Having worked in a variety of offices, I have always highly respected and been aware of the "go-to" person for guidance in completing important office functions, help in operating the "heavy machinery" and to get me out of sticky situations. If you need someone to rely on it will often be the Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, Secretary, Front Desk Person, Receptionist, Switchboard Operator or Administrative Professional. These individuals keep our offices running efficiently, maintain the records, keep us out of trouble and head off complications before they blow up and destroy our days. Often they are not given the high praise that they so deserve - thus the need to remind all of us to take time out to do so on Administrative Professionals Day.
Gratitude, recognition and acknowledgment...do not have to take a lot of time or money. Consider taking your Administrative Professional out for a special lunch, give a gift certificate for a special day of relaxation or present them with a wonderful gift containing special treats. Make each gift personal and as if you put thought into the recipient's likes. The thoughtfulness shown on this special day towards your administrative Professional will go a long way and can be the beginning of your continued showing of gratitude throughout the year.