Mega Raffle: Celebrating Admin Day 2020 Together from Afar

2020 Admin Week - Mega Raffle

Thank You for Celebrating With Us!

On National Admin Day (April 22, 2020), OfficeNinjas partnered with some of our favorite admin-supporting companies to give away 35+ prizes in a Mega Raffle just for executive assistants, office managers, admin pros, and workplace operators (aka Office Ninjas). See the complete winner’s list here.

Thousands of Ninjas from 49 states celebrated together online, shrinking the physical distance through a variety of entry activities that fostered enthusiastic connection, thoughtful reflection, mutual appreciation, and kind support — and, of course, pure joy and celebration.

Want to instantly improve your day? Read the comments below to see stories shared by admin community members of a time they received unexpected kindness and how they paid it forward.

Admin Day Mega Raffle

If this isn’t your first rodeo, then you know that legendary giveaways are a fun part of our Admin Week celebrations (six years going strong!). But this year’s Admin Day Mega Raffle is a brand new pony.

On Wednesday, April 22 (National Admin Day), we’re raffling off 35+ prizes including luxury eats, self-care wellness packages, and high-tech WFH essentials. While coronavirus threw us for a loop this year, our trusted vendors continued to deliver by contributing indulgent prizes all for YOU. (Not your company; we forbid you to share!)

365 days a year, our mission is to ensure Ninjas have every opportunity to lead a valued and fulfilling professional life. For this Admin Week celebration, we decided to focus on one specific opportunity — the opportunity to experience unapologetic joyful revelry.

So, saddle up and prepare to bask in your glory all week long as we shower you with love, global recognition — and many indulgent prizes.

Mega Raffle Prizes

Our trusted vendor partners dedicatedly serve admins and their workplaces all year round — they wanted to show some love on Admin Week, too! Their generosity and support keeps Mega Raffle entry fun and FREE. Here’s a glimpse of what you can win:

  • Luxe Self-Care Gift Set ($70 value): Yuzu Soap’s natural bath and body products are handcrafted in small batches from premium ingredients, making them a self-care necessity.
  • WFH Tech Success Kit ($245 value): Moshi, maker of thoughtfully engineered tech accessories, is here to help you upgrade your home office experience.
  • Garmin Smartwatch ($250 value): Bevi, our favorite workplace hydration solution, wants to help you prioritize your wellness with countless smart features at your fingertips.
  • Nonstick 15-Piece Bakeware Set ($387 value): Williams Sonoma, your go-to source for kitchen essentials, is gifting a lucky Ninja their signature baking set.

View the complete lineup of the 35+ exciting prizes up for grabs!

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Schedule Breakdown

Exclusively for the OfficeNinjas community, we’re raffling off 35+ prizes on Admin Day (and throwing in a few bonus giveaways throughout the week!). Thanks to our trusted partners, it’s completely free for Ninjas to enter.

  • Mon, April 20 | Mega Raffle Entry Opens
    Entry begins at 5am PT and continues throughout the day.
  • Tue, April 21 | Mega Raffle Entry Continues
    We’ll share plenty of new ways to increase your chances to win.
  • Wed, April 22 | Mega Raffle Final Entry + Drawing
    Mega Raffle prizes are awarded in 5 rounds of drawings at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm PT. We’re accepting entries until the last prize is awarded, so don’t miss out!
  • Thu, April 23 | Second Chance Raffle
    Not a Mega Raffle winner? Don’t worry — you can still win. We’re giving away one new prize at 5pm PT, with extra ways to increase your chances.
  • Fri, April 24 | End of Admin Week Giveaway
    We’re commemorating the close of Admin Week with a final Giveaway at 5pm PT. Plus, more ways to increase your chances.

How to Enter

Mega Raffle and Bonus Giveaways!

First things first, OfficeNinjas’ Raffles and Giveaways are only open to executive assistants, office managers, administrative professionals, and workplace operators (aka Office Ninjas) living in the US or Canada. We double and triple check! Follow these three steps to increase your chances of winning:

  1. Subscribe to OfficeNinjas.
    Sign up for updates, and each day of Admin Week, you’ll get an email alert informing you of new entry opportunities for increasing your chances of winning.
  2. Complete the Official Entry Form (and daily bonus entries).
    In your first entry, we’ll ask for your basic contact information (name, email, title, etc). Increase your chances of winning by returning to this page daily to complete new and easy entry activities.
  3. Visit our Mega Raffle webpage to see if you’re one of 35+ lucky winners!
    On April 22, Mega Raffle prizes will be awarded in 5 rounds of drawings at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm PT. On April 23, our Second Chance Raffle prize will be awarded at 5pm PT. And on April 24, the End of Admin Week Giveaway prize will be awarded at 5pm PT.

Official Entry Form

Use the widget below to submit your entries each day. You must use the same company email address for every entry. And before you’re off to the races — share with the community your answer to this question in the comments section below:

What’s something unexpectedly nice someone (a fellow Ninja, colleague, or manager) has done for you recently? How have you (or plan to) pay it forward?

Responses

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  1. I was in a major pinch one day with multiple projects and requests. A fellow EA took in the task of ordering lunches for a meeting I had later that day so that I could focus on my other projects. It meant a lot that she was concerned and her taking on that small task meant a lot.

  2. Working remotely definitely has its challenges! I go to the office twice a week now for minimal basic operations that I can’t complete at home. Someone left me my favorite snack on my desk! Yum! Going to pass it forward and do the same for another co-worker and include a note of cheer!

  3. One of my co-worked left me a very welcomed cup of coffee from my favorite shop.

  4. Happy Admins week! We area a great community and I am thrilled to be part of it!

  5. I love having such amazing peers, colleagues, associates, fello Office Ninjas! Thanks are not enough for making this an amazing week. I celebrate each and every one of you.

  6. YAY for NINJAS!!!

  7. Way to go, Ninjas!

  8. Admins ROCK!!

  9. Ladies – who rules the world?
    Administrative Professionals do!

  10. Happy Admin week all, you all rockstars!

  11. Thank you, OfficeNinjas!

  12. Happy Administrative Professionals Week Ninja! You are all “AWESOME”!

  13. My team acknowledged me with an internal company program recognition award for all that I do for them. I’m always processing everyone else’s award nominations and it felt really good to be recognized for all that I do.

  14. Happy Admin Week fellow Ninjas!! We Rock!!!

  15. A fellow ninja sent an email to let me know that I inspire her and the she would like to shadow me. That inspired me so much!

  16. One of my VPs wished me a Happy Admin Day and promised she’d take me out to lunch when we get the all-clear. She’s the best. The rest all forgot, but I know I’m special and appreciated :D

  17. This week I was introduced to kudos boards. This was one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve received EVER. So excited to work with a team that can uplift and recognize each other!

  18. My executives sent me a message of appreciation and how they miss me, not only my work, but my energy and smile. It meant a lot that during this quarantine a part of me is with them in spirit. I can’t wait to get back to work!

  19. Happy Admin Week Ninjas! You deserve to be celebrated every week of the year!

  20. Happy Ninja week and thank you for the inspiration!!!

  21. Even during the shutdown my managers circulated a virtual card for admin prof day and presented me with a gift card

  22. Shari’s Berries with a sentimental note attached

  23. Let’s party big time and karate chop like Bruce Lee next year Office Ninjas! 😃

  24. Wishing all of you a happy Admin Week!!

  25. Thank you for a fun filled week! LOVE OfficeNinjas!

  26. Nothing unexpected has happened lately, but my birthday is next week and I know that my Admin Sisters have my back like I have theirs. I am sending one of my Admin Sisters a gift card for her travels to her new job in California in two weeks. I am so grateful to have them in my life.

  27. Thank you for the amazing inspiring stories of the all star winners this week.

  28. Loving all the positive vibes, inspriational stories, and of course the chance to win some truly awe inspiring giveaways through this fantastic group of badness! I am on this page nearly everything throughout the year and there is always something fresh, something to lift your spirits, something to challenge your viewpoint, and something to make you laugh! It’s EVERYTHING!
    Thank you for all you do, Ninja Oz’s!

  29. I’m very fortunate to have such a supportive manager who is always so encouraging and provides me with great input, feedback, words of praise and is also very pro-active. I appreciate his sincerity and how he can see that I want to be there to help him shine and as a result, it makes me shine. Thank you Frank Davis for all that you do!

  30. Happy Admin week to all you awesome Ninjas! Miss seeing you this year but hope all are safe and happy!

    Thank you Office Ninjas for keeping our celebrations alive and appreciated 🥳🙏🏻

  31. A “thanks” goes a long way! When a colleague or manager reaches out to thank me for the work I’ve been doing it really makes me feel great. It’s important to tell people that you appreciate them especially during this time!

  32. What a wonderful virtual admin week.

  33. Happy Admin Week!!

  34. Happy Admin Week!

  35. Hope everyone had a APW!!!

  36. Happy Administrative Professionals Week! Focusing on the future!

  37. Over the many years I’ve been with my boss he has made and given me several pottery pieces. Wednesday he gave me a beautiful round platter. LOVE every piece. Also received an Amazon gift card from his family. Very generous.

  38. For admin appreciation day, my director sent me an email with extremely kind words of appreciation AND he sent me an Amazon Gift Card. It was very unexpected! With the gift card I purchased some needed crochet needles and some yarn, and I plan to crochet a scarf and hat for him as a thank you gift. I’m also planning to crochet some mask backers to relieve the pain of the bands behind the ears.

  39. My boss sent me a gift card to GrubHub to order myself and my son lunch for my Birthday while we’ve been in the work from home situation. It was a great surprise!

  40. Recently my office mates banded together to help me complete a last minute report. They did not have to help, but we are a team and wanted to make sure that one person wasn’t overwhelmed. It was a nice gesture and solidified even more our team dynamic. I will continue to help others in our school, even if they don’t expect it. My team has taught me that we are all in this together.

  41. It’s been an amazing week. Thank you OfficeNinjas.

  42. Thank you.

  43. True inspirations!

  44. I hope that I am not too late to enter, but thank you for putting on this raffle all week long.

  45. Great stories! Thank you for sharing!

  46. Wishing each of you a wonderful Administrative Professionals Week!

  47. Such inspiring stories. Thanks for sharing.

  48. One of my account managers (works in a different office) randomly sent me a small gift in appreciation for always helping her out. :)

  49. So nice that you had a positive role model

  50. Great week. Lots of inspiring stories.

  51. Wow, what an incredible week!

  52. Happy Administrative Professionals Week!

  53. Recently my boss bought me lunch, for no special anything, just because. It was thoughtful and a very nice surprise. I’ll do the same for a fellow ninja when I get back to working in the office.

