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What did you do to celebrate Administrative Professionals Week?

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Question: We've heard from admins who enjoy receiving flowers, chocolates, giftcards, luncheons and time off. We also heard from admins who don't want any of those things, and would prefer career-enhancing professional development opportunities instead. Let us know what you did—if anything—to celebrate Administrative Professionals Week? —The Editors

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anonymous April 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

Even though it is always nice to receive a gift,verbal recognition for a job well done throughout the year is more important. APD IS a “hallmark holiday” and shame on anyone who is angry if they don’t receive something. Unless you work for a doctor, financial advisor or a lawyer your boss is probably struggling to make ends meet as well. Give them a break and stop EXPECTING something during such a bogus day!

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Anonymous May 8, 2012 at 9:55 am

This year, my co-worker surprised me with a card and flowers which I thought was really sweet. The rest of the staff I work with didn’t acknowledge the day at all. My boss usually surprises me with something every year, however this year didn’t get me anything for administrative professionals day. I was really disappointed.

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Kay May 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I enjoyed reading these responses and felt sorry for those who did not get any recognition. I got a card with a very sincere hand-written note and a gift card. One suggestion I have for those who are looking for training opportunities: Begin by brushing up on your spelling, grammar and writing skills. There were a good many of these errors throughout the responses.

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Anonymous May 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm

As I was leaving that day, he stopped by to tell me that he had really intended to get flowers or chocolates or take me out to lunch or get me a gift card to go to lunch with my hubby–maybe next week? But “next week” came & nothing. Oh well, I’m a little disappointed, but really shouldn’t be.

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Karin May 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

Although I think most people think of this as a ‘Hallmark Holiday’, the vice presidents in our office hve always taken me to lunch and / or given flowers and a nice card with a personal message. This year, it was ignored or maybe just forgotten. Nevertheless, it hurt that it was missed. To top it off, it was my birthday too and that was not acknowledged either. Oh well…I know I am doing a good job anyway!

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OMM... May 4, 2012 at 9:12 am

I’ve been on the payroll for 2 1/2 years with my current employer. The past two years we have received a basket full (really full!) of Mary Kay items & lunch with all the admin staff, our office manager & the owner. He is a very generous man; we also receive another Mary Kay basket at Christmas plus our choice of a turkey or ham, and a wonderful catered Thanksgiving lunch which all of our family members are invited to attend with us! There are also the various times he brings donuts for the office (30 or so of us), plus he’s even paid for our orders when a coworker has brought their child’s fundraiser to work. And, we regularly hear him say, “Thank you.” This year we received the baskets and no lunch out, which I’m totally okay with. Maybe the economy and/or the budget didnt allow for it. Several of my coworkers though, voiced their dissatisfaction. It’s so sad that they could only see what they didn’t get, rather than what we are blessed with. Namaste anyway…

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DeeCee May 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

First, I presided over our IAAP APD Breakfast at a local country club. One of our firm’s partners was in attendance to support me. Then someone in the audit department brought the admins each a Godiva chocolate bar and thank you card. Then the firm adminstrator took the admins for a very nice lunch, then to the local mall and gave us each $100 to spend and an hour to shop. I also was able to leave early the next day to attend another IAAP APD function. I work for great people!

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Kimberly May 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Amy, I to work in a hospital and see the signs all different times for the various “Professionals” weeks. I’ve been tempted to find or make my own sign for Administrative Professionals Day and hang it in various places just to see what happens.

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Kimberly May 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

My bosses sent me to an Administrative Professionals one-day conference which was great. But the most heart warming thing that happened was when I came back to the office the next day I had a voice mail thanking me for all the hard work and help I provide to her department and the organization in general. This was an awesome surprise I still hear in my head today.

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Anonymous May 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

It was on the calendar, but my boss never mentioned it, nor did anyone else in the office. Granted, he was out of town, but I think he won’t acknowledge this day until I learn how to read his mind…nevertheless, I fully intend to go all out on National Boss Day in October!

