• LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+
Admin Pro Forum

Did you receive praise or recognition on Administrative Professionals Day?

Get PDF file

by on
in Admin Pro Forum

Question: "Is anyone out there not recognized on Administrative Professionals Day (I’m not)? How do you handle it?" - Sally, Administrative Assistant

See comments below, and send your own question to Admin-Pro@nibm.net.

{ 98 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa . September 12, 2018 at 8:31 am

I have been an Admin Asst for 35+ years. I agree that AP Day is antiquated. Why should a boss celebrate their assistant for doing his or her job. Additionally, I feel that bosses should not be celebrated on Bosses Day. The only way we should be recognized is in our paycheck since that is the reason we are all at work!


Scott September 11, 2018 at 4:23 pm

My company celebrates Administrative Professionals Day, and this last year it really got me thinking about why we celebrate this “holiday” in the work place still today. My personal opinion is this holiday needs to be removed from the calendar and no longer practiced. It is outdated and offensive.

I see a lot of responses from Admin Staff stating they don’t normally receive “Thank-Yous” of any form throughout the year and they find value or affirmation when they are recognized by their office on Admin Day. However, here in-lies the problem. If a company doesn’t recognize their Admin Staff in this fashion it can, and does, lead to hurt feelings or perhaps lowered self-esteem or self-worth. Admin Day at the core implies the Admin Staff are insecure need to be praised and patted on the back in order to find value in themselves and in their work. Admin Day also creates a misconception that the rest of the office staff generally do receive praise, thank-yous, cards, flowers, etc. and that the Admin staff are somehow left out. The concept of a Admin Day actually promotes the segregation of the Admin staff from the rest of the office, as it teaches everyone (conscious or subconscious) that the Admin Staff are different and need to be treated accordingly. From someone who isn’t Admin Staff personally, Admin Day comes off more as “Gender Appreciation” rather than employee appreciation based on the fact this position has always been held predominately by women. This is enforced by the traditional gifts given, as they tend to be cards, flowers, candy/chocolate, and/or lunch, which are generally considered as feminine gifts.

Admin Staff need to be treated with the same regard as their co-workers. Not singled out and given additional praise or gifts as if they need to be coddled. We are taught in the Annual Harassment/Sensitivity Training that such gifts (flowers, chocolate or lunch alone with the boss) can be misconstrued and deemed inappropriate. Such forms of praise is no longer allowed in the work place, I am not sure why it’s OK on Admin Day.

All staff should be treated the same. With the same respect and regard. They should all receive annual merit raises in accordance with their performance/experience and profitability of the company. All staff should understand than any praise (or lack there of) does not bare any reflection on their worth to the company or as individuals. Nor should praise (or lack of praise) coincide with their personal performance at work. Further more, every employee should recognize that receiving praise is not a right. I have been working with my company for over twelve years and I don’t get compliments or praise for years at a time. Nor have I ever received flowers, chocolates, cards, lunch, etc. for a “job well done”. I have not witnessed any of my co-workers to receive any such things either. Only the Admin Staff do. I have also gone years without raises or bonuses. I add this only to assure Admin Staff that not being recognized regularly, annually, or ever, is common in the work place and not exclusive to Admin Staff. This is how the office/work environment is. To have a day dedicated to the appreciation of Admin Staff serves more as a disservice to their profession and the perceptions of professional women in the work place.

It’s time to end Administrative Professionals Day.


Niblet March 27, 2018 at 9:01 am

My position on celebrating Administrative Professionals Day is this: if you are lucky enough to be celebrated yearly, enjoy it; if your office/manager don’t celebrate it & it is important to you, join with your fellow admins and celebrate it yourself. Make it a positive thing for all of you.

I’ve had varying experience in the 20 years I’ve been in the Administriative Professional field. In my first several years, my boss would take me (the only admin) for a nice, not necessarily expensive, friendly lunch. In the rest of my career, either the HR Department took the admins to lunch, or we had a lunch with all the admins and bosses at a nice restaurant.

It falls to me now, as the Executive Administrator, to ensure that the day is in the calendars of the bosses. Our management is pretty good – as long as the reminder is there – since they are beyond busy. I plan the lunch, but the management team each do something for their respective admins personally as well (flowers or a small food gift). I also put an Admin Day “thank you” message into our employee communication stream which displays on screen throughout our facility. It actually gets the teams to remember to recognize their suport staff, which is very appreciated by our administrative team members. It’s oftren hard for our primarily engineering staff to understand why this day can be so important, as there any many programs recognizing the technical talent’s efforts. Reminding them once a year, keeps them aware of the contributions made by non-technical staff to their success. My boss has thanked me more than once for helping him make this day special, especially for those who see very little recogntition for the rest of the year. And yes, I do send him a card for Boss’ Day – the funniest one that I can find, as he tends to be too serious.

I guess what I am saying is that I’d rather celebrate the positive – either with Management (or without). Hang in there and remember that you are the ones that make the business successful!


Andy April 26, 2017 at 1:08 pm

In three years, I have had four Executive Directors, and in that time, only one has recognized me for my work. Since he’s now gone, I’ve simply gone back to lowering my expectations of my boss, applying elsewhere and looking forward to the day that I have an exit interview and can tell HR just how much **** gets dumped on me and how many times I’ve been thanked for being a trooper despite it all (and not by another admin in my office, all of who report to someone else get big flower arrangements).


