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For small businesses, celebrating Administrative Professionals Day, or Secretaries Day, as it is used to be called, may seem like a needless expenditure. However, when it comes to keeping morale high, small gestures can go a long way.
And on the Wednesday of the last full week of April, every year, you have the opportunity to show your admins that you appreciate them and boost staff morale. So if you don’t want to break the bank appreciating your staff, below, you can read about some cost effective ways to celebrate the administrative professionals that keep your business up and running.
Employee Appreciation Events
Paying your employees to celebrate may seem like a sunk cost that you’ll never get back. But, in reality, giving staff time to socialize and blow off some steam can actually result in better productivity. Not surprisingly, happier employers are more productive workers.
Call It a Day an Hour or Four Early
Though losing out on an hour, or half-day, of productivity will always hurt, showing your admin that you care enough to give them at least an hour off is very likely to boost morale.
Despite the saying going “There’s no free lunch,” on Administrative Professionals Day, that saying is just wrong. Unless your small business is a restaurant (or even if it is), providing lunch on Administrative Professionals Day is an easy way to show that you do care, especially if you don’t ask your admin to order it.
Though you might want to avoid handing over some freshly wadded up bills, you should definitely consider giving gift cards or pre-paid cash cards or even checks. You don’t have to go overboard, and a simple $10 gift card to Starbucks will likely be much more appreciated than nothing at all.
Legal Protip: if you do plan on giving employees a cash (or money) gift, you may want to check with your accountant as the gift may qualify as taxable income, and you may need to do tax withholdings.