April 27th is Administrative Professionals Day, an international observance celebrated since 1952 to recognize skilled administrative personnel and their contributions. According to a study conducted by Staples in honor of the observance, approximately two-thirds of employees view administrative assistants as the people responsible for running the show.

Regardless of your role in the organization, you deserve to be appreciated! Similarly, should also show appreciation toward others in the workplace. Showing appreciation for co-workers can improve team dynamics and create a cohesive and productive environment. When people are recognized, they are more likely to support the organization. Adding to the progression of the organization and the individual’s life-work balance.

This week and year-round, show appreciation for your fellow employees through sincere messages of gratitude. The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) suggests thinking outside of the “flowers-cards-and-candy” box and thanking employees by supporting their advancement. Organizations can invest in work (ie new data management systems), play (ie team building activities, contests, or challenges), and educational (ie professional development and CEUs) events that focus on the improvement of the individual employee and the workforce as a whole.

However you choose to celebrate the date, remember to spread messages of gratitude and practice employee appreciation every day!

Show Your Appreciation:

  1. PTO – provide employees time to themselves
  2. Potted Plants – give longer-lasting greenery that can liven up their desk
  3. Meals on Me – treat your hard working employee to a gift card or lunch
  4. Spotlight – gather examples of positive contributions and share with the workforce
  5. Shoe Swap – trade roles for a day to show employees that you want to understand their life-work experience
  6. Appreciate others through words of gratitude, reciprocated efforts, and a simple smile

Sources: Business News Daily, OC Tanner, TimeandDate.com, TeamBonding.com, LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.