  54. Yesterday for Admin Prof Day I received a lovely plant and 2 flower arrangements AND gift cards for Amazon…they really are my day. I plan to pay-it-forward by doing something nice for my admin coworkers

  55. Please be safe and stay healthy. We will get through this soon! Happy Admin Week!

  56. I recently received an unexpected bonus for my help with an acquisition. It was so unexpected and greatly appreciated!! I have used some of for donations & helping others due to the Covid-19 situation.

  57. I received a lovely note of appreciation for still having my door open and being available by phone, zoom or chat during this new era of remote work and social distancing. I plan to send out hand written thank you notes by US mail and set up a few raffles of e-gift cards for our weekly team meeting.

  58. My company has an internal site that allows team members to send e-cards to recognize special occasions, milestones and just plain KUDOS. I received several on Admin Day. and in return sent several out to my fellow Admin partners.

  59. Happy Admin Professional Week!

  60. I think aside from thanking my cohorts, it’s really important to call out their mentorship and ways in which they’ve enriched my career. Often the natural leaders among us do not realize their impact on fellow administrative professionals.

  61. My peer Ninja, Lorraine, works in the same building as I do who has become an amazing mentor and friend over the past few years. We talk about development opportunities and our love for all things Admin! Work is a better place with her in it.

  62. Everyone stay safe!!

  63. I aim to always spread kindness because it shouldn’t be limited to our co-workers and peers – although not an administrative professional, I left a sweet treat and a thank you card in my porch for my UPS delivery driver – the note the next day was “thank you, your words meant a lot”

  64. It is great to follow your passion

  65. No recognition from anyone at my work that Nat’l Admin Day was any other day. I was feeling kind of blue that no one acknowledged this day, and then a thoughtful OfficeNinja sent me a Happy Email. Any One person can brighten someone day.

    1. I’m sorry to hear you weren’t recognized. It’s easy for our managers to be caught up in business priorities and forget our special day. Glad to hear Officeninjas made it a little special for you!

  66. Way to go Nija, up up and away!

  67. Yesterday was really nice. Wasn’t expecting to be recognized because of the pandemic. Arrived back home from going to pick-up lunch because I’m working from home. When my husband and I walked up to the porch, a vase of roses and a box of goodies were waiting for me. Wow!!!! Really blew me away.

  68. I received an email from my supervisor thanking me for my work and assistance. I know my team appreciates me, but it is nice to hear. Later in the day, they surprised me with lunch.

  69. Our admin team received several emails thanking us for our hard work and realizing that we do in fact make their lives easier at work! Or we at least try!

  70. For Admin Professionals Day, my boss conspired with my husband to find out what items I might need to add to my baking collection (I’ve recently taken up baking and decorating cookies). Such a fun, personal gesture! Now, I’m looking forward to baking cookies for my co-workers once we can get together again.

  71. It’s so refreshing to hear that her boss had confidence in her and builds her up through feedback and let’s her make decisions. That’s a great mentor and everyone needs one of those. Kudos!

  72. A generous colleague offered to care for my cat while I am away the next few days attending to a family emergency. To give back, I’m volunteering to deliver groceries to vulnerable populations that cannot leave quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  73. than k you, I am a career EA and it’s good to hear that others regard this as a career.

  74. Yesterdays AP day, my team organized a come and go salad luncheon and one of my coworkers son painted a really cute portrait of me at my desk.

  75. I had organized a virtual Happy Hour with games. Everyone was so excited to participate and see each other and give updates on their lives – including a baby on the way!

  76. A fellow assistant sent me a card in the mail with a little pampering gift. I plan to make a basket of sunshine for someone having a rough week.

  77. As one of our lunch menu items we have at work is grilled cheese, I longed to have tomato soup to compliment the sandwich, but soup isn’t currently offered. Thinking I could buy soup when I was grocery shopping and bring it to work for my lunch did not end in success. As whenever I went to local grocery stores tomato soup wasn’t to be found. This morning, my coworker suprised me with a gift of classic tomato sipping soup! Yes, I did a happy dance! :) Kindness comes in many forms. Last night I surprised a friend by attending her Zoom Zumba class. Even though I was tired, I wanted to support her and she was thrilled that I surprised her.

  78. During this pandemic, I’ve been helping 12 colleagues across Georgia telework and continue the Georgia Conservancy’s work for a state where people and the environment thrive.

  79. Clients have been very understanding and supportive at this time. I have more time on my hands and can do more projects! The clients are providing more work for me. It is amazing!

  80. One of the teams I support surprised me with a group ecard and it really touched me to be recognized and receive the heartfelt messages they wrote. Will continue to pay it forward with a helpful attitude and service.

  81. My senior leadership sent flowers to my home yesterday since we have all be working at home. I love that they still remembered our special day!

  82. I too would go to the office with my Mom (and my Grandma sometimes in the summer) and started learning how to file and AP/AR. It made me feel important at the time. Grandma and I played a lot of Scrabble as well. Great memories!

  83. I received a couple thank you emails/slack messages and even a couple gift cards. It is great to feel appreciated while working from home!!

  84. My boss surprised me yesterday with a BEAUTIFUL flower arrangement that I’ve been wanting. To pay it forward I am sending something special to staff at Perrypoint VA Medical Center as a thank you for helping not only my brother but other fellow Vets in the building with him. :-)

  85. A fellow ninja filled in for me while I was off so coming back was a breeze.

  86. One day I came to my desk to find a bouquet of flowers from a co-worker who was grateful for my help on a big project.
    I decided to start randomly thanking others for the unexpected help on things they do for me without my asking them or delegating our those little tasks: a cute note and (an office favorite) a chocolate peanut butter cup on their desk for them to find. I don’t have my name on it, and it’s fun to see how others are starting to do similar things now, too!

  87. I receive daily “Thank You” emails from some of the employees! I’m always there any time (even working from home) when someone needs my help!

  88. Nice video and nice to hear someone who wanted to be an EA since childhood.

  89. Our senior management scheduled a zoom cocktail hour to celebrate admin asst day! We shared funny stories about past trips and they shared how much they appreciate everything that we do and have done during these difficult times. We were all gifted with 6 months of cocktail courier which was great. The zoom was really fun that we plan on having another one soon. We all miss each other and can’t wait to see everyone in the office soon.

  90. My CFO smoothed a sticky situation with acounting that I was unjustly accused for, two weeks into my new position. She investigated and cleared my name to all parties. As a thank you, I hired full makeup and hair stylists for her new Executive photos session. I want her to feel as wonderful as she made me feel.

  91. Our bosses surprised us with a zoom gathering to celebrate our special day today. One of them even showed up with a top hat and feather boa…In celebration & gratitude I sent out a picture of a pretty flower that I took on a walk to my fellow Professional Assistants to commemorate the day.

  92. I’ve received a random thank you from someone I rarely support. Also, someone that works close with me, (I don’t support but unofficially help out) brought me a card and a “self-care” kit , lotions and bath products from an exclusive store – just on a random day because she wanted to say thanks. I was touched!

  93. My two CEOs sent me an Amazon gift card. They also sent an email with clips of thanks from several people. And one of the CEOs sent me a personal email expressing gratitude which I appreciated since 2019 was a difficult year for me at the office.

  94. My manager sent me an Amazon gift card for Admin Day! I sent UberEats gift-cards to my team. I figured I would normally buy them lunch today, this was the next best way to treat!

  95. I was sent flowers from a colleague today. I responded with reason I appreciate our partnership and the opportunity to collaborate together. I’ll send her flowers at another time.

  96. As soon as this started, my colleague organized a weekly virtual happy hour at the end of every Friday. It’s been really nice to see each other’s faces, talk about things other than work, and have an excuse/reminder to relax at the end of the week. We’ve been providing emotional support, sharing WFH tips, and–most importantly–making each other laugh. I plan to say thank you by taking the lead on organizing a more regular in-person get together (once it’s safe!) to keep these connections going.

  97. I received an appreciate award gift card for Admin Day! Was unexpected and will pay it forward with a thank you note and email.

  98. A fellow EA sent me an email this morning to celebrate our day and I returned the favor by sharing the reasons why I appreciated her partnership

  99. Happy Admins Day! I feel very appreciated, even while working from home! I love having this platform to connect with other like-minded professionals. Hope you all feel appreciated today and everyday!

  100. One of the managers acknowledged the work I did on a project, going beyond the expectations and thanked me for the work put in. She did this via email and included everyone in the company (8 people)

  101. Happy Admin day to everyone. We are all amazing hard workers!

  102. I was sent a message today letting me know that I was appreciated along with a gift card. It was very kind and thoughtful. To pay it forward, I am also planning on sending out thank you messages as well.

  103. I received a notification that I was receiving a gift from Sugarwish yesterday from our exec assistant to our CEO & CRO, Stephanie Camarda. I took action after with this fun treat idea to one of our customer’s EA’s who was so patient during a busy time of scheduling, and a terrific partner throughout the process of scheduling a meeting that had continued to get pushed out.

  104. I love all of this support!!! 💚

  105. I received some nice appreciation emails today and will pay it forward in the future to other staff in our building that might not get recognized for all that they do, like our mailroom coordinator who manages all our supply deliveries.

  106. Our CORE (this is what we call our Admin Staff) Leader has special gifts hand delivered (using social distancing guidelines) to our homes while we are all working remotely.

    I plan to mail a Thank you/Gratitude handwritten letter to one of my fellow CORE team members to thank them during this unprecedented time. And they will receive some handwritten LOVE in the mail.

  107. My boss (Director) has made a point to check-in on the health and wellness of all employees. When I needed a self-care or mental health day, she was amazingly supportive. She genuinely cares about how we are doing during this difficult time. I plan to pay it forward by helping others with their projects or workload if they are needing to step away from the job for self-care.

  108. Our President and COO worked together to proactively purchase sanitizer and supplies for us (we are a small group) at the start of the pandemic in our state. They wanted to make sure we could all take care of ourselves and loved ones – and sent us home with some supplies – a big weight off our shoulders.
    To pay it forward, I purchased washable cloth masks from a friend’s mom (I can’t sew!) and shipped them to extended family members and friends across the US.

  109. I love our 3x week check in’s with our core Admin Group. It gives us an opportunity to finish any outstanding needs and catch up on a personal level. I truly enjoy working with my core group as well as the rest of the admins throughout our global organization!

  110. Our Department’s Chief, Code Enforcement person sent this message: When the social distancing restrictions relax we can celebrate you in person. Until then, please know that without you and your professionalism our Department wouldn’t function as well, if at all. Thank you for everything you do every day, and the style and aplomb with which you do it. You make a difference and are valued!