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Carolyn Truluck May 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

I had a wonderful day. I work for a public school system and because of state budget cuts even cost of living raises are eliminated which as you can imagine doesn’t do a lot for moral issues. The Administration in the Instructional Department gave everyone a small bag of goodies with a thank you note attached. My “boss” who is Director of Career
and Technology and our Curriculum Assistant presented me with a
huge pot of flowering plants and if that wasn’t enough took me out to
lunch. Not every boss pays attention to this day and they probabIy never remember their secretaries or bookkeepers birthdays so I have been delighted to find out the new boss I have only worked for since September while demanding the best from his employees also remembers to thank them.

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Diane May 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

I’m in my 6th year here. The first two years I got flowers, a nice card, and taken out to lunch. Then just lunch, then believe it or not, an IOU for a lunch which never got paid up. This year, I thought it had been forgotten completely, which kind of hurt, since I had noticed it on the boss’s calendar. Then at about 3, one of the female engineers came in with a potted geranium. No card. Like “how cheap can we get out of this and still say we did something? $5?”
I’m glad they at least let me know they had not forgotten, but I kind of felt like the gesture was done out of obligation rather than appreciatation.

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Greta Tompkins May 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Our administrative staff went on a feild trip. We visited some of our local clients and had a client prepare us lunch on their farm. Afterwards, we visited antoher client a played laser tag at their facility. We were able to enjoy a day out of the office but were also getting to know some of our clients on a more personal level. I very much enjoyed the day out.

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Amy May 1, 2012 at 11:58 am

My boss gave me a card and a gift card. This is appreciated, however none of my coworkers acknowledged the day. I work in a hospital and there was a notice sent out about Laboratory Professionals week but nothing about APW. I don’t expect gifts, but it’s nice to be recognized and to feel apprecited just one day out of the year.

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Patti Smith April 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Absolutely nothing. I guess with the title of Executive Secretary I am not included in this event. Very depressing since I have been in this position almost 25 years (next September).

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Judy April 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Absolutley nothing. The very first time I haven’t been recognized by my peers or leaders. *Sigh*

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Sue Kaplan Anderson, Exec Admin Mgr April 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

I didn’t want to do the standard flowers or candy gifts so I made gift baskets for each of my 4 admin, focusing on their likes of everything – the baskets contained postit notes, nail polish, new makeup bag, lotions, candles, gift cards (coffee & restaurant), chocolate, food items. It was a personalized gift basket of all their “favorite things”. I felt good doing it and they felt special that someone took the time out of their schedule (mine) to shop for them. They all received a card signed by the President and their supervisor. It was nice. Celebrate your Admin! We are the pulse of the office!

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Anonymous April 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

My group did NOTHING for me. In fact, they are taking tasks AWAY from me.

The COMPANY is paying for all of the admins in my study area to go out to lunch today. That will be a lot of fun. I always enjoy getting together with these ladies, and they have been a huge source of support as I endure this demoralizing job. (Been looking for other work for a long time.)

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Gina April 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

I’m actually in charge of letting our buildings know when the recognition weeks are. We do them for 8 departments and then anyone in a “office” position gets recognized during Admin. Week. Our department use to buy each department lunch for their week but our budget got slashed on that 2 yrs ago so now all we do is put up a posting and send them a thank you card.
As for this week I was sadden to hear that one department never saw their card because their boss didn’t share it with them.
My boss got me a small rose bush. He says thank you through the year but some times I wish it was more and in front of other people they don’t realize what all I do.

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Long Time Admin April 27, 2012 at 9:24 am

At work – nothing.

However, 2 local IAAP chapters hosted a FANTASTIC all-day conference. I took a vacation day and paid for it out of my pocket, and it was worth every penny!

