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Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day Ideas

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April 25th, 2018

Whether you are celebrating Administrative Professional's Day which is April 25, 2018 or celebrating Administrative Professional's Week from April 22 - 28 2017, Successories has the gifts to truly show them that you have noticed and appreciate how much they contribute to the organization.

Admin Appreciation Day is still months away, but if you are looking for a gift for an admin, check out these admin gift ideas from Successories such as personalized gifts and appreciation gifts. If you want appreciate your whole staff, see our selection of exclusive thank you gifts.


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Secretary Appreciation Day Gift Ideas

Top 8 Admin Gift Ideas to Appreciate & Recognize:


There are various types of thank you gifts that are great ways to recognize all the functions administrative staff does for a variety of organizations. One thing to keep In mind is the contributions that administrative staff provide to organizations of any size. Here are 8 unique appreciation gift ideas to recognize office staff.


1. Candle Gifts

An attractive and scented desk accessory that will show your appreciation every day.


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2. Soaps & Bath Bombs

Let them unwind & destress at home, while appreciating everything they did at work.


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3. Key Chains

They hold the keys to your success, give them a keychain that reminds them of how grateful you are.


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4. Pens Gifts

Nothing is mightier than the pen. They will treasure this professional keepsake.


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5. Journals

A functional gift that is as stylish and handy as they are.


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6. Drinkware Gifts

A favorite gift among all walks of life, let them know they are appreciated everytime they reach for their favorite beverage.


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7. Personalized Gifts

Engrave a custom inscription on select stunning gifts for something truly personal.


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8. Bags & Totes

A functional gift that shows your appreciation everytime they leave the house.


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Customer Favorite Staff Appreciation

Updated Monday 09-25-2017
Attitude Drop Desk Clock
Rating: | Reviewer: Amy of Harrisburg, PA

Attitude Drop Desk Clock

Attitude didn't "Drop" it shot up!
The staff was excellent at getting this to us in time for our Christmas party and the employee who received it (and others who didn't) all loved it!

Perseverance Grand Canyon Desk Clock
Rating: | Reviewer: Sharon of NH

Perseverance Grand Canyon Desk Clock

Love...will buy again!!
I am responsible for ordering student awards every year. It was past practice to order a plaque with engraving. I thought this was rather boring for a high school student and began researching other options. The clock is perfect, they can take it off to college with them. This is the 2nd year in a row that I have ordered these, and I will continue to in the future. Everybody loves them.

Recognition Climbers Desk Clock
Rating: | Reviewer: BoomBoss of Shippensburg, PA

Recognition Climbers Desk Clock

Excellent Practical Award!
We were looking for an award that would be useful to the recipient, rather than something that would 'collect dust'. We plan on using this award a lot in the future.


Admin Appreciation Gift Ideas

What quietly began as National Secretaries Week® in 1952 has transformed over the years into the more inclusive Administrative Professionals Week® to become one of the largest workplace observances around the world spanning nearly every industry.

It's time to show your appreciation and celebrate those that keep the office running smoothly. Administrative Professions are the glue that keep everything together. Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day encourages managers of all levels to support and reward their admins, and to show their appreciation! Successories has a variety of exclusive high quality Adminastrative Professional Gifts to show your appreciation!

The goal of Administrative Professionals Day is to recognize and celebrate people who are secretaries, Administrative assistants, and any other office professionals. These people perform a variety of functions and are a contributor to an organization's success. This article provides information about this day and its importance to people who perform office support positions in today's workforce.

To make the most of this important recognition opportunity, the International Association of Administrative Professionals recommends marking the occasion with meaning. "While gifts of candy and flowers are appreciated, surveys of administrative professionals have shown that they prefer professionally oriented observances," said Sandra P. Chandler, International President of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, the organization that created this yearly event.

Recognize the significant role your support staff plays in your organization's success or provide opportunities for professional learning and growth throughout Administrative Professionals Week with these helpful ideas.

• Hold a company-wide observance or special event for administrative staff. For maximum impact, couple a presentation by an educational speaker with group recognition from the chief executive. Consider closing the event by presenting each administrator with a small appreciation gift. A picture frame, pen holder or other desktop accessory featuring a motivational message is a fitting choice.

• Provide registration for a professional development seminar designed to build each individual's technical, interpersonal or business skills. To generate excitement around the program and reinforce your commitment to ongoing education, offer each registrant a padfolio for use at the seminar.

• Establish an on-site library stocked with relevant self-study materials. To keep current, be sure to include magazine's like the IAAP's OfficePro and other publications targeted specifically toward administrative professionals. For practical business knowledge and instant inspiration, Successories' Power of One series features an affordable selection of quick-read business handbooks that can help you fill your shelves quickly and effectively.