  111. As I complete my first year at a new job, a colleague of mine has been so helpful in just being there ready to help and answer questions. I plan to take her out to lunch when we’re all back to work.

  112. I was able to send dinner to another Office Ninja. She loved it!!
    Today my team sent me flowers and a few very nice im’s and emails came in thanking me for Being the glue that holds the team together. It was very nice and totally unexpected.

  113. Brought me a anti-viral room spray!
    I have a gratitude note written and ready to be delivered to another team member!

  114. Huge group email with all of the Administrative Professionals giving us all “props” for being valued! And my Executive called and sang to me :-)

  115. Since going remote, I brought some moving boxes from the office that I needed to go through. It was nice finding all the notes on posits or cards that had just piled up. It’s nice to receive in the moment, but it means even more to go back and be reminded of it during these uncertain times. It just showed me how important little gestures go and how that artifact can have a lasting affect. I am grateful for the thanks, but will continue to pay it forward with notes from me.

  116. I recently lost my father very suddenly, and his funeral took place just a few days before our state started requiring non-essential jobs to either close or figure out how to operate fully remotely from our homes. Obviously, as an operations director, this was a huge challenge that couldn’t have come at a worse time for me personally. My team has been great at gently checking in with me each day, even in the smallest ways, to make sure that I’m taking care of myself and navigating the grief process without being overwhelmed professionally by the changing landscape. Just the small act of my superior asking if I needed any extra time away from my desk hours to spend with my family warmed my heart and reminded me that I work on a team that thrives under the belief that being personally fulfilled leads to better professional results.

  117. Received flowers of appreciation on a day I was not expecting them from a co-worker after working on a project together.

  118. Today my staff had lunch delivered to my house and sent me an ecard for admin professionals day. I love those folks!

  119. I did my first ever podcast (Maven REAch) and my colleagues made a point of sending kudos and keeping track of how many hits it got, etc even though they are pro speakers and do podcasts all the time. Made me realize that for someone trying something new, it’s always a scary leap and getting support from pros means everything. I’ve been offering my know-how to other newbies in areas I’m skilled at to pay it forward.

  120. Our head of HR sent a thank you message to the entire Admin team, and let us know that we can order dinner one night this week on the company. It was a very nice gesture and made me feel appreciated!

  121. Being a part of my company’s administrative staff means during a pandemic, you leave your shelter in place to occasionally visit the office to check and scan mail items. After coming home from a long day of opening, sorting and scanning mail, I was surprise by a beautiful flower arrangement waiting at my doorstep. It was from my colleagues, thanking me for my hard work. It’s the little things that inspire and motivate me to keep going!

    I’ve payed it forward by sending my teammates an aromatherapy shower kit to put them at ease and help them relax during these difficult times. They should be getting it any day now. :)

  122. A colleague I don’t talk to often reached out to me for a virtual coffee chat which was nice and we decided to not talk purely about work. Was a good break between back to back Zoom calls, I was able to talk around and take the call. This got me to reach out to someone else at work I don’t talk to often and schedule a virtual coffee break with them.

  123. My coworkers shared pictures with me of their family members wearing the hand-sewn face masks I made for them. Made my day!

  124. A colleague called to tell me they missed me a wish me a happy work anniversary!

  125. I sent a special note to my fellow Admins on how much they mean to me. I sent them each a personalized flower meme.

  126. Recently someone sent me a handwritten card thanking me for helping them with a project. An actual card instead of an email showed they went the extra mile and I plan to thank people in that same way going forward.

  127. Last night our CEO sent a message to the whole firm thanking our Admin team for their hardwork which was really great to wake up to. I paid it forward by sending words of appreciation to the rest of our admin team and it became a whole chain reaction!

  128. My current manager did the most amazing thing for me. Along with a large company merger that we are going through, he is also retiring soon. Instead of just leaving me high and dry to find a new job, he reached out to other managers and found me a new position in the company. He totally took away all the stress and anxiety for me!!! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful caring person in my life, and will be throwing him the biggest retirement party ever.

  129. Was surprised with several gift cards of appreciation. Plan to continue the giving of gratitude to my team.

  130. I was just surprised with an Edible Arrangement from my wonderful coworkers!!! I’ll be sharing with the family of course!

  131. Today my Team “virtually” spoiled me with lots of thanks, ecards, appreciation and gifts that will be waiting at the office when I return. A few of my favorite things. It’s nice not only that they think of me on Admin Professional Day, yet they often think of me and do little things throughout the year. It’s also nice that they know me well enough to get things I truly enjoy! I pay it forward by trying to do the same with them. Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day all!

  132. Earlier this week, one of my executives ‘chatted’ me to ask how I was doing during the COVID-19 situation – we are all doing the WFH at this time. He asked if I can obtain groceries, and if not, tell him what I needed, and he would go shopping and bring them to me! Important to note: I live an hour+ away and in an area not easy to reach or find. I am fine and did not need the groceries, but the impact his offer made on my day and my appreciation for his extremely kind thought are immeasurable!

  133. I am a virtual executive assistant!

  134. Our HR team sent all the Administrative Professionals a super generous gift card! (with explicit rules to use it to pamper ourselves instead of others today, jk)!

  135. Jordan just did the most wonderful thing for me today: she offered to back me up this Friday 24Apr2020 from 11a-5p so that I can take PTO to finish unpacking my apartment, to finish putting together 2 kitty condos for my new kitten that I will be adopting next week, and to garden… uninterrupted. I am so grateful that we work together and have each other as backups and that we both are awesome admins and can completely trust that when we back each other up, we have absolutely nothing to worry about.

    1. This entry should be from Carina Herrera. I was talking about my awesome colleague Jordan Owens.

  136. A supervisor’s wife made a few fabric face masks for me. The masks and filters were laying on my desk one morning when I arrived! I plan to make a mask for someone else and she doesn’t know it. Love the little surprises! Especially while we have to practice social distancing and shelter in place.

  137. I’ve been working from home and I’m on week 6. Felt very appreciated today from my executive, my team and was part of our Zoom admin community call to share stories and show photos from our childhoods. Happy Admin Day everyone!

  138. A colleague arranged a surprise home delivery for me today in celebration of admin day. She wanted to make sure I was home so I’m now enjoying excitement and anticipation.

  139. Congrats to today’s Ninja. Your story is very inspiring. Keep up the great job.

  140. Ute just sent me the most beautiful flowers for Admin Prof Day. There’s one in the arrangement that smells so great: every time I walk past the arrangement, I smell this amazing fragrance and I’m reminded to STOP and take a moment and to look at the flowers. I am very grateful for my awesome bosses and teams that I support :)

    1. This entry should be from Carina Herrera. I was talking about my awesome boss Ute Hoch.

  141. WFH has had it’s rewards and challenges! I work for a non-profit organization who is very involved with the Governor’s office. We’ve incorporated Zoom meetings to stay connected and it’s been extremely helpful with communication efforts. I’m always recognized for my contributions to the team and referred to as the “glue that keeps us all together”….. I look for ways to make everyone’s job a bit easier :)

  142. I am very grateful that my executive – besides our regular daily huddles – called me and the rest of the team, to ask us how we and our families are doing with all this COVID-19 situation. For me, that was a great and very humble gesture. To pay it forward, I will continue giving the extra mile and maintaining my productivity in order to continue helping him to be more productive.

  143. Terry is so thoughtful: she sent me a fabulous bonsai tree for Admin Prof Day today AND she sent me designer chocolates from Half Moon Bay. Before this though, she would remind colleagues of my SharePoint project completion milestone and mentioned it at several meetings. I love that she recognizes my hard work and brings it to the attention of others so they know I’m working hard for them as well. I am very grateful for my awesome bosses and teams that I support :)

    1. I did not follow directions correctly and submitted comments TO my bosses/colleagues and used their email/names. This comment from ‘Terry Sweeney’ is actually from Carina Herrera

  144. I received a very nice note and gift card this morning for the work I do. Was lovely and very unexpected!

  145. HAPPY ADMINISTRATIVE PROFFESIONALS DAY!!! : )

  146. Unfortunately we had to let a few staff members know that they are being furloughed yesterday. One of the people that will be moving to unpaid leave actually texted me this morning to check up on ME! Yes, it’s tough to be the one to have these conversations with people, but really I am one of the fortunate ones, and I can’t believe anyone cared about how I was doing, least of all one of the people about to be on leave. I expressed my gratitude in my response, and I’m also trying to think of what I can do to show my appreciation when we are able to bring her back…her and the others. They’ll all deserve to be celebrated upon their return!

  147. Received a special email from a fellow admin :) Made my day to hear that I am appreciated!

  148. We had to put my dog down unexpectedly earlier this month and my supervisors all send me cards of condolences and really pushed me to take the day off and grieve. I plan to pay this forward by continuing to work hard and push myself to be better than the day before.

  149. Happy Administrative Assistant Day to each and everyone of us. We Rock!!

  150. I am working from home. My boss sent me a sweet email thanking me an acknowledging Adm. Day. She said she owes me a lot of chocolate. She knows I love sweets!

  151. There are four of us right now that didn’t get furloughed (Myself (EA), our VP of Operations, the Sales Manager and our Accountant). We are calling ourselves the “Fab 4” and have daily encouragement for each other through Skype conversations. Sometimes it gets pretty stressful during the day – and one of us is smart enough to put something funny in the conversation… They have been acknowledging me every day this week… And tomorrow is my Workaversary… Great timing!

  152. My boss sent me a gift card and a gift for Admin Day and for my bday. Something completely unexpected and so appreciated. To pay it forward I have sent a coworker a cookie bundle from a local vendor.

  153. My manager checks in with me daily by slack to say hi and ask how I’d doing.

  154. Thanks for all this group does! A true inspiration.

  155. A colleague gave a great LinkedIn review of a trauma-informed self-care session that I offered to staff last week, and I plan to give future LinkedIn shout-outs to my colleagues as they mark milestones and celebrate big accomplishments!

  156. this statement is so true now than ever before … Keep calm and let the executive assistant handle it

  157. My co-worker sent me an Etsy gift certificate to thank me for helping her with her grant work reporting. It was totally unexpected and was a nice surprise. She works really hard as well, so I plan on sending her a gift certificate for a local salon as a treat for herself. Her husband is a full-time student, they have a middle school daughter and she is the breadwinner in her household. She came from a family that didn’t have much and put herself through school to get her MA.

  158. My boss encouraged me to go home and get some rest after a long day. I’ve gotten kind words on Admin Day.

  159. My team started today with homemade cards held up during our daily video team meeting. Lunch was delivered to my home as well as a lovely floral arrangement. I love my team and think moving to this department was one of the smartest things I could have done in my career at this company. We have been extremely busy during this crisis but we have taken the time to find ways to celebrate milestone anniversaries and special days like Admin Day.

