way to celebrate Administrative Professionals Week, and popular flowers include gerbera daisies, lilies, carnations, and forsythia. For example, you might choose a modern bouquet filled with vibrant orange lilies, spray roses, and pink carnations to brighten the office.
Do you know the favorite colors of your admin assistant? You may want to choose flowers to match that favorite color. A nice addition might be a gift card to your assistant’s favorite place for lunch or a specially delivered lunch from a local café or bistro.
Flowers are a wonderful gift for any assistant who might not have a clear view of a window or who sits in a cubicle farm. It’s easier to work when there’s a beautiful vase of flowers making things fragrant and alive.
Enhancing Admin Assistant Skills
In addition to offering the administrative assistants of the office gifts like flowers and gift cards, the holiday is also an opportunity for managers or bosses to offer self-improvement opportunities for employees.
For example, some offices have started celebrating the week by meeting with administrative assistants to discuss ways in which the company could improve the assistant’s daily work experience.
Continuing professional education, the purchase of helpful software, and basic amenities like ergonomic furniture are all ways that companies can create happy, well-adjusted administrative assistants who enjoy coming in for work at a caring and respectful company.
This year, Administrative Professionals Week lands on April 20th through April 25th, 2015. Get in touch with Gainan’s for easy gift ideas like beautiful bouquets of flowers and green potted plants.