Debra April 26, 2017 at 12:53 pm

I have worked at this Office for over 2 years, I am their receptionist, Security Officer. Never once has anyone in the office every said great job thanks for all you do. Today I watch several of managers bring in flowers and treats for all the Admins, Secret. and walk right by me, not even a good morning. I try not to let it bother me….


AF July 7, 2015 at 4:22 pm

By asking the question, “Did you receive praise or recognition on Administrative Professionals Day?” just plain evokes emotion for many people which I believe the question was intended to do.


Colleen July 7, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Again, I agree with you, AF. Although Velda’s comment wasn’t the nicest, it did not deserve the response that Christina gave to it. It is, indeed, an emotional subject that can bring out strong feelings but there are so many things wrong with Christina’s responses that I can’t take any more time on the subject. Let’s just say that what you give is what you get.


AF July 7, 2015 at 4:12 pm

The comments were all very intelligent, friendly and helpful until someone decided to take the other road.


B Martin July 7, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Actually, some of them really weren’t. See: Velda’s original comment.


B Martin July 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm

The question wasn’t whether or not you believe in Admin’s Day but whether or not you had been recognized and how to handle. Let’s maybe take that into account on future Admin Pro questions – how to stick to the topic at hand instead of devolving into a pointless argument.


Colleen July 7, 2015 at 3:47 pm

P.S. — Your sarcasm does not speak well for you as an individual or as an Admin. You may want to invest in some lessons on how to communicate on a professional level. Also, let me know what address I can send your $2.00 card to.


Christina July 7, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Honestly, you can send a card to yourself and to your friend AF. You both need it more than us admins do. Take care.


Colleen July 7, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Christina, even open forums require people to be civil to one another, and your remarks have been far from civil. I am not disagreeing with what you are saying, I am disagreeing with the WAY that you say it. There is a very big difference that you seemed to have missed. You completely misconstrued my remarks, by the way. I am not upset about not receiving a “$2.00 card” or anything else to do with Admin’s Day. I simply said (without blasting anyone as you did) that I think it is a day that is no longer necessary, if it ever was necessary. I don’t care if I receive recognition on this day because, to reiterate my main point, it is an uncomfortable day for me because so many other people DON’T get their own day. Christina, I also never once said that the work I do is “amazing.” You not only misquote me and misinterpret what I said, you did it in a very rude manner. I am surprised you even have a job.


AF July 7, 2015 at 3:38 pm

I am amazed that you would put so much passion into your comments about something that is not exactly earth-shattering. Something else is bugging you for sure.


Colleen July 7, 2015 at 3:43 pm

In total agreement, AF.


Christina July 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Colleen and AF, I’m glad you are both mouth pieces for each other. Colleen, you shouldn’t be surprised I “even have a job.” I’m actually an assistant who makes well over 6 figures, so yes AF, its not earth-shattering, but I am passionate about when reading ignorant, naive comments from jealous morons like the two of you. Clearly jealous of a minor recognition and now backtracking. You women have a great day, have a great life actually. Speaking with you is beyond pointless.


Colleen July 7, 2015 at 3:54 pm

It doesn’t matter how much money you make or how important you are if you can’t treat other people with respect. No one is back-tracking, no one is calling names — except for you. Do us all a favor and keep your negative comments to yourself — except for this: tell me what is so ignorant, naive and moronic about what has been said? Don’t make accusations without being willing to back them up. If you are in such an important position, how did you get there treating people the way that you do?


Christina July 7, 2015 at 3:09 pm

My comment was directed towards Velda’s comment. Colleen, your comments are welcome, just like anyone elses (including mine). If you disagree with what I said, don’t be part of an open forum. You people are upset because assistants who work hard everyday get recognized and get a bouqet of flowers and a $2 card? Sounds like you all need more fulfillment in your life. If you have an issue with recognition, then be mad about birthdays, anniversaries and pretty much every other holiday that exists. Again, most non-administrative positions get recongized with significant raises and bonuses that admins do not receive, so there is your Hallmark card that you’re so envious of. Is it going to kill you to say “good job?!” Guess what? Most people DON”T say “thanks for all that yo do.” Maybe that’s why there is a day singled out for them. If you don’t want to participate, ignore the holiday.

AF, that was a very profound “wow.” Great feedback.

You should both get back to the “amazing work” that you do. Work well enough, maybe then you’ll get a day for yourselves.


AF July 7, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Thank you Colleen. Wow…


Colleen July 7, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Admin Day is an uncomfortable day for me because there are other people who deserve recognition as well but don’t have ‘their own day.’ I agree that perhaps this ‘Hallmark’ day is past its prime and should be retired but I don’t think the card companies are going to let it die. I equate it with Mother’s Day: I really dislike being singled out and given gifts simply because tradition tells people to do so. I would rather receive sincere little thank-you’s and notes of appreciation or even just kind words throughout the year.
One last note: Christina, I hope your sharp response to whomever it was directed to does not reflect your personality in general. Sure, this is a forum to express our feelings about a subject but I think everyone should be civil about it whether they agree with another person’s response or not. Defensiveness and hostility do not add anything positive to the discussion and only make people uncomfortable. How about we disagree amicably?


