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Admin's Day 2017

Posted by Suzie Canale on Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Wednesday April 26th is Administrative Professionals Day, formerly known as Secretary’s Day.  On this occasion, it is customary to pay respect to assistants and other personnel who aid in everyday tasks and responsibilities within business and all other organizations.  Although it’s upon good advice to recognize these special employees throughout the year, Administrative Professionals Day is a date where an appropriate gesture should be made in “thanks” for their dedication and support.  Not only will some Boston companies be planning special gifts and luncheons for those who fall within this category, but countries such as the Netherlands, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Hong Kong will also be joining in the festivities as they too observe this holiday.

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If you’re wondering the history behind Administrative Professionals Day, it’s really quite interesting… During World War II, the military found a shortage of skilled administrative staff to help organize and run specific divisions.  In order to attract new personnel to the field, The National Secretaries Association was founded in 1942 to help promote the importance of more workers learning the trade.  As the organization grew, the facilitators found it important to change the name in 1981 to Professional Secretaries International in order to create a firmer presence and a stronger seriousness across all industries.  The name changed once more in the year 2000 to what we now refer to as “Administrative Professional Day” where we celebrate April 26th as well as the entire week.  The period was elongated to free up space within restaurants so that all employees who qualify can be taken out to eat by their employers.


If you have a special assistant in mind that needs their own pat on the back, here are some ideas to properly show how much you appreciate them.  


Lunch Out!

Take him or her to a great local restaurant and let them load up on their favorite foods!  There’s no shortage of great cafes, bistros and eateries in Bean Town so plan a special luncheon just right for your staff members.


Massage Anyone?

I bet you didn’t know this but there are several massage therapists willing to visit your office for personal appointments right there at work!  Let them roll out the stress of your employees during their workweek and feel relaxed after a half hour session.


FLOWERS are a NO BRAINER

Don’t be a cheap skate by forgetting to do even the simplest gesture for your hardworking assistant and buy them a bunch of mixed spring flowers!  Have them delivered to make them feel special by showcasing pretty blossoms on their desk!

Tags: Secretary's Day, Administrative Professional's Day, April

Secretary's Day Flowers - #APW

Posted by Suzie Canale on Tue, Apr 21, 2015

If you are lucky to have an assistant to help you within your career, than you understand how important it is to say “thank you” for everything that they do.  That opportunity will be coming soon as Administrative Assistant’s Day is closing in on April 22nd.   There is a wide array of gifting options available to Boston’s finest working professionals such as gift cards, lunch at their favorite restaurant or even tickets to sporting events.  These are all great ideas but flowers still hit the number one choice as the preferred gesture for office employees.  Why do you ask?  It’s because flowers do not discriminate between age, sex or location demographic.  Flowers are universally appreciated and recognized as a symbol of positive energy from one source to another.  Forget trying to decipher your administrative assistant’s likes or dislikes.  Simply call your local florist and order a springtime bouquet that mirrors your appreciation for all of their work efforts.  Here are the most requested floral pieces by Boston professionals for this special and well-deserved holiday.

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For the Go Getter

The “Go-Getter” is a special employee that knows no boundaries when it comes to getting the job done.  Personality wise, they have no limits when completing a task and although they might break a few rules getting there, all in all, this person is an asset to your workplace and should be rewarded as such.  Flowers for this employee should be wild and unfettered in architecture holding a delicate but contemporary feel.  Stems that weave in and out like the poppy or sweet pea make excellent compliments for this type of man or woman.  Stay away from complicated designs incorporating many blooms.  Stick to one or two varieties to properly mirror this professional’s style and attitude.

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For the Problem Fixer

This is a worker that you want to make sure you exceed regular floral expectations because we all know, they certainly do!  Where would you be without their quick wit and exceptional problem solving skills that arise in every type of business and organization?  Reward this person with a vase saturated with glorious color reflecting a well-organized puzzle.   Think hyacinth mixed with tulips and roses or gerbera daisies fixated with anemones and ranunculus.  Whatever you select, make sure that it exudes this workers skills because boy you certainly need them!

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For the Team Player

This employee is willing to show up early and stay late.  They’re willing to hand over the recognition for project ideas as well as cover another colleague’s mistakes.  This guy or gal is the threadwork that keeps your team running so you’re going to want to reflect that by presenting a bouquet equally as important as they are.  Tall stems of delphinium, sunflowers and Bells of Ireland are great choices as well as garden roses, forsythias and cymbidium orchids.  You’re going to want to stick with clean lines in vases that are clear so as not to take away from the dynamics of the creation.  This person’s a gem so be sure their flowers are as impressive as they are!

