Ways to Appreciate Administrative Professionals

Employee Recognition Ideas


Admit it, if your administrative assistant quit tomorrow, you’d be in a whole lot of trouble. Administrative assistants keep your schedule aligned, your files in order, and manage all of the little things in your office that you just don’t have time for. Your job would be a lot harder if you didn’t have your administrative assistant there to help take some of the work off your shoulders.

On Wednesday, April 26th, Administrative Professionals Day, take a few moments to give your admin assistant a token of your appreciation. Even if you regularly praise your staff members, a little keepsake can really emphasize how much their hard work means to you.

At a loss for how to celebrate? Here are some fun ideas for making the most of this year’s Administrative Professionals Day.

lunch with administrative assistant

Appreciation Lunch

It’s a classic expression of appreciation, but it’s a classic for a reason. Find a time to take your administrative assistant out to a swanky lunch to let them know their hard work is invaluable.

Gift Card of Appreciation

Use what you know about your administrative assistant’s personality and get them a gift card they can enjoy. Even if it’s just $20 to the coffee shop down the street, your administrative assistant will appreciate the thought.

Leave Early on A Work Day

The odds are, your administrative assistant is working a full 40 hours each week and trying to have a life outside of work as well. So, tell them you recognize that by letting them get to their life a little bit early – maybe they can go use that gift card you got them!

Switch the Roles for a Bit

On Administrative Professionals Day, bring your administrative assistant coffee or answer phone calls for an hour so he or she can take a long lunch. Not only will you allow them a little breath of fresh air, but you might also find a new appreciation for the work they do day in and day out.

Appreciation Certificate

No matter what you get for your administrative assistant, a professionally-made certificate is a wonderful addition or can even make a great stand-alone gift. Tailor something to match your administrative assistant’s personality with something from PaperDirect’s expansive stock of options!

Let Your Admin Assistant Talk to You

Here’s the real secret to Administrative Professionals Day: talk to your administrative assistant. Make them feel comfortable and have an honest conversation about how they enjoy their job, how you could improve as a boss, and ask them what they’re interested in doing professionally.

You might just discover an entirely new side of the person who’s been sitting just a few feet away from you.