  160. Special thanks to OfficeNinjas!
    Bringing administrative professionals from many workplaces together helps to improve our leadership opportunitites with and for our teams!

  161. My company usually sends a gift to each AA in the US. With the lockdown though, they were unable to. Instead we had a webex with everyone across the US and they sent a Home Chef egift card to each of us. Really appreciate their thoughtfulness each year in recognizing our contributions to the company!

  162. Excellent day today: received flowers and the Office Manager is buying all the Admin Professionals in the Executive Offices lunch! Enjoy working with this team, and really happy we are all still working in the office together. I love the connections we make

  163. It’s a trying time right now and the Administrative Assistants are the ones who pick up the pieces of the odd responsibilities left behind from co workers that were laid off or furloughed or need to work from home or just cant come in for fear of spreading this virus. Many things we do will go un-noticed but that’s our job isn’t it? To look at the big picture and make things happen so those around you can focus on what they need to do without worrying about the “little things” that sometimes aren’t so little. Whether they realize it or not we got their backs! In case no one has said it today, Thanks for what you do. You are appreciated!

  164. I received flowers from the team on Monday. I’m the one who normally surprises people so it was nice to actually be surprised… and bring a little joy to my new WFH space :-)

  165. My former manager saw that I was feeling particularly stressed one week and left a beautiful drawn “Breathe” square next to a worry stone. It was so nice to feel seen without explanation.

  166. I have only been in my current position for two months and started working from home after only three weeks in the office. The administrative team has been very welcoming, connecting through MSTeams with meetings, chats, and sharing our thoughts and encouragement.

  167. My coworker send me an Amazon gift card so I could outfit my home office with some necessary supplies that make working from home more fun and productive! I plan on sending them some snail mail to thank them and paying it forward to another coworker so the cycle of giving continues!

  168. I had a call on my calendar this morning that was titled CARES Act update, and thought ugh I don’t want to do this at 8:30 in the morning! But I got on the Teams call and it was a surprise Admin Day party for me from my team. They each (27) made signs wishing me Happy Admin Day or We LUV You, and You Rock Everyday, and Thank You! I was so touched by their kindness and thoughtfulness! LUV my team so much! And they sent me an e-gift card! How great is that!!!!

  169. My boss surprised me with some goodies this morning.

  170. I work and interact with about 15 AA in the USA that are wonderful women in our organization. We have a wonderful team that meet regularly and I would not be successful without them!

  171. My colleague from previous company wished me a happy admin week even though we longer work together. It made me feel like I definitely left great positive impact at my last company. I strive to continue to do the same for my current company.

  172. I have been assisting the owner’s of our company with applying for SBA loans and researching all the details we need to be aware of for that. It’s meant long hours and learning things I never knew about before. Both of the owner’s have been incredibly thankful, gracious and flexible when I needed to take time out to take care of family in the middle of all this. It’s amazing to be a true business partner with them and experience the behind the scenes workings of running a startup company.

  173. My boss has been so supportive of me needing to take some personal time off during all of this. I’m paying it forward by making sure my team does the same when they need it!

  174. Several of my Ninja friends and colleagues have been doing a weekly virtual happy hour. Their smiles, positivity, and humor keep me going!

  175. We’re checking in with each other on a daily basis, making sure we’re still smiling and doing ok! I miss seeing my work tribe and will pay it forward by giving lots of hugs (whenever we can do that again) : )

  176. One of my fellow Office Ninja’s has taken an interest in learning more about my new, interim life working from home. I’ve appreciated the desire to learn more about who we’re in quarantine with. I’ve felt much closer to my team as a result!

  177. My exec called me this morning and thanked me and gave me the day off!! I’ve been able to work on my memory keeping today—a great gift!

  178. My group shows appreciation to me all year long. But they don’t even know its APD unless I tell them.

  179. A coworker bought me a mug that read “Yet despite the look on my face, you’re still talking” because she knows the barrage of crazy questions I can get in a day. So as a thank you, I brought in buffalo chicken dip to the office.

  180. Happy Admin Day!!! Appreciating all the hard working professionals!!

  181. My fellow admins have been sending wonderful notes to me (and me to them!) identifying specific things that we appreciate about each other. It’s been a lovely pick-me-up!

  182. Despite not being in the same work space currently, a coworker reached out via email to say thank you for my support as an admin.

  183. Received a kudos for job well done from the court coordinator.

  184. Thanks for wearing last year’s shirt to celebrate our day- Admin Day and Office Ninjas!

  185. I’ve had numerous leaders reach out to just check-in and see how I’m doing. Not because they need something – just because they care. I’ve done the same thing to other team members as well because I knew how much it meant to me!

  186. My boss has been incredibly flexible and understanding during this time. He wants us to focus on our families as much as we need to during this crisis, and it’s nice to feel that support in this time.

  187. I have several staff members helping me with a particularly difficult employee situation. They have been there for me to voice frustration, offer helpful advice, and hopefully resolve the issue as a win-win for all.

  188. I honestly can’t think of anything nice someone at work has done for me, as we all had to suddenly work from home due to COVID lockdown in our state. But that doesn’t mean I won’t go out of my way to support all of my co-workers and my boss. It just means I’ll be doing whatever it takes to keep our business running as long as we can during this pandemic! This is what an admin is trained to do and I’m up for the challenge!

  189. I sent personal notes to my administrative peers – we are successful by collectively supporting one another.

  190. My boss just nominated me for an employee high five that our campus runs. One of the things he said was “she is the glue that holds us together.” Sometimes it’s nice to hear how valued you are. I try to tell most people I encounter how much I value them as well.

  191. My executive team sending me email acknowledging me on Admin Professional Day! This is especially meaningful during our Shelter in Place! Sending out joy and peace to my other fellow administrators and team at our global sites.

  192. Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

  193. Thank you so much for this opportunity! It’s so great to be inspired by other admin professionals :)

  194. Received praise from my boss that was sent to the entire team.

  195. Our Executive Team celebrated Admin Prof’s Day today with our choice of lunch (safely catered) and a sweet floral delivery to each of us. What a lovely way to be appreciated!

  196. I have the World’s Best Boss. She is smart, kind, and the definition of a fair and compassionate leader. When the coronavirus hit our area, knowing I live with 2 medically fragile people, my boss went to bat for me. She made sure I got setup to work from home first, before they even closed the office. She volunteered to stay, and take on all of my high exposure tasks, so I could keep my family isolated. I could never pay her back for all of the support she gives me every day, not even close. Instead, with her help, I organized a mask-making drive with volunteers from our company to make face masks for our essential workers. She was my first volunteer.

  197. Thanks for making this day more special!!!

  198. Amidst all the crazy changes to work due to COVID 19, it has been terrific to feel appreciated for the fast pivots and solutions.

  199. Happy Admin Day to everyone! Both my bosses really put in the extra effort to make this a good one. Really appreciate all they’ve done so far.

  200. My managers (I have 3 of them) sent me a gift card and flowers to remind me that I’m not alone on an island during this work-from-home period.

  201. I have 20 direct reports. Several of them thanked me for being a great support to them today!

  202. We all support each other. If I get busy my office team always chips in. We support each other

  203. The mom admins of our group ( including myself) were having a rough go at balancing work and parenting at home and the others offered to take on some of our load without hesitation. It wasn’t exactly a tangible gift but it was more appreciated and necessary than they know. Ever grateful for sisterhood during this strange time for all of us. Chin up all you WFH admin angels! We’ll all get through and will be so much stronger on the other side <3

  204. Someone on my team remembered that I have back problems and checked in to make sure I had a comfortable work-from-home set up. I mentioned the back issues in a passing conversation almost a year ago, and it was so nice that this person remembered this small detail about me and checked in on me! They reminded me to connect with my teammates regularly to see how they’re doing, even if we don’t have anything work-related to talk about.

  205. My boss ordered us all lunch to be delivered to our homes (cause we are all working remote) and sent out a zoom meeting so we can all celebrate together and have lunch together! :)

  206. Was inspiring to see all of these responses – wish more companies would be as responsive as some of these lucky admin’s are

  207. Happy Admin Professionals Day everyone!

  208. I received flowers from my bosses friend for setting up their guys golf trip. So nice to be appreciated for doing your job.

  209. My manager has offered a ton of flexibility during the current crisis! It’s helped me focus on my family and mental health, which is so appreciated!

  210. This is just too much fun!!!!

  211. Today is Administrative Professionals Day and my boss gifted me with a $50 Amazon gift card! Not to mention, wished me a happy SEVEN YEAR work anniversary! This was so nice, especially with all of the craziness going on right now. I’ve already mailed out a really nice thank you card to her.

  212. Happy Admin Day!!!

  213. My manager mailed me face masks as my package of face masks was missing

  214. Happy Admin Day everyone! I appreciate you!

  215. I think the flexibility my manager has offered recently is the nicest thing that has happened. In these uncertain times, the ability to be flexible and adapt is the number one thing I need.

  216. Thank you for everything!

  217. Thank you to all for providing this fun way to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day! Really missed not being able to go to the event but this helps suffice! Have a great day and stay well!

  218. Happy Admin Day to all of us!!

  219. Having the Office Ninjas community promote this day and post thank you videos from various industries has been really nice to see. This morning, I have received thank you notes from various EAs within my company and I have sent the same to others.

  220. Our newly hired Operations Assistant realized I wasn’t sleeping well lately and decompressing fully. She knows what I really enjoy so she reached out with some unexpectedly kind words and some activities that we’ve been doing remotely after hours. To thank her I’ve sent her invitations to some remote activities that I really enjoyed and even started sending things to coworkers who’ve had losses in their families as well as providing coaching services to those who’ve been needing it. After all, we need each other!

  221. Happy Administrative day Everyone! Keep up the great job!

  222. My team sent me a GroupGreeting card for Admin Day. We usually pass handwritten cards around the office, which isn’t possible right now – so that was a nice surprise!

  223. Thank you for recognizing the profession!

  224. The lead admin in Enginnering wished us a Happy Admin’s day and wine showed up at my doorstep today! Love our admin team!

  225. My manager wished me a Happy Admin’s Day and thanked me for all my support during these challenging times. Just a simple thank you means so much!

  226. I reached out to an Admin in another office about my lack of productivity due to working at home. She in turn reached out and got me some jobs to do with other departments. She also complimented me on my hard work. It was very nice to hear that the job I do is noticed.

  227. Today my boss complimented me in a run-of-the-mill email and cc’ed me. She didn’t need to do it, and in these uncertain times, it really lifted my spirits!

