Everyone loves a “pat on the back” or a “high five” for a job well done, and it’s no secret that a simple “thank you” can go a long way. Smart managers know Administrative Professionals Week, also known as Professional Secretaries Week, is a time to recognize office professionals for their accomplishments and contributions.

Be the boss who says “thank you” during Administrative Professionals Week, April 21–27, 2013. Giving flowers is a sophisticated way of saying ‘I appreciate all you do,” and science proves it’s good for business. Research from Texas A&M University reveals that flowers and plants lift an employee’s mood, create a lasting memory and boost productivity.

Live ColorfullyNot sure which flowers to send? Here is a list of my top five floral gifts for Administrative Professionals Week:Everyday

Ask your florist to design a mixed floral arrangement of reds, rich oranges and fuchsias. This color combination inspires and energizes, encouraging staff to reach for the stars. Another color combination is bright oranges and lime greens. Those colors together are contemporary, generate energy and excitement, and are perfect for showing thanks and appreciation.

Surprise them with their favorite flower or plant. If you don’t know their favorite, ask your florist for the flower of the month, which in April is daisies. Daisies can brighten anyone’s day.

Orchid  - Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCIOrchids are a great gift for men and women. They come in all shapes and sizes. I recommend classic white orchids for suit and tie guys, and tri-colored orchids for artsy ladies.

Succulents are trendy, liven up any office space, and are easy to care for.Succulent Plants and Wheat Grass - Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Ark.

Your local florist can also put together a gourmet gift basket full of their favorite snacks, fruit, or even wine (to be enjoyed after work, of course!).

How are you celebrating Administrative Professionals Week?