AF July 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Who is Christina directing her comments toward because I do not understand them.


Christina July 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Wow. Considerate. If you were such a rock star in your office, maybe you would get flowers, candy, taken out to lunch. And for your information, most officers in non-administrative roles often do get invited to lunches, Christmas dinners, special events, etc., whereas admins do not. Clearly you don’t have your own assistant and hopefully you never will have one.


Anne February 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm

I have to say, I have never seen so many people respond to any one question on this forum.I have been an administrative/executive assistant for many years, and some managers do show appreciation for your work, and others do not. I currently work at a not-for profit organization, which makes it very difficult for them to spend any money at all on employees. We are held to high standards by the state and have strict regulations regarding what we can spend money on and what we can’t. Yes the thank yous could and should come from each and every one of the managers who have an admin assistant, but that is not always the case. Judging from all of these comments,I have come to the conclusion that the administrative professionals day’s time has come and gone. I believe it is an antiquated Hallmark day beginning back many years ago, and that we should probably quietly bow out from celebrating this so-called holiday. There are too many hurt feelings that are caused by it; i.e.companies who can afford to do major things for their employees and others who can afford to do nothing.


Velda February 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm

I have been in the workforce for 35 years but never as an admin. I work very hard and take pride in what I do.. I find it very offensive that Office Admins get their own special day and no other profession does. I know admins that have actually sent their boss an e-mail asking him what they are going to get. Some of them think that because they have their own day that it is their right to get flowers, candy and to be taken out for lunch. I think bosses should show appreciation to all of their staff and not just the admins!


Kayla Martens May 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm

I’m a boss and I never miss this day. I give cards, flowers, Starbucks cards, dinners to my staff, etc…but I do it all year long too.

Never once in 23 years have I gotten anything for boss’s day. Just so you know—it’s so hard to be a boss, too.


Lisa May 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I guess I feel the opposite of most folks. After about 25 years as an admin professional, the actual “day” itself isn’t important to me. I’m lucky enough that my bosses are appreciative of my work on a day-to-day basis. Really, it makes me uncomfortable to be called out and recognized, while 99% of my co-workers (who don’t have admin jobs) don’t get their own special recognition. The whole Admin Professionals Day thing seems a bit old-fashioned to me.


Robin June 9, 2014 at 9:45 am

I totally agree! I work hard, but so do most of the others I work with. There was a time when admins were definitely under-appreciated, but i don’t think that is the case any more and the need for this special day/week has passed.


Kay May 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm

This is the first year since I began this job that my normally-very-thoughtful boss didn’t do anything for us. I think because he was traveling the entire week of AP Day he forgot about it and now that it is over, he has been too busy to even think about the fact that we missed getting a gift card and thank you note on that day. (Of course it wouldn’t be appropriate to hint that he didn’t recognize us this year.) He has honestly been busier than I have ever seen him and I don’t fault him for letting it slip by. My job is to make his life easier, and expecting a recognition under the circumstances would simply add one more task to his list. I am just grateful that I get to work for such a wonderful individual.


Lara May 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

I’ve been supporting the same man for over 7 years. Have never received anything from him. My first few years here, I had a recurring reminder set in his calendar to remind him of the day but still he said nothing. I finally just deleted it from his calendar a few years ago. Also, the only time I’ve received a thank you or nice job from him (only via email), has been when someone else has said it first & cc’d him on the email. Then I guess he feels obligated to say something.


Lara May 19, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Additionally, each year on bosses day (for the first 3 years), I gave him a card & balloons or a card & a little cake, etc. and still nothing back on admin. day.


Wanda Boyd May 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

Our Gainesville local IAAP host a luncheon Tuesday of Administrative Professionals week each year. Our company paid for a table at the luncheon again this year and we all went. There were speakers and vendors and door prizes and great food and we had a marvelous time again this year. I work for the best company in the world!


SK May 1, 2014 at 5:43 pm

My whole company is very aware of, and appreciated of, all the administrative professionals. Last year we all went on a retreat on Admin Prof. Day, along with many, many other Admin Professionals in the area, to a resort and had speakers and classes and freebies and massages and SWAG. It was wonderful.
This year I took three days off last week and didn’t expect anyone to realize I was gone for “my day” or do anything for a day I decided to take off. However, when I came back on Monday, my boss was waiting with a beautiful, huge vase full of flowers for me. I felt so special.
In addition, the CEO of the company had gift bags made up with hand lotion, nail polish, emory board, etc. with a card saying “You Deserve A Hand.”
I love my company :)


Jennifer May 1, 2014 at 5:05 pm

The local Chamber of Commerce hosts a luncheon with a speaker every year, so my boss always sends me to that. She is generally very good about letting me know year-round how much she appreciates. I have a hard time not feeling guilty, though. I am the only admin, and I know that she is not very good at showing appreciation to other staff members, and there are sometimes hurt feelings when this day rolls around as there is not an “employee”s day” where they get recognized.


Kelly Comstock-Snell May 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Our boss recognized our group with a lovely gift bag filled with goodies and a nice card. It was good to be recognized.