  228. As my company’s Office Manager, I had some concerns when we moved to fully remote during the pandemic of losing my job. When I reached out to our local HR lead to inquire about my concerns. Her response made me feel appreciated and valuable to the company and I can’t thank her enough for her candor! I make sure she also knew how much I valued her as a colleague! During these hard times, I think it is really important to reach out to the people you appreciate and let them know!

  229. Thank you for all that you do!

  230. Sharing the day with my team – I woke up to some very nice messages from both my execs that I support.

  231. I won! Thank you so much to Office Ninjas. Not just for the gift, but for fostering an awesome community of support.

  232. Recently I shared with a colleague that I was struggling to feel connected to the faculty on campus. I’m used to a very collaborative environment and it’s been a challenging adjustment. He shared he feels similarly and now makes a point of stopping by and connecting with me in the morning. In future I will pay more attention to new team members and intentionally work to include them.

  233. In the midst of all of this upheaval and confusion, I can pretty much attribute my ability to stay sane and motivated to two of my coworkers. One of them is the person who trained me (and also reminded me that I was a Ninja, and should participate in this). He is constantly reminding me to not be so hard on myself, and keeping me grounded when I fall into one of my “why aren’t I absolutely PERFECT in every way” rabbit holes. My other coworker gets my appreciation because she is constantly thinking of me when a new project gets unearthed, knowing that staying busy is what gets me through each day with my sanity in tact. I am unsure how I will pay it forward, but I will. I want to be sure someone else gets to feel as appreciated, and as important to the company, as I get to feel on a daily basis.

  234. Started my day with Admins’ Day greetings from the team. Paying it forward by going to the office to provide contractors with access so IT doesn’t have to as they have a long commute

  235. A colleague sent Uber Eats gift cards. I plan to pay it forward by treating someone else to these meals!

  236. My manager sent me flowers last week for my one year work anniversary! I haven’t received flowers in probably 20 years! I plan on paying it forward by being more positive at work when we go back to the office.

  237. I just got a 1-year appreciation package from my new employer. It is great that they recognize service and dedications no matter how short.

  238. Co-worker had to go to the office to pick up something personal, took care of opening all the mail for us. This one easy to pay forward, I know this individual has been struggling, so I’m making an extra effort to reach out regularly for quick non-work related zoom chats. Personal connection matters even more than ever now!

  239. Happy Admin week! I sent a special wish to our admin team which said we have the skills, the wisdom, the ability and greatness to keep this office running!

  240. Working from home has been tough, but our team has really pulled together to support each other and our community. A coworker recently had to run to the office to grab some equipment, I also needed a couple items and asked if he would be able to grab them for me instead of both of us going in. Not only did he grab the items I needed, he stopped at a local gelato shop and purchased a pint of vegan gelato which he brought to my doorstep along with the equipment. I now have a list of local spots to buy treats from for others. It’s the small things that count in this difficult time!

  241. My executive made a personal call to say thank you and share how grateful she is to work with me!

  242. I celebrate today with an amazing group of professionals who are willing to help one another and hold each other up, especially in this unusual time of working remotely. They are dedicated to our school and especially our students.

  243. Excited for today!! We normally have a luncheon for Admin. Day but because of the pandemic it was cancelled. Coming to this site is very uplifting. I love OfficeNinjas!!

  244. I appreciate your inspiration and positivity – it is what an office ninja brings to work each day! Thank you!

  245. So excited for today. I’ve never gotten a proper celebration for this day. I got a company thank you and the president sent me a beautiful flowers.

  246. I received a nice email today from one of my colleagues that I help out on occasion. I was touched by how thoughtful the message was in appreciation of Admin Day.

  247. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Admin’s Week!

  248. Celebration is the word of the day! I celebrate the amazing group of administrative professionals that I work with, as well as the community at large. I’m grateful to have a team that supports and recognizes my contributions to our organization.

  249. Our HR Team surprised us with a paint party! Since we are working from home we will all be receiving packages of paint supplies and will follow an online video together. I am looking forward to paying it back going out to a real happy hour once everything reopens.

  250. Happy Admin Day and Earth Day!! Both make the world go round!!

  251. My team surprised me and my fellow admin today with flower delivery! I wasn’t expecting anything, so I am very appreciative!

  252. Finding that first cup of coffee on your desk, it’s always nice to surprise coworkers with coffee!

  253. My boss surprised me today with a beautiful gift bag of all my favorites… pens, candles, snacks, a board game! It was a very thoughtful gift and a wonderful “survival kit” for working from home! :)

  254. I work with a great team of EAs and we have each other’s backs. When one is swamped, the others come along beside to help take a few tasks. We support different executives but can cover for each other. When I had shoulder surgery, my co-worker brought me pizza and flowers.

  255. Recently, as we manage COVID-19, we have split our office in half and they alternate weeks WFH. I and my C-Team are here for the haul and don’t WFH. One of my co-worker’s came back from her week, understanding my isolation, invited me to join her and other team members to a daily Zoom event. Thankful for the inclusion, I sent her and some team members snacks for WFH as a thank you and to keep up the good work.

  256. Due to Covid-19, I recently lost my job. My team was surprised and sad since I was the team admin. A few offered to help in my search for a new position, gave me pointers on how to spruce up my LinkedIn as well as offered to be a reference. I will absolutely miss my team and am thankful for them. When they need help with anything in the future, I will be sure to be there.

  257. Celebrating is the word of the day!

  258. The leadership of my department has been great about making sure we are safe during this situation. While we still had to work at the office, they made sure I could order whatever supplies were needed to protect our team (even if they were hard to get). Everyone is working from home and they are flexible based on the needs of our team members. Some people are having to work really strange hours to work around child care while others are struggling in different ways but they are making sure we get through this together.

  259. The 5 C-suite executives I support sent me a big, gorgeous bouquet of flowers and gave me a card where they all expressed their gratitude for everything I do for them. It’s a nice reminder of how I’m making a difference in their lives – work and personal. Plus, they bought me lunch today! :) I don’t do what I do for the recognition or any other reason except to serve. However, I have to admit, it is nice hearing “thanks” once in a while.

  260. Thank you for doing these fun stuff virtually.

  261. Thanks for sharing!

  262. I helped create an Employee Hotline (telephone number and email) for any questions, comments, concerns regarding COVID-19. Along with the hotline, I have created a spreadsheet to track all incoming questions, as well as all questions that have been answered. It has been a helpful tool for many

  263. I’m an executive assistant in the healthcare industry. As things first started my Executive said to our group that if anyone was sick to please let he or I know and if I got sick they were all in trouble. He lets me know consistently how much he appreciates the way I solve problems.
    I look for ways to help the other admins I work along side.

  264. Even while working remotely, the flood of messages, virtual gifts and well wishes that have been flooding my communication portals has been uplifting. I honestly don’t expect to get anything on this day. It’s always a wonderful feeling to be recognized.

  265. Recently, I had to schedule a last minute Webex Telepresence meeting. The new Telepresence equipment is being installed in our conference rooms while we are WFH, and the EAs have not yet been trained. Our Office Manager took time from her busy day and Skyped with me to teach me how to use these new tools. I’ll certainly pay it forward and teach my colleagues these new features if needed before we return back to the office.

  266. A colleague gave me a handwritten thank you card after finishing a tough project. It reminded me to appreciate feedback and to give kudos where they are due more regularly!

  267. I am known for being a hugger and it is really hard for me to not be around people. A few of my colleges have taken it upon themselves to check in with me to tell me a joke, a personal story or just say hi.
    I am paying it forward by reaching out to all staff to see how they are doing. We even had everyone send a picture of their new co-workers at home and put it in a slide show to share. I think it is really helping lift the spirits of our team.

  268. Great content!

  269. Our EA group created a list of fun virtual friendly team get together ideas and social touches – like question of the day or virtual bingo scavenger hunt! We EAs are the glue that hold our teams together!

  270. My colleague left me thank you card on my desk when I had helped them with a project. It was such a sweet surprise to walk in and see that on my desk.

  271. I love seeing and hearing the videos of fellow OfficeNinjas! We are such a great network of people!

  272. I hope all of us admins are getting the recognition we deserve!

  273. I have received an email thanking me for what I do … stating that what would we do if Kerri was no longer here to help with everything. Made me smile :)

  274. Today we hosted a virtual coffee break with fellow office support staff, where we had 55+ people who joined both with and without cameras. What a great opportunity to get to know others! Happy to be an admin!

  275. Thank you for sharing this!

  276. So excited and blessed to be a ninja. Thank you so much to OfficeNinjas for their amazing work and continued support. So happy to have this incredible resource as an Admin Professional! Happy Admin Week Ninjas!!!

  277. Our company is considered essential services. During this time of social distancing, most of the company is working from home, but there are a few of us still coming in to the office. We do not work in close quarters, so we are able to maintain the WHO and CDC guidelines, while still accomplishing our work. The first two weeks of WFH (work from home) the workload was incredible, so our sales team got together and had lunch delivered a couple of times to those of us in the office. It was so thoughtful and very much appreciated! One of our managers was barely taking the time to eat, so I decided to pay it forward, and have been bringing lunch in for both of us. I even brought my rice pot in one day and made fresh rice to go with a pot of beans I had cooked over the weekend. It has been nice to eat healthy “real food” rather than grabbing whatever out of the vending machine or running thru a drive thru! And I know my coworker has truly appreciated it. #bettertogether

  278. Our CEOs EA sent a beautiful flower bouquet

  279. A coworker of mine in the finance department helped me to get started with a complicated spreadsheet auditing project this week. It was very generous of her to take time from her schedule to walk me through how to get started with this, especially because it was not related to her job. I will pay it forward by going the extra mile for the next person who asks for my help – a little extra time can make a huge difference for someone else. :)

  280. A fellow Executive Assistant from another Department sent me a nice email card this morning for Administrative Professionals Day and a thank you message. She is always so sweet and cheerful and good at spreading joy. I’m hoping to learn from her example and always be cheerful and kind in my responses to others. I’m also going to send some appreciation emails to fellow admins today.

  281. One of the teams I support emailed me first thing this morning thanking me for my help, and to wish me a Happy Administrative Professionals Day.

  282. Team members are sending notes of appreciation. LOVE!

  283. My Manager and team sent me a box with delicious snacks and two bags of coffee. I feel special :)

  284. Each morning a collection of staff in my office come together to start our day over coffee and a conversation that is not always work related. It’s a way for us to connect and give one another support, keep each other sane, and share knowledge/information/ideas. Recently, I colleague stated that this call has given her an opportunity to continue her good mental health practices she had been unable to keep up while in isolation. She said she depends on this call to help her through this scary time. Her acknowledgement of how important our meeting is to her reminded me of why I join this call each day and how much we depend on one another.