• Support membership in appropriate professional associations. Look for organizations that offer educational workshops addressing up-to-the-minute topics such as office technology trends, career development planning, effective communication and more.

• Encourage continuing education with the ultimate goal of professional certification. While tuition reimbursement is the optimal approach, simple verbal reinforcement of the importance of ongoing education is an important tool for empowering your staff to take ownership of their professional development.

• Commit to delegating responsibilities that better utilize the particular skills of each member of your support staff. By putting their individual talents to use, each person gains confidence while contributing more significantly to the success of the company. Keep instant recognition items like lapel pins and medallions on hand to offer on-the-spot appreciation of their contributions.

• Make sure the gifts you select have both professional and personal meaning. Office accessories such as engraved desk clocks, desktop nameplatesand personalized business cards reinforce your support of their professional development and let them know you appreciate their unique talents and contributions.

Finally, don't forget that Administrative Professionals Week isn't the only time of year you should show your appreciation to your support staff. Be sure to offer a sincere "thank you" for every job well done and send them an encouraging business card with a personal note to acknowledge important milestones, special occasions and above-and-beyond efforts.

National Secretaries Week®, Administrative Professionals Week® and Administrative Professionals Day® are registered trademarks of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

About Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day

The president of The National Secretaries Association, which is now The IAAP, was Many Barrett. She and C. King Woodbridge, who was president of The Dictaphone Corporation, were on a council that was tasked with finding a solution to not having the necessary skilled office workers available.

They came up with a solution with the help of a third person named Harry Klemfuss and that was a campaign for a national secretaries week.

The first National Secretaries Week occurred in 1952 from June 1 to June 7 and was proclaimed so by Charles Sawyer who was The U.S. Secretary of Commerce back then. Wednesday June 4 was chosen as the designated day for National Secretaries Day.

The National Secretaries Association decided to make a change to the observation date of National Secretaries Week and they changed it to April. National Secretaries Day was to be observed on Wednesday of the last week of the month.

The changing nature of the workforce was the reason National Secretaries Association became Professional Secretaries International or PSI back in 1981. This also was the reason National Secretaries Day was changed to Professional Secretaries Week.

PSI decided to change their name in 1998 to the International Association of Administrative Professionals as this was a reflection of expanding roles of office staff. The IAAP announced Professional Secretaries Day was being changed to Administrative Professionals Day in 2000. This was needed to address the structure of administrative staff and responsibilities of office staff in an organization.

When is Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day?

Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day is always the Wednesday of the last full week of April. The last full week of April is known as Administrative Professionals Week.

It's time to show your appreciation and celebrate those that keep the office running smoothly. Administrative Professions are the glue that keep everything together. Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day encourages managers of all levels to support and reward their admins, and to show their appreciation! Successories has a variety of exclusive high quality Adminastrative Professional Gifts to show your appreciation!

When is Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week?

Administrative Professionals Week is always held annually during the last full week in April. Administrative Professionals Day is always held on the Wednesday of that week.

Administrative Professionals Week was founded 1952 as "National Secretaries Week" by the then National Secretaries Association. The goal of Amdinistrative Professionals Day was to recognize secretaries for their contributions in the workplace. The idea began with Mary Barrett, president of the National Secretaries Association, now called the International Association of Administrative Professionals, and C. King Woodbridge, president of Dictaphone Corporation. Serving on a council addressing a national shortage of skilled office workers, together with Harry Klemfuss, public relations account executive at Young & Rubicam, believed that a National Secretaries Week would attract individuals to careers in the adminstrative field while recognizing "the secretary, upon whose skills, loyalty, and efficiency the functions of business and government offices depend."

Administrative Professionals Week is always held annually during the last full week in April. Administrative Professionals Day is always held on the Wednesday of that week. The week that was designated as Administrative Professionals Week was once called National Secretaries Week by The IAAP or The International Association of Administrative Professionals. There were also a variety of office product manufactures that were involved in the initial organization back In 1952.

Administrative Professionals Week is observed the last full week of April. Wednesday is when Administrative Professionals Day is celebrated. There are over 4 million people who work in secretarial or administrative assistant positions in the United States. Most people who work in these positions are appreciated by receiving flowers, being taken out to lunch, or given gifts from members of management.

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  • Administrative Professionals Week
  • 2018: April 22-28
  • 2019: April 21-27
  • 2020: April 19-25
  • 2021: April 24-30

  • Administrative Professionals Day
  • 2018: April 25
  • 2019: April 24
  • 2020: April 22
  • 2021: April 27
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