You’re calling up a company, on your lunch, with two other projects in front of you, and the first words you hear in the phone are from an automated voice. It’s the worst. Most of us, before that robotic man or woman has even begun to list of the options to dial, have pressed ZERO a half dozen times. Get me to the operator. The secretary. The administrative assistant. THEY can help. And they do. With everything. And as a former administrative assistant myself, I can tell you, it’s a largely thankless job.
Administrative assistants wear every hat in the company at some point. They’re the gateway to your organization, the first point of contact, and you know what they say about first impressions! They’re often putting out fires, making connections between departments, keeping track of everyone’s schedules, and generally keeping the entire office machine running without a hitch. If they don’t deserve an appreciation day, nobody does! Thankfully, they do have a day, and it’s next Wednesday the 23rd of April.
Again, speaking from experience, I can tell you that a heartfelt “thank you” can go a long way. But little tokens of appreciation don’t hurt either, like cards, gift certificates, or recognition pins. There are tons of choices out there to make your gift as personalized as you like, with recognition pins for every different quality that administrative professional excel at.