    I will keep paying it forward by continuing to support all my colleagues not only during this time but also when we are back together in the office.

  285. Today I received a virtual bouquet of flowers from a colleague wishing me a “Happy Administrative Professionals Day!” I paid it forward by sending the same type of message to many of my administrative contacts in other companies. Happy Admin Week, everyone!!

  286. Unexpectedly, One of my bosses surprised me with a spa gift certificate and a few weeks later, my other boss (along with his wife) gave me a gift card (to REI because they both know I love going on hiking trips) along with a hand written card with a lovely note which made it very special and I felt appreciated!

  287. Our company sent aromatherapy diffusers to all admins.

  288. My boss, the CEO, sent chocolate to all of management and the admins. Most people think the admin does all of the work but all I did was provide addresses :).

  289. The VP of our Board is the CEO of another organization. I plan on surprising his admin, who is absolutely wonderful and has been an incredible help, with a gift card today in celebration of Admin Day!

  290. I had a colleague see the stress on my face when I was assigned a new project while on a video call. She reached out after and offered her help. I plan on paying it back by offering my help to the next person who I see needs it.

  291. I work in a small office – there are only 3 of us :) and we are working remotely right now. The grace that has been given to me to allow me time to work flexibly with having to distance learn with my 1st grader and spend time with her during the day has been so encouraging and helpful during this time. I will keep paying this on by doing my best..they have shown me such kindness and compassion and I only hope to be able to give others such assistance in the future.

  292. One of my co-workers surprised me by “Spotting” me to HR. It’s our company’s way of acknowledging people who go above and beyond, and is announced via email. After the email went out, several other co-workers told me it was a group effort, that they were all so appreciative of the extra things I do for them. Totally made my day! As a way to pay it forward, I’m working on ways to make the transition back to the office (whenever we finally get to do that) a little smoother for everyone, and some sort of treat bags will be part of that.

  293. With all that is going on, I did not expect to be celebrated today. But I was definitely surprised and emotional like never before. My supervisor joined forces with my family and I had a great breakfast delivered with flowers, cards, and a special video from my entire office. I do not know how this was done without me knowing (especially because I am usually the one planning these types of surprises; home and work). But to know that even through this and all my supervisor has going on she remembered me. I plan to pay it forward by surprising someone else on my team with a special handwritten note.

  294. My manager has been great at extending grace to me in this new remote work from home world. I intend to pay it forward by having that same level of patience with everyone I encounter who’s just trying to get through this quarantine world.

  295. Happy Admin Day Everyone! Today my during our morning stand up everyone wished me a happy Admin Day and created a slide deck for me, every single person that works in my office wrote a paragraph about why they think I am amazing, what I do that they like, and just awesome words of encouragement. Of course, I teared up, every one sai such lovely things. They also decided to write all of those things as recommendations on my LinkedIn. AMAZING! I plan on sending everyone a little thank you note!

  296. I have received flowers, emails, eCards to show thanks for all the assistance I have given to the team. I was told I am the best row-mate in the office!

  297. I love your enthusiasm and coordination. So fun and I’ feel very encouraged.

  298. I’m so grateful for this community! Thank you for this motivation.

  299. Happy Admin Day everyone

  300. Happy Administrative Professionals Day!! My boss really surprised me with flowers delivered NO CONTACT this morning! with a note that read – “Thank you for all you do for me and the team! There are just too many things you do to put on this tiny card. I hope you enjoy this small way of saying thank you.” To pay it forward, I have gift bags made up for each of the support staff in the office with a card individually addressed to share what I think makes them special to me. I’ll deliver them once we get back to the office – but I did reach out electronically to say – enjoy the day.

  301. During this unsteady time, the stress of staying inside, not being able to socialize, and fearing the unknown has been hard for me mentally. But my fellow admin friends at work reached out to me and was so supportive. I can’t ask for a better group of people and I feel so blessed. I hope I can be there for them as well when they need it the most.

  302. In my position I have the opportunity to interact with so many wonderful people each and every day. I can’t isolate one event. Our Admin staff is amazing. If I have a question, within minutes I’ll have a response with offers to help. The thanks and praise that goes around makes everyday a great day to be at work. With the stay at home and WFH going on now, I really appreciate the team I work with. To pay it forward, I will try my best to offer the same professionalism that I receive from my colleagues.

  303. One of the directors that I support emailed me to say that he hoped I was ‘weathering the quarantine’ well, and to let him know if I needed anything. It made me feel good to know that I was being thought of.

  304. My team sent me flowers this week and also sent a very nice note of thanks today. Honestly, they don’t wait until Admin week to let me know I’m appreciated, and I know that is rare. Happy to be in this role supporting a great group of people.

  305. I appreciate each and every one of the admins out there! I may never meet you, but I know that we are all doing our very best during this crazy time. CONGRATULATIONS to ALL THE ADMINS!!

  306. Happy Administrative day everyone.

  307. I am a senior administrative assistant and partner to many senior administrative and executive administrative assistants. We are a well-tuned machine in working and solving issues together. I am always to thankful when they reach out to me to thank me for something I provided and I do the same when they provide updates in our MS Teams. Happy Administrative Professionals Week!!!

  308. We have a small admin team of ten ladies at our tax accounting firm. It’s been challenging, to say the least, working from home during tax season with the added complications of new and ever-evolving tax regulations with the CARES Act. But every day someone from the team is checking in to see how everyone is doing, to see if there is something we can do to help each other, and to keep morale up until we are all back together again. It’s the difficult times like these that really make me appreciative of the team on which I’m honored to be one part. We have a saying at work that “It’s what we do together that sets us apart.” Right now it feels like “It’s what we do apart that brings us together.” We’re all counting the days until we can be physically together again but in the meantime, we’re making lemonade out of lemons.

  309. Our group has some new employees so trying to get our team to bond and stay engaged during this time is essential. I really leaned into gleaning as much information as quickly as possible to prepare the team to work from home. My boss paid me a compliment in front of our whole team saying how impressed and appreciative he was for the all work I have put into helping the team with tech issues during the initial WFH weeks. I was riding high on that compliment for a few weeks and I still do all I can to pay it back to our team with tech support as well as keeping their spirits up through funny memes and gifs. I’ve also started organizing a short quiz/trivia game for the end of our weekly team meetings so the bonding doesn’t cut into their family time and other WFH needs. With the weekly quiz, I’ve learned how to use the polling feature on Zoom and WebEx. Cheers to my fellow OfficeNinjas! I hope you all find ways to learn new skills and feel appreciated – today and every day!

  310. My executive wrote an extremely kind post and shared with all company on Slack in celebration of my q year work-a-versary. It was very unexpected and brought tears to my eyes. We have worked hard to build a strategic partnership and it felt good to read his words of gratitude!

  311. Mainly just by calling and checking in on me. Just hearing from someone can make your whole week!

  312. Thanks for making a video for us!

  313. Happy Administrative Professionals Day everyone!

  314. I recently returned to work after a leave, and many of my coworkers have gone out of their way to welcome me back and to let me know I was missed. The warm welcome was much appreciated!

  315. I love the “pay it forward” plans. One of my team mates surprised me with a very nice Spa gift card (can’t wait til the spas actually open). I send at least one BlueMountain ecard a day to a different member of our team. Just sending a smile can make someone’s day!

  316. My daughter came by on Sunday with a giant colorful plant. I work remotely and independently so I don’t really celebrate Admin week with anyone. She wanted to recognize my accomplishment and thank me for what I do. She said, “You are a beautiful example to all of us.”

  317. Our Director has only been with us for about 2 years. While he is more demanding that our previous Director, he makes sure to thank me EVERY day for doing what I do to support him and for our company. I feel my work is appreciated. I am only a couple of years away from retirement and when the opportunity arises, I share my years of knowledge with our staff assistant.

  318. with everyone working from home I didn’t expect many of my team would remember. My inbox was flooded with kind and thoughtful emails and a generous unexpected electronic gift card. I plan to share that generosity with an admin that is very isolated during our wfh situation.

  319. Happy Administrative Professional Day! xoxo

  320. I’ve received so many appreciative and supportive emails and text messages from the teams I support and other administrative professionals from are company already this morning which really made my day. I’m so proud to work for such a great company!

  321. Not work related, but I started a “Pay it Forward” getting coffee last week. At the drive-thru, I bought the coffee for the person behind me with the intent for them to Pay It Forward – I hope it worked! I was the recipient of a Pay it Forward a few days later, where someone ahead of me bought my lunch!

  322. Congratulations Hilary. Well deserved honor. Keep up the great work!

  323. Love watching the energy flow!

  324. My sister-in-law just bought me a lounge chair for the backyard. She thinks I need to get away from my desk and sit in the sun at lunch, and she is totally right. I have been slammed with projects, an unexpectedly homeschooling at the same time means that I have to consciously decide to step away, and she tried to make that a bit easier. It was so thoughtful!

  325. Our E-team surprised all of the admins with Amazon gift cards this week which was unexpected with everything going on these days. I plan on paying it forward by donating to a charity that my company, App Annie, said they would match, doubling my donation-

  326. Since we are all working from home these days, my team sent me flowers as a thank you for Admin Day – so sweet! I want to pay it forward by hopefully making some of my fellow admins in the office feel appreciated as well.

  327. My boss drove to my house yesterday to personally deliver an Edible Arrangement fruit tray to me! It was SO thoughtful (I live 30 minutes out of town and so does he…but in the opposite direction so he had to drive an hour one-way).

    1. Wow Laura, now that was definitely a nice treat in so many ways! Congratulations and Enjoy!

  328. A few weeks ago my supervisor bought me a box of Truffles from our local candy store. It was such a nice, unexpected gift. I’ve paid it forward by buying bottles of wonderful smelling soaps for our restroom during the pandemic!

  329. The Admin Maven

  330. I met Ally and Ross @ Admingling NYC. They are the best co-hosts thus far. Super smart, funny, and have incredible synergy. Even when they kind of messed up on the high-five at the end (maybe on purpose??), it doesn’t detract from their positivity and the truth of their words for all admins out there. Celebrate ourselves each day. Yeah!!! woot woot

  331. I am the only EA in the organization who works alone as our Toronto office is the smallest of our offices. All our other EA’s work in locations with each other and with support staff. I am so grateful for all the support they give me to keep me informed, connected and constantly learning. I couldn’t do it without you! You’re all amazing. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    1. I love that you feel our support all the way to the Canada Office! YOU ARE WELCOME!