Anne May 1, 2014 at 4:14 pm

I think this is a very “iffy” kind of day. I have been blessed, for the most part, with managers who have always recognized my work, not just for Admin. Professionals’ Week, but year long as well. But for those who are not recognized or not recognized consistently, there can be a lot of heartache. Not sure what the answer is, but I believe organizations as a whole should make sure that ALL of their admin. professional staff is thanked even if it is in a very small way.


Ann D May 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm

We are lucky to feel appreciated every day in my office. One year, my coworker and I, a fellow admin, purchased a full sheet cake, put it in a conference room, and invited all the staff to celebrate the week with us. It was a big hit with everyone in the office.


Kathy April 30, 2014 at 9:58 am

I work at a university. Each year the President and his wife host a lunch for all admins on campus and have drawings for the centerpieces at each table. He also gives us a few sincere remarks of appreciation of our work. Within my office, one supervisor did not acknowledge at all. One supervisor thought it was June (she’s new and not from this country), but ran out at lunch to get me a small gift. My newest supervisor is taking me to lunch today (belated because we have been so busy) and also gave me a gift card and present. Over my 25+ years I’ve had the full range of recognition (and no recognition) on that day, but almost all have offered appreciation and praise year round. As long as I get that, I don’t need anyone to pull out all the stops on one particular day.


Brenda April 29, 2014 at 4:24 pm

My boss is on a leave of absence, so I didn’t even see her on APD. However, she is always complimentary and supportive of me. We’ve worked together four years, and it’s been a great partnership. I did receive flowers from members of our team and a colleague I help out from time to time.


Barbara April 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

It’s quite interesting what response this question has generated. Many of the comments are about receiving flowers and gifts that really don’t mean that much after the deed is done. I wish our culture automatically appreciated the work that the Adms do, without being “forced” to show appreciation one day a year. I did receive flowers from my nine bosses…only one of them knew what they were for. It’s up to us…how can we make changes in our communities. How can we be the ones to see that our bosses are appreciative. My dream would be to have a corporate-sponsored community workshop (with food of course); for all Adms; two hours away from the office where speakers would address our issues and there would be plenty of talk and laughter. When we went back to the office and thanked our bosses for this great opportunity they will feel like they really did hit the mark for Administrative Professionals Day. That $50 for flowers will go much further to show their appreciation. Just a thought. Remember, we are valuable; our bosses do appreciate us, and so should we.


Gail April 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm

I’ve been in the admin field for over 35 years and I think this is the first year ever I was not acknowledged somehow during Administrative Professionals Week. I remember when it was called Secretary’s Day! It made me a bit sad, but it was a better day than some of the uncomfortable one in years past, like the time the creepy boss took me to lunch alone and ordered us wine – not fun! Or the time I was the only secretary in a row of 5 secretaries who didn’t get a bouquet flowers. I was okay with that, but was embarrassed that my boss (a great guy) kept coming out with updates, “I don’t know what happened to your flowers.” “Okay they went to the wrong office.” “They should be here soon!”. And having to field comments from passers by like “So where are your flowers?” “Why don’t you have any flowers?”


Cindy April 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm

This is my third year at this company and I have always been recognized on this day. This year, 2 of the managers I assist gave me a card along with a gift card to a favorite store. One even mentioned I should get this sort of thing everyday! My boss made a special trip to the office to give me his card and store gift card. He wanted to be sure to thank me in person for the extra assistance I provide. I must admit, I do get thanks most of the year and having this little extra really makes me feel appreciated. I enjoy my job!


Beth April 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm

We use the day to show appreciation to all employees from the President to the receptionist. We renamed it Employee Appreciation Day, and everybody gets a gift card to a restaurant. I noticed in other companies that I worked in, back when we referred to this day as “Secretary’s Day,” it was the men buying the women flowers or chocolate whether or not the women were secretaries. Some did not take this well. By celebrating the contributions of everyone in the company, all in the same manner, we eliminate any negative feelings. (I hope!)


Cassi April 28, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I work in a small company. We don’t often “recognize” holidays, whether they are real or “hallmark” holidays. Someone always bakes or buys for a birthday but, other than that, if we want to “celebrate” you can generally get a group to go out after work. It doesn’t bother me, we are like family… sarcastic, rude, obnoxious, but we love each other.


JK April 28, 2014 at 11:17 am

The management “took” the staff to lunch, but I couldn’t go due to a doctor appointment and not finding out about the lunch until 3 days prior.

I wasn’t disappointed in missing the lunch. The fact that nobody ever mentioned that they noticed I wasn’t present or even said Thank You for your work was sad.

Recognition all year round is preferred for a job well done, in my opinion. But that doesn’t happen either.


Margarette April 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

No recognition from my boss. I had one employee who was headed to a meeting in the conference room wish me happy Administrative Professionals Day and I greatly appreciated the well wishes. I do get recognition from the staff for all the things I do to take care of them.


Marla April 28, 2014 at 7:35 am

The actual day, half the supervisors in my dept were in a meeting half the day, so I didn’t hear anything about it until the end of the day when a few of them called me and wished me a Happy Admin Day. My actual boss was on vacation the whole week, so I didn’t hear anything from him. But then on Thursday, I received a bouquet of flowers and a card signed by all the supervisors who were here that day, and we all went out for lunch. It doesn’t bother me if people don’t remember as I just look at it as a “Hallmark Holiday”, but it is nice to hear thanks, etc. outside the norm stuff when they do remember. :)


Sally April 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I am amazed at all the responses from my question. I too work with engineers (in manufacturing) and I think that explains it.


