Administrative Professionals Week is a time to recognize support staff for their accomplishments and contributions to corporate success. But, how do you choose the right way to show your appreciation?
Research from Texas A&M University reveals one gift of appreciation in particular that will naturally lift an employee's mood, create a lasting memory and boost productivity.
The research demonstrates that flowers and plants actually enhance people's ability to generate ideas and solve problems.
"Our study shows that adding flowers and plantsto a work environment can be very meaningful to businesses in the modern economy," said Roger Ulrich, Ph.D., lead Texas A&M researcher. "People's productivity, innovation and creative problem solving, improved - which in certain circumstances could mean the difference between mild and great business success."
Rebecca Cole, author of Flower Power and host of Discovery Channel's Surprise by Design, offers an additional perspective. "Giving flowers is a loud, proud, sophisticated way of saying 'I appreciate all you do.' They're a great way to build a strong, lasting professional relationship," said Cole.
Busy Bosses Agree
A simple "Thank You" can go a long way to motivate employees and build loyalty. Administrative Professionals Week offers an ideal opportunity to show appreciation - and formally reinforce the value of an employee's contributions.
Here is a guide to put the benefits of proper office etiquette to work during Administrative Professional's Week.
Include everyone on your team.
Take time to thank all of your support staff -- from secretaries and assistants to junior managers.
Make it personal.
Whether you're buying a gift or making lunch reservations, think about the individual. For example, if you're ordering flowers, Choose an arrangement that fits the recipient's personality. Is that person traditional? Outdoorsy? Dramatic?
Tell the members of your support staff exactly what they did that you appreciate.
Do it year round.
Build your team's confidence and cohesion by remembering them after Secretaries Day, too. Whether it's an occasional gift, birthday flowers, a group luncheon, or simply a hearty thanks for a job well done, little things mean a lot. You'll increase morale and reinforce positive behavior when you simply recognize your staff members & associates a little more often.
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