  332. I just started working for a new division within my organization before the shutdown happened. Still getting my feet wet with my actual role, my role sort of changed on a dime to assist my new division with getting Instruction on line for college students. The project leads of the team sent a pizza to my house for dinner (as well as the other team members). Out of no-where!! No idea. Plus the kicker is that they had to pay $$$ extra to have it delivered to me because I live about 15 miles outside the city. So SWEET! I barely know this new team of people. LOL I am trying to continue to uplift them and help them in anyway I can. I decided that I was going to send uplifting messages of encouragement and appreciation and/or videos to our Chancellor and Vice Chancellors. I do not know how often they get thought of. I know they have probably spent many sleepless hours trying to assure our students continue to get the quality education they have paid for and to make sure they take care of us, the faculty and staff in the best way possible and they are doing great. It is not an easy task to decide what is the best and right way to handle things during this crazy time So they need love too! – Thanks for all the insight on different topics you provide in your newsletter! So glad I found it!

  333. My admin colleagues always stop by desk to chat and see how i’m doing. Especially during this pandemic, i’ve been making an effort to reach out to them regularly to see how their doing.

  334. I manage our office in Seattle while being in NY. In my one year of working at the company I hadn’t taken any really vacation time and I finally had one planned 2 months ago. The Seattle office collected money for me as a token of their appreciation so I could pamper myself before my trip. They also sent me a picture with signs. It was absolutely amazing. I just keep that in mind (and the picture on my desk) to remind myself of how much they appreciate me in Seattle even though I’m not there every day. And a constant reminder to make sure they feel like they are part of the botify team.

  335. With the Stay at Home order in effect, our teams are working from home or remotely in the field. My amazing company recently reached out and gave back $5,000 to local restaurants and non-profits near our five Colorado locations.

  336. My counterpart in another location has helped me immensely by being a mentor and looking out for me. I can’t say enough kind things about how welcoming she has been since I started, and how she has guided me and been not just a colleague, but a friend. We all need someone like this, during this new norm. Paula- you are a Rockstar!

  337. I had a birthday in quarantine, and my coworkers did a virtual celebration for me, had lunch, flowers and a cake delivered. It was so lovely!

  338. One of my fellow Admin colleagues purchased a funny gift for Admin Week and dropped it off on my front porch. Plan to take her to lunch when all of this ends.

  339. I work with a great team of admins! During this “physical distancing” I did a delivery on Monday to both of my admin teammates and stopped by their homes to drop off some blooming daisies to brighten their WFH space and a sweet treat – a small token to let them each know how much I appreciate working with them every day!

  340. My firm has a great group of admin all over the state. With everyone working from home, we all have a little downtime. The office managers met (virtually of course) and put together a spreadsheet of all of our strengths. If any one of the admin needs help, the just need to ask and we will be happy to assist. It’s nice to know that we all have each others’ back during this situation. HAPPY ADMIN DAY EVERYONE!

  341. You go girl! That gives me some awesome ideas!

  342. I have two wonderful cluster mates which means they back me up when I’m out sick or on vacation. They are the best!!! I also back up their bosses when they are out as well. Its a wonderful experience because we get to learn about other areas of our firm. We are so reliable with each other and our bosses that it works like clock work (most of the time :) ). Thank you, Office Ninjas, for this wonderful week and chance to win wonderful prizes from the vendors. HAPPY ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY to all the OFFICE NINJAS out there! Love the stories. Keep them coming!

  343. Last week my CEO gave everyone in the company a food delivery gift card, gestures like these are thoughtful and much appreciated! I’ve been trying to take care of the team by doing porch deliveries of office equipment and eggs from the chickens of one of our coworkers, and checking on people, especially if they live alone.

  344. I recently had an employee at my company randomly Slack message me saying “I can’t say enough how you make our day to day so much better since you started (I started in December)” and it stuck with me. I truly feel appreciated and it makes me want to create the best environment/culture for everyone to keep their spirits high during these uncertain times. As a fun “virtual gift” for everyone, I plan on taking screenshots of all employees during our Zoom meetings and photoshopping it into our company logo for a funny, yet impactful message to them that we are all in this together. Maybe we can frame it for the office when we get back!

  345. What’s something unexpectedly nice someone (a fellow Ninja, colleague, or manager) has done for you recently?
    Office Manager Anne Collier at the Five Star Institute purchased a grey legal case for me for work and to be the lady boss she knew I was.

  346. My coworker and I have become close friends. We check in on each other often now that we are working remotely. It’s good to have someone who I can talk to about the stress.

  347. One of our fabulous Texas site Admins set up a weekly Skype call for all of us to check in with each other. We use the time to discuss work issues, but also talk about kids, family, our fur babies, etc. It’s good to know we are not alone while we’re all working from home. We have 2 new Texas Admins, so training long-distance is a new challenge, so we are all doing what we can to assist them.

  348. Last week my Chief Compliance Officer nominated me for our iCare award program for going above a beyond in making her transition to joining our firm seamless, welcoming and being responsive to all of her inquiries. It was presented at our all company meeting. It was quite the surprise as I execute this program for the company.

  349. During this time of social distancing and working from home, the attorneys in our practice group have worked hard to maintain a personal as well as professional connection. I have truly valued their efforts and caring, and have done the same with my admin team, connecting several times a week with each member of my team through email, skype, FaceTime and Zoom. Maintaining personal connection is the hardest but most needed thing we can do right now.

  350. I received several thank you notes and gifts from medical students at the end of their semester. I will continue to dedicate my time and efforts in helping these students become successful physicians and thank them for being a part of our unique program.

  351. I support a Chick-Fil-A Operator that continues to inspire me each new day with his teams commitment to making a difference in the community… especially through this challenging time.

  352. My work BFF and I text a lot to let off steam. It’s a fantastic way to get things off your chest and keep sane, especially now! It’s so nice to have a colleague who can be a source of relief.

  353. Thanks for the videos and all you do!

  354. We have just started a Staff Council with in our company and we are looking at ways we can bring more professional development to our Administrative staff. I will definitely be recommending OfficeNinjas as a resource.

  355. I am pregnant during COVID and everyone has been really caring, supervisors and team members checking in on me and making sure I am doing well during this time.

  356. At the beginning of the lockdown my supervisor gave water to everyone’s desk plants since he was the only person allowed in the office; I am giving plants (including flowers) to frontline workers that know and can reach. It is my hope to help brighten their day during these uncertain times.

  357. I had a fellow colleague call me a few months ago to thank me for mentoring her. She let me know that she was recently promoted to a managerial position!! She followed up by sending me a fruit bouquet!!

  358. Info-sharing makes us all more valuable to our team, our company, and our field.

  359. While all of our other EA’s are WFH at this time, I am able to keep in constant contact with the group via email, TEAMS, txt and phone. I often do a check-in and make sure everyone is doing ok and if they need extra support. Can’t wait to be reunited with them IN PERSON.

  360. Loved the tributes today!!

  361. Someone I worked with more than 30 years ago found me on social media and told me I had been a mentor to her. She said I had seen potential in her and trained her for higher level jobs, so she in turn had gone on over the years to do the same thing for other women. She spotted potential in them and invested in them like she said I had in her. I was thrilled she reached out to let me know I had made that kind of impact. I would never have known otherwise!

  362. This is a great forum to learn new things and seek advice. I love being a member of Officeninjas!

  363. Motivational and fun video

  364. My boss sent virtual flowers for Admin Day and followed up with a phone call thanking me for support in setting up our virtual meetings.

  365. An old colleague just reached out to offer me a EA position, stating I was the best he had known. While I’m happy in my current role, I was very flattered to be considered.

  366. I recently moved on top of a deli with my boyfriend. Due to everything going on, the deli has limited hours, but we wanted to support his business by ordering a couple of sandwiches. We had already met the business owner, and upon arriving to grab our sandwiches, he told us it was on the house! He said it was a welcome gift from him. We were so excited for this sweet gesture; we had to shout out the deli on our Instagrams. Multiple friends saw the posts and stopped by within the week to order their sandwiches. We are looking forward to using them as our caterer.

  367. Happy Admin Week!

  368. Recently with all the vents of what has been going on, my landlord has now waived rent for April and May. I am fortunate to still go to work (essential, woo!) and therefore plan to use the money to help my in-laws who all got furloughed from Disney and to help support the local restaurants that are still running during this time.

  369. During this time of uncertainty, my boss, my teammates and my peers have all rallied around the Office Management team to ensure we feel supported as learn how to continue to be culture champions without physically being together. We’ve been provided the tools we need to ensure that we’re still adding value from our homes and have been encouraged to take this time to focus on professional and personal development — both areas that usually fall to the back burner during normal circumstances.

  370. The CEO I supported sat down across from me at my desk and said, “I just want to sit here and talk with you because you calm me.” I still reflect back on it to this day particularly when I am in stressful situations.

  371. My prior boss messaged me to wish me a happy admin day and check in onh family. He’s just a really thoughtful person.

  372. Since we started working from home, our President’s Executive Assistant set up a joint Team meetings for all of the administrative assistants. This gives us a chance to get to know each other better and work on issues we might have working from home.

  373. A retiring manager expressed to me that I was the emotional heart of the team. He is a man who does not give praise lightly. I really appreciated his sentiment.

  374. I’ve never worked under such an amazing manager. She’s not only taught me many kind and thoughtful gestures around the office, she has made it a culture in the company. From the first day you walk in the office she hands over a box of mini welcome cupcakes to go around and meet the staff, to the very last goodbye with her delicious overnight chocolate chip cookies. The amount shes done around the office with her incredible gift of giving I can never “pay it forward”, but I try daily to assure her that I am always available with a helping hand, a quick sanity reassurance and letting her know we will conquer each task together. Shes done so much not only for me, but for the company which makes it difficult to name one gesture alone. One kind gesture I have done to give back to her was giving an egift card to Sephora to help her achieve her goal of becoming a Rouge Beauty Insider, super small gesture that I dont think compares to all shes done for others.

  375. After a long but successful annual meeting, the partners at my firm surprised the administrative staff with a day at the spa! It felt so nice to have my hard work recognized. I felt valued and appreciated not only as an employee, but as a person.

    I pay it forward by putting in the extra effort where I see opportunity to help. For example, whenever we have a birthday, I decorate the office and order their favorite meal for lunch. We end celebrations by munching on their favorite cake!

  376. Sherri @ Maxim Integrated.

    I with out a second thought stepped up to help a co worker in time of need when she was out sick. She kindly sent me a big box of specialty grocery items to make my own pasta. That was much more than i expected but felt a Thank you goes a long way.
    I try to say thank you with a hand written note and a pack of “Extra” gum letting them know i appreciate them going that “Extra ” mile

  377. One of my team members took on the role to send all the assistants on our team an Administrative Assistants gift that has arrived for us it was nice to be surprised and not be the assistant to select and deliver the gift. I will surprise them with an onsite lunch when SIP is over.