Patricia April 25, 2014 at 3:24 pm

I do not get recognized on the day but my boss let’s me know how much she appreciate me during my annual review. I’ll take a nice raise over flowers any day of the year.


Many Hats April 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Recognized? No, of course not. Those of us who work with engineers (and I notice there are several!) are accustomed to that. I’ve tried to observe Boss’s Day a time or three, but there doesn’t seem to be any appreciation for that either; so I let it drop. Contrived modern “holidays” get little attention around here. That said, after I explained this history to the lovely young woman who joined my “Department of One” this past January, I offered to take her out to lunch on a convenient day next week. We’ve never done that, just the two of us, and it might make a wonderful annual event, assuming we both enjoy it as much as I hope we will.


Mary Marrone-Polo April 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Because of my involvement in various leadership roles (42+ years) in the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) organization, my employer appoints me as the orchestrator of the Administrative Professionals Day event every year, but I was given a break this year due to a back injury that kept me out of work for two months.

In my absence, one of the manager’s took control and worked with the HR Department about recognizing our admins this year. We were given a *special” breakfast – no speakers – just grabbing our breakfast and going into a conference room chit-chatting with our colleagues that maybe we never get a chance to socialize with. Pretty yellow/white table cloths with beautiful yellow/white floral arrangements. We all received a Harvey & Sons Master Tea Blenders gift with hand cream, lemon drops, Earl Grey Imperial tea, and an Earl Grey Chocolate candy bar (which I have not indulged in yet). The President/CEO and the Chief of Staff came around to each and every table and thanked us for what we do. Over the lunch hour, we had a vendor fair for all staff and later in the afternoon, at 3:00 p.m., all staff gathered for beverages and chocolate covered strawberries, cookies, etc.

I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my two bosses and a card that read, “Happy Administrative Professionals Day! Many thanks for all you do – your professionalism and good humor are always appreciated!”

I also received one of the beautiful breakfast centerpieces from the manager who put the event together this year. He said it was for all the past years that I orchestrated the day and for the ones to come. That was very nice!

I received a few E-cards from previous bosses that I have worked for over my 40+ years in the office administrative field and a few personal E-mails from my IAAP colleagues and friends.

But, I have to say, my bosses don’t wait for once a year to “thank me” – they “thank me” often for what I do. I am very grateful and lucky to have such wonderful bosses that respect my value to their work days.


Darlene Ryon April 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Working for local government we do not have discretionary funds for Special Occasions. However, the County Manager and most departments here spend their own money to thank Administrative Professionals. We had a pizza party with the works and were thanked by all.


Jodi April 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

I really do not expect gifts for anything…I am well paid, receive a very good bonus and review each year, am always reminded how much I am appreciated, and absolutely love my job. However, my boss was out of town in training but she had flowers delivered and sent an email to me during one of her breaks wishing me a Happy APD. She constantly tells me how much she appreciates all I do to support her and everyone else in the office (around 75 people). She also remembers my birthday and gives me a nice gift on Christmas. She and everyone else in the office makes me feel appreciated daily. I have the best job & co-workers EVER! =)


Sara April 25, 2014 at 9:26 am

I am the only admin for two offices and 20 employees. Unless I tell them – which I don’t – I am “unrecognized.” The only reason I even knew about it this year was because I read this post! I’ve worked here 21 years and can only remember one time that I’ve received anything (and I’m sure I badgered someone about it!). Once I approached one of my bosses about it; he wanted to know when Engineer’s Day was!

I do not take it personally. I get a good wage and benefits, a sizeable annual bonus and occasional thank-yous, so I’m happy.


PJP April 25, 2014 at 9:15 am

I am very blessed to finally have found this job. I worked 15 years at a thankless job in manufacturing as an Admin. I knew there was something better out there for me and I was right. Now I work at a Medical University and feel I should have been here my whole working life. It felt like home the first day. My department makes me feel that my position has meaning and purpose and that makes it worth coming to work every day! For APD day I received three cards, an indoor garden planter,Tulips, and two gift cards.

Reading some of the other comments, I just don’t get that bosses don’t get that when you verbally tell your employees how much you appreciate what they do, they WANT to do a great job for you.


Marta April 25, 2014 at 9:02 am

I certainly don’t take it personally that no one here recognizes this day … I mean, there are SO many “special” days on the calendar now, it’s kind of an irritant to have to try to remember everyone’s day!


Pam April 25, 2014 at 7:49 am

This is the first time in more years than I can remember that I wasn’t recognized and I’ve got to say, it doesn’t bother me. I am blessed to be able to work for an incredible non-profit organization – I get recognized and am shown appreciation all year long so why do I need anything more?


Margaret April 25, 2014 at 7:31 am

Cube Life remarks echo my feelings with the exception it has been 4 years for me. Out of 60 staff members in this department I am the only Admin with 1 person remembering me. All is not lost! I spent part of the day working with HR & payroll on payraises for other staff members who will cap out at the end of the fiscal year along with myself.


JoAnn Paules April 25, 2014 at 6:38 am

Last year my manager had just been promoted into his position. Our former manager had passed away unexpectedly so being my direct manager was still new to him and he didn’t say anything. This year I was expecting the same thing but he surprised me. He got me a card and had many of the other guys in my department (I’m the only female in the dept) as well as other engineers who I help if needed.

