How Do You Show Appreciation for Administrative Staff?
Google “administrative staff appreciation ideas” and you’ll get over a million results. But most of those million-plus ideas are pretty much the same: a mug or a tchotchke or candy, or maybe a cute, funny card.
If you’d like to do something different for an administrative staffer — something that will truly make them feel valued — we’ve got a great suggestion. Best of all, it’s inexpensive and it doesn’t take long. You can even do it today, to celebrate International Receptionists’ Day. (And if you missed National Administrative Professionals Day on April 25, this is your opportunity to make it up!)
Here you go — one of the best administrative staff appreciation ideas out there, and it’s just two simple steps.
1. Make a List of Everything Your Admin Does
That’s it: Make a list of all the stuff your admin or receptionist does for you.
Consider everything, from opening mail to restocking the coffee to dealing with a fussy printer so often, they should get a commendation from HP. When you feel like you’re out of ideas, think about how your admin performs their responsibilities, too. Ask yourself:
What’s their attitude like? How do they make clients and co-workers feel? Do they show that they care about the business’s success? How do you feel knowing they’re the point person for the whole operation?
When you really are out of ideas, ask a colleague for theirs. You might be surprised at how many things you end up with. Many admins handle a huge variety of both routine and random miscellaneous tasks every day. If they’re good at their job, you should end up with a long list of duties that merit praise.
2. Turn Your List Into a Message of Thanks
Here’s the secret (and of course, it’s no secret at all): Just like everyone else, admins and receptionists want to know that someone notices their hard work. The nature of their job means they’re supposed to be a little bit invisible — as if the coffee were restocked by magic. That makes it even more crucial that they know somebody is paying attention.
Take your list and turn it into a message. You could pick out the biggest or most notable items (“Thank you for ensuring the annual report looked excellent for the board meeting”) focus on one or two that meant a lot to you personally (“You saved my skin when you managed to get food for that meeting so fast!”), or just include the whole list to show that you see everything they do.
Then put it in a cute, funny card with some candy (or check out some other administrative staff appreciation ideas). Your admins will be gratified you took the time to notice where theirs goes.
Happy International Receptionist’s Day!
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