Administrative Professionals Day, or Secretary’s Day, is on the Wednesday of the last full week in April. Every year, millions of bosses show appreciation to their Administrative Assistant or Secretary and every year, millions of bosses forget. I suspect that there is some degree of stress that comes with deciding what is appropriate to do for your Secretary on her special day, and many bosses may have their wife or significant other handle the lunch reservation, flower delivery or gift selection. In a professional environment, receiving flowers or a lunch date with your boss can be a bit awkward, especially if jealous spouses are a problem. There are a lot of ways to make your Administrative Professional feel appreciated appropriately:
- Lunch as a Group: One year, my boss and several other Departmental Directors got together and took their Secretaries out to lunch as a group. All of the bosses rode in one car and the secretaries rode in another. We went to a very nice restaurant and the bosses split the bill. It was a lot of fun, there was not awkward silence, and no danger of jealous spouses being upset by it.
- Gift Card: If you don’t feel comfortable taking your Secretary on a lunch date, consider purchasing a gift card for her and her guest. Put the gift card in a greeting card, let her know how much you appreciate her and tell her to enjoy the meal with her spouse, or guest of her choice. This way, there is no question as to the appropriateness of your relationship.
- The Gift of Time: Consider planning ahead and allow your Assistant to leave early on her special day. What a great surprise it would be for my boss to come in and say, “I want you to know that I appreciate your hard work and all that you do for the company. Since this is Administrative Professionals Day, you get to leave 2 hours early.” (Or even better, not come back from lunch.)
- The Little Things: Last year, my boss stopped by Starbucks on his way to the office and bought me my favorite drink. I was so surprised and it really made my day. When I got home that evening my husband asked me if I enjoyed my mocha Frappachino. My boss had called him to find out what I usually buy at Starbucks. I thought this was a very considerate way to ensure that I enjoyed my appreciation gift instead of just doing the same generic thing year after year.
- Small Party: Have a small party in the break room attended by everyone in the office. Cake and ice cream and a little public thank you will make your Secretary feel like she is appreciated by everyone, not just the boss.