I don’t need gifts (I like them but they are not required) but it was nice to get a card signed by so many of the others. And the fact that Derek went out and bought it himself is pretty darned amazing. :-)


Lulu April 25, 2014 at 6:11 am

I’m in a newer job with a new boss so I don’t feel too bad about not being recognized. A couple of people I work for were reminded that it was Admin day and said happy day, but that is almost worse than nothing at all. None of those that remembered reminded my boss so he didn’t say a word. I’m not completely devastated though; I like my boss and that works for me. Besides, it’s how he treats me throughout the year that matters, not just on one day.


Amanda April 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm

I have never been recognized on APD. It is not a big deal though, because I have the two best bosses ever! They always treat me kindly and do random things for me. This year I pretended I didn’t know it was APD until I received an email from Admin Pro. I then stated that everyone had to be nice to me because it was APD. We all laughed and they said only for today would they be nice. I work with a great group of people who show me their appreciation daily.


Joyce April 24, 2014 at 7:32 pm

My boss is not a gracious person. Another manager usually reminds her, and I told them to knock it off because it’s not sincere and it only frustrates them that they have to keep reminding her up to the day. However I don’t miss it. I take the other admins out for lunch on my dime the day before and have a fabulous time, and not feel guilty if it takes more than an hour. I have managers who buy me gifts and/or take me to lunch, and I have staff in other areas that do for me as well. I get emails and other well wishes. Their sincere thanks mean so much more than any recognition my boss could give me. If you’re not treated well through out the year one day is not going to make up for it; and if you are treated well all year around, be happy and grateful for the year-long gift and use the day to celebrate how lucky you are.


Christine April 24, 2014 at 7:27 pm

No one acknowledged it but today our HR Manager remembered. Tomorrow is a ‘last Friday of the month’ company lunch so we are using that as a belated celebration. As far as handling it, just another day of the week. I am a professional so I just carried on.


Jenni April 24, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Hmmm…didn’t know it was Admin Professional Day. Thought it was just another crummy Wednesday. :(


rjsbabe April 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm

My boss constantly compliments me but in 5 years has never recognized me on Admin Professional Day, nor have the managers that work for him. The only one who said anything was another admin I sometimes work with. I can’t say it bothers me. As long as my managers treat me well and I keep getting bonuses and salary increases, it’s all good. (He is uber generous at Christmas as well.)


Jo April 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I already commented and I did receive appreciation for APD, but I would like to say that at the beginning of each year I put on everyone’s calendars all the company holidays, regular fed holidays, etc. and this is one I always add. Not just for the kudos but because it is a recognized special day. I have in the past gone without receiving anything and on those days, my beautiful daughter has sent me a bouquet of flowers! I receive other praise during the course of the year so not really upset if I don’t receive anything for this one day. I know the value I provide and I know it is appreciated. It isn’t always about ‘things’ for me!


Marilyn April 24, 2014 at 5:24 pm

No, I was not recognized by my boss or any of the team. I did receive well wishes from other admins. My current boss is not good at these things. The boss doesn’t know what yesterday was. If someone reminds the boss it is admin day, I receive a very nice bouquet of flowers. In the past, I have received flowers after admin week is over due to someone mentioning that it was admin day the previous week. But I don’t want to be the one to do the reminding, it is like asking “what are you doing for me?” The boss isn’t a glad hander so when I receive a “thank you” or a “great job” from the boss, or a cookie from the local vendor or a piece of homemade cake or bread, any given day, I know I am appreciated and the compliments are sincere. We have talked in the past about ways to make sure recognition is made for all of our team. So it is more important to me that I recognize people every day for the assistance they provide – no matter what their level or job responsibility is. It may be a special day for them that no one knows about. I have a great boss who I admire, trust and respect. I know my work is appreciated by my boss and that is what is important to me. I have come to realize over the years that it is up to me as to whether I have a great day or not on admin day or any day. Having watched Mark Gungor and the difference between Men’s Brain and Women’s brain has helped me understand both my female and male bosses. Mark even does some of the faces that I have encountered. I hope you all realize that you are an important member of the team you work on – both at home and work and that you do make a difference with or without the recognition or praise.


KR April 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm



TAYS April 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I work for the CEO and President and I must say, they really do seem to appreciate me and thank me for the work I do and tell me so here and there which is very nice. I’ve been with this company for two years and have been shown appreciation with nice flowers and lunch, but this year they must have REALLY appreciated my hard work and gave me a fabulous gift card to the Coach Store!! I was beyond elated! I recently hired a receptionist who I manage and made sure that I recognized her as well and will continue to do that every year. I do not need to have accolades and pats on the back, but this is one day a year when it is really special.


Nerdgirl April 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I received a card, flowers and a plant from my immediate supervisor. My manager next in command gave me a $25 gift card. A group of people, within my division, gave me a card, flowers and provided a picnic lunch for all assistants. My claims managers gave me a card, a couple of small gifts and a $50 gift card. So – yes, I am appreciated!


HR Divva April 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm

We recognize it with our Assistant. We usually get a card and flowers or a small token of appreciation. A little bit goes a long way, however I don’t want anyone “expecting” it cause things happen and we may forget. It doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate our employees.