A couple of years ago, they used this slogan to encourage employers to send administrative staff to the Administrative Professionals’ Conference:

Lunch lasts an hour.
Flowers last a week.
Training lasts forever.

I think of this every time I hear about possible training. No matter what, they can’t take that away from you!

Ps – I’ll be surprised if I read the Captcha correctly and this posts. I’d much rather do a simple arithmetic problem to prove I’m human.

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Laura April 27, 2012 at 9:10 am

I work for a wonderful group of people who gave me special treats every day this week. Flowers, gourmet chocolates, Bath & Body Works lotions, candles, Chick-Fil-A breakfast (my favorite) and a gift card, two lunches, a chair massage, special cards and balloons. They show their appreciation daily, but go above and beyond during this week.

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Tre April 27, 2012 at 9:08 am

The executive team bought donuts Wednesday; the big boss brought donuts today (Friday) for several reasons. A few people acknowledged it, I got nothing, one AA was taken to lunch, one got a bag full of goodies, the other one a coworker gave her a gift from bath and body works. My boss and division members thank me all of the time, so I know my work is appreciated by them. During the year they buy me a soda, shake, cookies etc. Do I expect anything? No, I get it all year long.

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Jayne April 27, 2012 at 9:07 am

First, let me say that I work for a Senior VP and a VP and feel appreciated all year long (well, most of the time). They gave me flowers, a small basket with gourmet cookies, and two $25 restaurant gift cards on Monday. On Wednesday, my male boss brought in a bowl of fruit (that he cut up and put together all by himself) and my female boss brought a sweet cheeseball and a salty cheeseball with appropriate crackers/cookies for each. Those were shared with the whole staff. They will also take me out to lunch when we can arrange it on their calendars.

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Char April 27, 2012 at 7:48 am

The subject was never brought up by any of the people I work for.
My daughter took me out to lunch.

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Jenn April 27, 2012 at 7:32 am

I work for an outpatient rehab clinic in a small town. We have about 100-110 clients/day that we run through the diferent types of therapy. Because of this, it makes it hard for all of us to get together for lunch during the day. But they always take care of the 4 admins in our building on this day. They not only brought breakfast in, they catered lunch for us as well!

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Debbie April 27, 2012 at 7:07 am

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Was not even acknowledged.

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Jan April 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

There was nothing done personally for me on “that” day. My supervisor took myself and another co-worker out the week before.

I sent an email to the other admins. in our remote sales offices thanking them.

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GJM April 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I work for a board of directors who are each very busy with their individual positions outside the board. I have been with the organization 4 years, and have never had any type of recognition for Administrative Professional’s Day / Week. It would be nice to be remembered, but I still love my job. It’s always nice to be recognized and appreciated – any day of the year.

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Anonymous April 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I received flowers, plants, lunch, and gift certificates from my wonderful team. I really enjoy working for my team because they praise me everyday and not only on admins day. I really don’t expect this from them as long as they treat me with dignity and respect.

I am so blessed to work for a team like this :)

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Jenelle April 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I agree they should not need it and my bosses express their appreciation all year long just not with the gifts.

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Anonymous April 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I feel that if a boss needs a day to remind himself/herself to show appreciation for all that you do for him/her, any gesture seems more of an obligation not appreciation. (It’s like Valentine’s Day, bogus. Not that I’m cynical or anything . . .) However, I will say that our HR mgr provided a lunch for our cs dept (I did not attend). And my boss gave me a gift card, which I appreciated, but it was not necessary. Unprompted appreciation throughout the year means more to me; oh and a raise would be nice!! Happy Admin Professionals Day!! :-)

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Jenelle April 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

On Monday all of us received a plant, and was taken out to a 2 1/2 hour lunch on Wednesday. I have three bosses. One gave me a bracelet, one gave me a gift certificate for one of the local malls and the other gave me a gift certificate to Biaggi’s.

