One of my favorite TV shows is NBC’s The Office. It’s hard to believe April 28 is Steve Carrell’s final episode. This milestone event of Scranton Branch Manager Michael Scott (Carrell) leaving Dunder Mifflin, Inc., coincides with one of the country’s largest workplace observances.

Office Flowers & PlantsAdministrative Professionals Week is April 24-30, and Administrative Professionals Day is Wednesday, April 27. The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), the organization sponsoring the observance, recommends: “For Administrative Professionals Day 2011, we’re veering away from the traditional celebration of the day which is centered on administrative professionals. The recession has hit everyone in the office. Downsizing has forced all of us to pull together and work harder, not just the administrative professionals in the workplace. IAAP recognizes the hard work and sacrifice from everyone. This year, celebrate all office professionals.”

It’s important to express gratitude, especially to the people you work with each and every single day, such as the assistant who screens your calls and keeps you on schedule, the office manager who orders your coffee and supplies, the IT guy who configures your computer and restocks toner, and the staffer who cleans out the fridge and is always willing to pitch in and work late.Vitamin F:  Inspiration and Motivation

Flowers are a meaningful gift, even in the workplace. 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 and maintain good morale.

Flowers and plants are more than mere embellishments. A Texas A&M University study shows that people whose workplace environments include flowers and plants demonstrate more creativity and generate better ideas. The researchers credit the benefits to the boost in moods that flowers and plants inspire.

Thank a co-worker who has been supportive throughout the year with a bunch of multi-colored tulips or other flowers that will brighten up the traditionally drab neutral office walls. Flowers in shades of red convey motivation, courage and power. An up-shooting floral arrangement in rich orange and fuchsia exudes positivity. A dish garden, a collection of blooming and green plants, brings the beauty and serenity of nature indoors. If you’re not sure what to send, ask your florist for recommendations.

DishgardenIf you’re unsure how to commemorate Administrative Professionals Week, check out our tips and suggested card messages on

The Office recognized the observance last year in its sixth season, 22nd episode, Andy (Ed Helms) tells the camera: “It’s Secretary’s Day. And, it is Erin and mine’s three-week anniversary. So, perfect storm! For a romantic gesture. Wanted the whole office to remember it’s Secretary’s Day. I sent an email blast, a text blast. A good old-fashioned talk blast. I sent a snail mail blast a week ago. And, a stern reminder via fax at seven o’clock this morning. So people better step up. And appreciate the … out of Erin. I do.” Andy even meets with Michael to advise him on how recognize Erin (Ellie Kemper). Here, you can watch a clip from The Office’s “Secretary’s Day” episode.

Maybe this year Andy will send Michael a memo about recognizing all office professionals. Wouldn’t that be fun for one of Carell’s last two appearances on April 21 or April 28.

How does your office celebrate Administrative Professionals Week? Have you ever received flowers?

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