Jo April 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Employee appreciation week included, rootbeer, ice cream, pretzels, raffles for car wash, gas card and a month at company’s gym from the company, and on Administrative Professional Day I received flowers, candy and breakfast from my immediate supervisor and department team members. I feel blessed to work for such a wonderful company and a wonderful group of individuals in my department.


Donna April 24, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I am so blessed to have the boss that I have. Not only does she tell me I’m doing a good job year round, but each year she makes Administrative Professionals Day very special. She started out my day with a bouquet of flowers and a couple of special gifts. Then I was treated to lunch with the other ladies in my area. I was fawned over all day long and made to feel very special.


Barbara April 24, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I have to say I am very lucky to work for a team that gives me support and praise all thru the year but also never forgets to recognize Admin Day. I was treated to an extra long lunch offsite and given a candy basket with a gift card.


Unappreciated April 24, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I work for 5 men. The only one who acknowledged me was the EVP who took me out to lunch for a $20 meal. The 4 remaining men didn’t so much as wish me even a verbal Happy Admin Professionals Day! What I don’t understand is up until 2 years ago, they used to give me a $100 gift card (and a few years prior to that, it was $200). What’s disappointing is I get glowing reviews every year, I work hard, never say no to anything, but apparently, the work I do for them goes largely unappreciated. With one of them in particular, it’s rare that I get a please or thank you. The bright spot in my day was when a former boss of mine (he was a company president when I worked for him) took time out of his day to send me a Happy APD e-card (he lives out of state) and wrote the nicest message about how much he always appreciated the work that I did and how I made him more productive. I have had some great bosses in my time – and I’ve been in this field nearly 30 years; however, the group I’m with now leaves much to be desired (except the EVP). Time to reevaluate…


LaTasha April 24, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Sometimes something is said on Administrative Professionals Day, sometimes nothing is said, but honestly, I don’t take offense because my boss tells me all the time how much she appreciates me and all the hard work I do. The same thing goes for Boss’ Day. One year I made a big deal out of it, last year I completely forgot about it (I don’t know how that happened!). However, my boss and I have known each other and been working together for years. We tell each other all the time how much we love working with each other so I don’t expect anything major on one particular day.


Donna April 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Personally, I was not recognized, nor would I expect to be. My boss has more important things to do and so do I. I have a good relationship with my boss & I know he appreciates me & my work. No one else gets a “special appreciation day” so why should I? There is no “salesman appreciation day” or “engineer appreciation day” or “shipping manager appreciation day” or ……


B Martin April 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm

I’m fairly certain there’s a reason why a day like this was created. Being taken for granted is practically written in the job description; hence the need for a special day of recognition.


Denise April 24, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Your comments are no doubt honest, but the one question that keeps coming back is “how do you know that your boss “appreciates you and your work”? Does he/she express how he/she feels or do you just assume he/she appreciates you? For many hard working admins, just having someone express their gratitude for all they do is needed, and much deserved. It takes very little to express appreciation, a simple “thank you” does go a long way, and it’s a definite PICK-ME up. Just another thought………..


Dorothy April 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm

This isn’t something I’ve always known. I felt most appreciated when serving in the Marine Corps and we didn’t have admin day. But it is nice to feel that your job has meaning and you’re appreciated. I worked for a great man and we had mutual respect for each other and now I don’t have that.


Debbie April 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I was not recognized by Manager at all ! He is one of those types that does not tell you the 100 good things you did but will immediately point out the 1 bad thing you did. Unfortunately, I have gotten used to it and just pass it off as another year of no recognition.


Dorothy April 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm

My Sales Manager of 17 years just retired. He wasn’t always here on this day but we would do lunch and I always felt appreciated by him. Not one person acknowledge this day / week. I now work with men that lay it on so thick that it doesn’t really mean anything (not sincere). I’ve been here 18 years and am ready for a new chapter in my life. I didn’t say anything to anyone here because of the lack of sincerity. Don’t wonder if you’re doing a great job…you probably are. I stay away from them, leave when I can, and go home to the people that are really important to me. It pays the bills…but I really would like a career that is purpose driven.


Sabrina April 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm

As I read your post I can relate- I actually just left a position that I held for 17 years, same company. I had my ups and downs, some managers I had were great and really appreciated what I did and then there were a couple that I hated coming into work everyday for. A word of advice is if you are at the point and it has become just a job that pays the bills and you no longer love what you do get out and do something different while you can. I left in February and found another role within 3 weeks…jobs and positions are out there. I am now in a higher role, when I leave work I leave work no more stressing about what is going on at work, and my team appreciates me. Also finding a new role can also help unlock some of those talents you may have that are not able to be used in your current role. Just a thought…sorry for the long post.


Barrett April 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

The admins here are very fortunate to work for a great team. We had a wonderful breakfast with all the bosses, we were each given a beautiful flower arrangement and a gift, and they had our cars sent out to be washed and waxed.


CubeLife April 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm

I like this Barrett! One day when I’m in charge (WHEN, not if), I’m going to treat all the admins to get their cars detailed on this day. Or maybe I’ll send them off to a spa day. Lord knows we all could use one!