Suzie Canale

Westwood, MA 

Tags: Secretary's Day, Administrative Professional's Day, APW

Top Card Messages for Administrative Professionals Week

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Apr 16, 2015

secretaries gift bostonWhether you call it Secretary's Day, Administrative Assistant's Day or Administrative Professional's Day, Boston bosses are usually befuddled regarding what to order for the holiday. Naturally flowers are the best choice and even scientifically proven to increase production at work.

Boston bosses often find themselves at a loss for the card message for their admin. 

Here are some of the top card messages that the staff at Exotic Flowers in Boston has run across for the holiday.

Administrative assistant gift in Boston"They say a combined effort can break down the wall of impossibility. Thanks for helping break down the walls !"

"Dedication is the fuel for progress and growth. Thank you for your dedication."

"Someone once said that ingenuity plus work equals miracles. Thank you for all the miracles you perform every day."

Secretaries is not just for admins. Do you have a house manager or personal assistant that make your day better ? From the nanny in Newton to the home health aid in Arlington... show them your appreciation with flowers.

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Tags: Secretary's Day, Administrative Professional's Day, Card Messages, APW

Top Card Messages for Administrative Professional's Week

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Apr 22, 2014

secretaries gift bostonWhether you call it Secretary's Day, Administrative Assistant's Day or Administrative Professional's Day, Boston bosses are usually befuddled regarding what to order for the holiday. Naturally flowers are the best choice and even scientifically proven to increase production at work.

Boston bosses often find themselves at a loss for the card message for their admin. 

Here are some of the top card messages that the staff at Exotic Flowers in Boston has run across for the holiday.

Administrative assistant gift in Boston"They say a combined effort can break down the wall of impossibility. Thanks for helping break down the walls !"

"Dedication is the fuel for progress and growth. Thank you for your dedication."

"Someone once said that ingenuity plus work equals miracles. Thank you for all the miracles you perform every day."

Secretaries is not just for admins. Do you have a house manager or personal assistant that make your day better ? From the nanny in Newton to the home health aid in Arlington... show them your appreciation with flowers.

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Tags: Secretary's Day, Administrative Professional's Day, Card Messages

Tips for Busy Bosses for Secretary's Day via aboutflowers.com

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Apr 09, 2013

Through Exotic Flowers of Boston and www.exoticflowers.com partnership with the Society of American Florists and www.aboutflowers.com; we are honored to share this post in its entirety from www.aboutflowers.com

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Flower Holidays, Occasions & Parties - Administrative Professionals Week Flowers

Administrative Professionals WeekA simple "Thank You" can go a long way to motivate employees and build loyalty. Administrative Professionals Week (APW) offers an ideal opportunity to show appreciation - and formally reinforce the value of an employee's contributions. The Society of American Florists offers this simple guide to help smart managers put the benefits of proper office etiquette to work during APW and year-round.

  • Use APW to find out what motivates your staff. Conduct a formal or informal survey asking support staffers what kinds of incentives they value most. This will show your commitment and give you hints on what forms of appreciation they would enjoy during APW.
  • Be open and direct. If you're not sure whether the members of your support staff want to be recognized during APW, just ask them.
  • Include everyone on your team. Make APW a time to thank all of your support staff - from secretaries to assistants to junior managers - for their contributions.
  • Make "thank yous" personal. Whether you're buying a gift or making lunch reservations, think about the individual. For example, if you're ordering flowers, ask your florist to create an arrangement that fits the recipient's personality. Is that person traditional? Outdoorsy? Dramatic?
  • Be specific. Tell the members of your support staff exactly what they did that you appreciate.
  • Treat APW like a New Year's resolution. Resolve to practice better office etiquette year-round to build your team's confidence and cohesion. Whether it's celebrated with a gift, flowers, or a group luncheon, APW is an opportunity to formally acknowledge the members of your support staff for their contributions throughout the year and wipe the slate clean of any forgotten thank yous.

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Be sure to order early as Professional Secretary's Day is one of the busiest floral delivery days in Boston.

Do not worry too much about using the term secretary. If the Secretary of Defense does not a have a problem with it, your admin. should not either.

Tags: Secretary's Day, Administrative Professional's Day, Boston Flower Delivery

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