Did you know that that the observance of this day originated in 1952 and was originally called National Secretaries Day? The name was later changed to Administrative Professionals Day in 2000 when the day was moved to April, and we lowly admins only get the day instead of the month that was celebrated in the 50s. You know what they say, one step forward, two steps back.
One of my managers and I struggled this year to think of a form of recognition that would be meaningful to a group who has weathered such a chaotic year. We can’t go to lunch together due to social distancing, and there isn’t a tangible gift that really encompasses our appreciation. So, we settled on an extra paid day off to be taken whenever they want (as long as they aren’t all out at once). I found it interesting that a token of appreciation is time away.
It turns out, giving employees extra time off is a great way to say thank you. In a recent survey, roughly 40% of workers said that extra paid time off is a top form of recognition. Better yet, it doesn’t break the bank. In fact, employees who are offered extra time away are far more productive when they return, and are better motivated to do stellar work.
This seemingly arbitrary “holiday” can go far beyond just donuts in the breakroom (though I DO love a donut). It can serve as a reinforcement for a job presently well done. Regardless of what you do with your teams, don’t let this day pass without doing something. This is true for your peer group as well. Let’s make sure we are lifting each other up whenever possible.
What are some of the things you are doing with your teams to celebrate? I would love to hear about them in the comments.