Denise April 24, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Unfortunately, I was looked over again and received no recognition. Staff in other departments were treated to beautiful flowers, lunch, etc., but for some reason, my boss does absolutely nothing!! Sadly, I’ve gotten used to it, but still wonder why the top management wouldn’t express their gratitude for the services provided. Not a word from anyone!!! It would be nice to at least hear “thank you”, especially after 27 yrs. of services. Oh well………..


Kim April 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm

The group I support are extremely busy this time of year planting crops but they still found the time and made the effort to bring me a lovely, HUGE, bouquet of flowers. It almost makes me feel guilty as they are working so hard but I do appreciate it so much.


Sally Dieterich April 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Ihave two new bosses and neither recognized this important day (my previous director ALWAYS remembered). Some emails went around from other admins, but nothing from the higher ups. Very disappointing from those who expect us (admins) to be on top of everything.


Sisukas April 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm

This happened to me in my previous job that I loved: my two male bosses didn’t really know or care that the day existed (one was from Europe and so am I). I didn’t take offense. I got plenty of good (& straight constructive) feedback and recognition throughout the year, which I appreciated. In another job, I didn’t care for a “Happy Secretaries Day” balloon & candy with statement: “I just wanted you to know that I paid for these from MY own money.” It felt like it was a chore to this person and she was speaking “down on us”. I’m now blessed to work with amazing group of people with the right balance of respect, recognition, and friendship. If you are not getting some sort of feedback & recognition for your work, I’d start looking elsewhere.

I guess I’d rather get recognition & feedback throughout the year than just on a specific day. I try to do the same to others. So…if it’s heartfelt, it can be as little as a verbal ‘thank you’, little note, gift/treat, lunch out with the boss…but if it doesn’t come from the heart…


Lisa April 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I have 2 great bosses! While I do not hear “that is great” or “good job” very often, at least on this day, I am recognized. This year, I received a very nice card and basket of flowers which filled my office with such a great fragrance. She also gave me 2 gift cards, one to a restaurant and also to a clothing store. My other boss recognized me with a great card and gift card to a major department store. Additionally, the whole office of 22 people was invited out to lunch to celebrate the AAs. I can honestly say that I am lucky to have two wonderful people to work for, and I truly believe that they appreciate what I do!


jjbear84 April 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Sally, I feel for you…. completely!

I have been administrative/secretary for about 20 years and have been pretty fortunate until now. Never have I been so blatantly ignored on this day and I know that they knew what day it was. I wouldn’t say I am angry although those feelings are there too but I can truly say I am very hurt! I always give a 110% for everyone and this makes me wonder why. Lucky for them, I have a great work ethic and I don’t know how to NOT give all I have into a job. But wow, this was a major eye opener for sure.

I am so glad that some of you are rewarded with bonuses and such at least. Sadly, I will just continue to do what I do day in and day out (but I know that there is someone out there that will appreciate an employee like me, hopefully soon!!!!!!)

Maybe it’s time to take a leap of faith Sally, be encouraged by who you are and what you do. There are a lot of appreciative people out there. I hope you also find one!


Sally April 25, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Thank you, jjbear84, for your kind words. I react as you do and each year I try not to let it bother me. The good thing is, next year I’ll be retiring and the next person can deal with them. HA!


Shelly April 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Not really. Another admin and I exchanged gifts. Once the higher-ups realized what day it was, they bought cupcakes for the whole office (there are only three admins, not an office full). So no, I didn’t receive any specific recognition from those I assist. It was disappointing and insulting to say the least.


B Martin April 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Zero recognition on my end other than an email from another admin (which was appreciated). I’ve taken to just scrubbing this day from my mind since it crushes my spirit if I stop to think about being unrecognized for my efforts. Yes, yes, we have jobs and that’s great but that doesn’t mean we don’t deserve a thumbs up every once in awhile!


Robyn April 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm

I’m very blessed that my boss and co-workers all wished me ‘a good admin day’ yesterday…even though this is the first year I didn’t receive an actual gift. But on the other hand my boss did pay for me to go to the APW event yesterday.

My best friend is an admin for a credit union in another state, has been there over 13 years and her boss never remembers the day…actually no one there wished her a good admin day yesterday.

Perhaps we need a better promotion plan for the day…..


CJ April 24, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Used to get very nice appreciation related gifts… last 3-4 years nothing (I did get an email from someone I no longer support and haven’t for quite awhile). My current mind set is to remind myself that I have a job and thus am appreciated in that manner. I might just reward myself for a job well done!


Laura April 24, 2014 at 4:07 pm

My bosses are WONDERFUL! They recognize me year round, however they make a huge deal on this special week. They give me special treats on each day. Balloons, flowers, cards, gift certificates to restaurants and salons, frozen yogurt outings and a delicious team lunch. They make me feel very special and appreciated!


CubeLife April 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Dang Laura where do you work? Can we come join you??


CubeLife April 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

This is my third APD (same company all this time) and my FIRST time getting a gift. And it was from a COWORKER who has been with the company less than two months. The first year I was crushed. The second year I was stoic. This year I had a fleeting wonder of whether or not I’m a good admin (since my boss clearly doesn’t think so), but then I must be since I’ve gotten a year end bonus and good performance reviews every year. So my conclusion is he somehow does not know that such a day exists. Chin up, friend!


Leave a Comment