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Jenelle April 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Myself and another Admin were treated to an extended lunch at our favorite local restaurant and when we returned there were flowers and a card waiting for us. We support a wonderful bunch of people who make it a point to do something for us year after year.

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Trisha April 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Nothing. My boss forgot about me.

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Charisse April 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Nothing. As usual.

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Sharon May 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm

My bosses believe that we should all do our jobs because we are supposed to. They rarely if ever thank or praise. They think since they are poor and we are struggling that nothing should ever be expected, period. They have no clue how much a few words of thanks or a $2 gift would mean and what energy it would infuse me with – because I’m just expected to do it all because I should.

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Krystle April 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Even though, as an organization, we are cutting back, our President felt it was important for us to have recognition and a time to renew. I arranged flowers and cake for the other admins and we all had a nice lunch. The president sent me flowers today and even paid for our lunch personallly. Even though it is not expected, we felt these were very nice gestures that helped us keep trucking along, knowing the work we do is appreciated. The corporate education Admin Day that Tiffany mentioned would be a nice thing to do too. I would personally be happy with that.

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B April 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Our company organizes a luncheon for all for all of the admins every year. We have a nice lunch as well as a speaker and speeches from the Executive Staff. All of the admins in the company received flowers and choclate this year. My individual department had flowers sent to work and put some extra cash in a card for me. I don’t think they realize how much it means for them to take the time to put these things together. After all we are just doing our job and it’s nice to get rewarded for it!

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LHulbert April 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm

My bosses (I support 2 VPs) got me flowers and a funny card, with cash (most years it’s been a gift card, but this year they knew I had just moved and thought I could use this more).
I wish my company had more opportunities for training for administrative staff, but we are a very large company, so I know my bosses don’t have total say over that, and I feel like these gestures on Admin’s Day are more of a personal thank you, so I really appreciate it.

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Marsha Gentry April 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Besides being treated to lunch, our Administrative Professionals recieved an appreciation bag with 4 gifts. A scroll attached to the bag gave a hint about what the numbered gift was. It read likes this: “Drink up (thermal mug with “team” slogans) the compliments coming your way…Happy Administrative Professionals Day! We could “write” (agency pen/note pad) a book to sing your praise or classify you as a work “gourmet” (a gift certificate to a gourmet cupcake shop). It’s been a “gas” ($10 gift card for a local gas station/convenience store) working with you this year. Thanks for frequently saving our derriere!”

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Sandra April 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I worked all day just like last year and the years before and received nothing. Not even an acknowledgement.

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Grandma Duggie April 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

For Admin Week we organize a special event for our co-workers. This year we had snacks in the afternoon and two admins gave a presentation on what was discussed at a conference they attended in Las Vegas. It was great! We always try to have something that is sharing of best practices. Last year we were fortunate to have a luncheon away from work and a tour of the governor’s mansion. I am always pleased by the support we receive from management to recognize administrative professionals.

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Anonymous April 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Two years ago – Admin workshop
One year ago – Flowers
This year – no recognition at all, not even a verbal thank you.
Oh well, there’s next year!

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Sally April 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I received a flower and the whole office is going out for dinner tonight! (paid for by management – of course!) I am very fortunate that my management team shows their appreciation throughout the year and not just on Admin’s Day.

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Debbie April 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

My staff gave me flowers on Monday and they will be taking me out to a luncheon on Friday with some of other executives.

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Chris Lyles April 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I worked all day but received a gift card from the staff to a local spa to use at my leisure!

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Tiffany April 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

My individual office has never recognized Admin day/week. Honestly, I’ve never noticed or felt slighted by the lack of recognition.

Our corporate education department has put together a couple of Admin Education Days (including team building exercises, stress management seminars, software training, & an opportunity to meet the folks we all work with via email or phone) for admins across the organization, but I haven’t heard anything about a day in the works for this year.

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Anonymous April 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Same as last year – nothing. My boss can’t handle a social occasion if I don’t set it up for him.

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