  378. I have a slack channel with other admin assistants and we always help each other, when I needed help to test something for an all hands, they jumped to the chance at helping me and I try to do the same whenever they need something. #runtogether

  379. Three days before the COVID crisis really hit the fan and sent us remote I accepted a fantastic new job and gave notice. My two supervisors really worked with me to meet the company’s revised start date and were genuinely happy for me. The second day of being remote the offer was rescinded late at night. I was heartbroken and could hardly hold back the tears when I called my 2 supers the next morning to tell them. I also told the only coworker that knew I was interviewing and that afternoon she surprised me with a beautiful flower arrangement on my doorstep, and a Max Lucado book of encouraging words. I was touched beyond belief. Two weeks later her husband became ill with COVID19 and was admitted to our hospital. I returned the gesture by bringing her a hot meal to the hospital for dinner, and a small cooler with 3 days of pre-made meals so she could eat without thinking about it. Just like we care for each other at work when we’re in need, we can care for each other in times of personal need.

  380. Someone introduced me to Scheduling Privilege in Zoom so I updated and gave the information to the other EAs and admin assistants with my own screenshots and instructions. Glad I could help them and look forward to paying it forward more in the future!

  381. My love language is words of affirmation – I’ve been receiving much kudos for hosting Shenanigans Hour (happy hour), initiating virtual Coffee w/Leaders (peer to leader 15/30min video chats), sending handwritten birthday cards, and finding other creative ways to connect teammates while we’re all remote! Thank you, Team! You have my heart!

  382. I was given a Venmo gift from the team as I took off on maternity leave. They had planned a surprise baby shower but our office closed just a few days before we could celebrate! It’s always nice to be reminded how much people care about you. :)

  383. To my surprise, my manager recognized me in our virtual all-staff meeting as being a source of uplifting messages and invaluable support during the Covid-19 teleworking phase. That was unexpected and appreciated.

  384. I was recently given kudos for sending our team cookies from our favorite local cookie shop last week. The team was genuinely surprised and grateful.

  385. One of my co-workers sent me puppy pictures to brighten my day while in WFH mode.

    I plan to send my fellow EA a note that I am thinking about them during this time.

  386. My friend Molly saw my facebook post last week when I had a meltdown over 5+ weeks of isolation & no human touch, Her kiddos make me virtual hugs & mailed them to me!

  387. My co-worker sent me two bottles of wine for Admin Professionals Day! She is lovely and it’s a joy to work with her. I’m sending our EA team bags of coffee for admin professionals day.

  388. I was recently gifted with an Amazon Gift certificates as a thank you for participating in a virtual work event. I plan to continue to put forth best efforts in all that I do like the proud Office Ninja that I am! Thank you for always bringing the positivity and fun! It’s especially helpful during times like these.

  389. Love your site and the articles I read on it are always helpful! Thanks for honoring us!

    1. I have received holiday presents from colleagues in the past. I pay it forward by alerting other admins of networking & training opportunities via my own FB page.

  390. My toddler and I got the flu together while my husband was out of town. My insanely sweet fellow Ninja asked me for a grocery list, picked all of it up, and delivered it to my door. It was beyond helpful and made me feel so lucky to have such an amazing person looking out for me.

  391. One of the best things that has happened is one of my colleagues (that has turned into a wonderful friend!) has organized a weekly ‘Sanity Check’ for the admins in our building! We get together and have a 30 minute – 1 hr Microsoft Teams Meeting every Friday afternoon and it’s be so great to see everyone’s face and check in with each other :).

    To pay it forward, I’ve been sending old fashioned letters and care packages! Just the other day I was able to send one of my coworkers a few packets of yeast because I had some extra and she wanted to bake a loaf of bread :). Thank you so much for holding this raffle!

  392. Love the OfficeNinjas team!

  393. This is an awesome platform to be involved with especially during this unprecedented time in our nations history

  394. My fellow Admins are all very kind. I started this job in December and they have backed me up every step of the way. They’ve made me feel at home from day one. Lately though, with having to work from home, one of my coworkers sent all of us admins an email just to check up on us. I unloaded my struggles with the kids’ homeschooling while trying to manage the rush of work I got after all of this went down. It was such a relief to have some one to talk to who also knows your work environment. Her action just made me realize what one email is capable of. I have been making sure to email any one I talk to and ask how they are doing. I get some quick answers and some long. lol Even the smallest of actions can make such a big difference in 1 person’s life. :)

  395. A member of our team put together some great resources for activities for teams working from home to do together. It was super helpful. I took that info, added onto it and shared the resource out with my larger team in a format that they could easily add on to once they discovered new ideas. My colleague’s good ideas are snowballing into a great central community resource for our teams during this time.

  396. Someone from my team sent me coffee via a delivery service because my coffee maker is on the fritz.

  397. Something nice that management has done for me recently is to continue to call and email and make sure that me and my loved ones are alright during this pandemic. We’re in New York City and our office has been closed since the second week of March and stay-at-home orders have meant that no one has seen each other in over a month. Despite these unprecedented times, management has still taken time out to make sure that I’m alright through all of this. To me, that shows just how another level of care and concern.

  398. I love Office Ninjas! Thank you for all of the support and information!

  399. My coworkers publicly thanked me on slack for organizing virtual social events and it was just a sweet way to spread the love! As a way of paying it back, I make sure to shout out on slack when I see folks going the extra mile!

  400. My GM/CEO and our HR Manager have both reached out to make sure WFH is going well and if I need anything since home is in a different town than the office. I have in turn reached out to other co-workers to “check-in” on them to make sure they are holding up ok while out of the office environment.

  401. I have a specific co-worker who makes it a point to give everyone a compliment everyday. She is typically one of the first individuals I see each day. The compliments are simple “great shoes, that color is nice on you, you did great on X yesterday.” It’s such a nice way to start the day. Now that we are telecomuting i would like to make a point of paying the compliments forward via our office electronic communications.

  402. My new boss made it clear he values me and the work I do. This makes me feel, well…, valued. I try to make sure I pay it forward by letting the people I work with know I value them and what they do.

  403. Two of my colleagues sent me a Moscow Mule kit last week. It was completely unexpected and totally made my day. I sent them each a box of treats with a little thank you note. It’s fun to give an receive surprises, especially when we’re all stuck at home.

  404. Flowers for no reason from my boss :) always thoughtful and the best type of “work reminder” to have in your house! I used our team building budget to send a surprise swag item to each member of our team so they had a fun gift to look forward to as well.

  405. Thank you for being here for us.

  406. In my company, the EA team collaborates closely, which makes it possible to back each other up when one or more of us plan to be out of the office. In February of this year, another EA was able to step in and contain a business crisis when it erupted while I was away on vacation with only limited online & phone access. Such actions foster greater cohesion among the EAs and encourages me to always share information and to involve my fellow EAs in my process & systems of getting things done.

  407. My coworkers have just been super flexible and accommodating with each other – when someone needs something rescheduled, when we’re feeling overwhelmed from the remote work, or when we’re feeling kind of lonely and need a smile – someone has stepped up to help or do what they can. I am honored to work with such fine people!

  408. Really enjoying the articles and suggestions being made by other members. Being separated from the team has been challenging, but rewarding in many ways. Pushing through the obstacles and finding alternative ways to communicate, participate and meet goals has been rewarding. Looking forward to being back onsite to share new strategies. Thank you for this opportunity.

  409. Officeninja is something I enjoy reading through FaceBook. The tips and personal stories lets me know, I am not alone in life’s challenges.

  410. THIS! “The people. More specifically, seeing “my people” succeed. My motto is, “My co-workers are my clients,” and I get that proud mama feeling every time they close a deal, impress their client, run a successful training session for colleagues, or get on a “Best Places to Work” list.”

    That’s exactly how I feel at my job. I’m the mama bear and I’ll do whatever I can to help my coworkers, whether that’s a conversation, a hug, getting the job done or simply listening. Every interaction matters.

  411. Really good things being shared; I am sharing with other admins in my College

  412. A colleague recently checked in to see how I’m doing during the “WFH” phase most of us are in. I greatly appreciate someone checking on me. I send emails every 3-4 weeks to see how people are doing, offering any help or assistance where I can. I feel people truly appreciate a “just checking on you email” vs a “do this or do that” email. :-)

  413. During the first week of SIP, my new manager sent me a “Thank You” gift directly to my house (a journal, a candle, and a trinket bowl). This week, I mailed to each member of my team a thank you card with a little gift in each. #spreadlove

  414. This morning, our PTO shared a video with our school community and one of the parents gave a special shout out to me for helping calm her and answer her questions about COVID19 and remote learning. It’s nice to know parents see my efforts as helpful during this stressful time. I mostly work behind the sciences with teachers and their technology issues, but now I get to help parents as well. Teachers are learning quickly and can pass along my instructions too. It’s a win for everyone.

  415. It’s the little things that make my day. I am currently doing my job and filling in as interim Administrative Assistant for another division. The faculty and adjunct know how big of a lift this is and their emails always acknowledge my communication and great job I am doing. This morning I received a “Thanks for all you are doing for us” with a cute Administrative Professional Day picture. Our VP thanked me for filling in and commended me on my teamwork for the college. All of this makes me smile and feel appreciated.

  416. My boss is in NYC and he continually checks in on me- every day just quick “How are you doing?” and over the weekend even makes sure I am doing something so I am not losing my mind during these trying times. He has his own kids and a crazy life in NYC and I feel so blessed to have someone that cares about my daily mental health. I plan to send him a card and thank you note/small gift.

  417. Before he leaves every day, my manager makes it a point to say “Thanks for the help!” He’s done it since the day I’d started with the company.

  418. I have been in complete awe for weeks now with everyone from work. During unprecedented times where it required massive adjustments in everyones life, we were to hold our annual SKO, virtually now. Lots of Hosts, Guest Speakers, Panelists, breakout sessions etc etc. which meant instead of holding it live we now had to do it virtually. I can’t begin to say how proud I am of everyone involved in SKO but the entire company. We did a virtual company Kick-off , that most of the company attended. We did the Sales Kick Off that *everyone* attended, and whilst it wasn’t in person, we felt the energy through every single day. 3 separate days flawlessly executed. I have always known I can do anything with the support of my team, but now, more than ever :)

  419. I’ve spent the last month or so working from home with a very lovable but high maintenance co-worker, my 3-year-old daughter. I was so thrilled one morning to find that a friend had left a big tub on our front porch with a bubble machine, encouraging notes, and cleaning supplies (of course). The instructions were to have some fun with it and then pass it on to another family to enjoy! We inflated the bounce house, blared “Bare Necessities” and cranked out those bubbles to create a very memorable moment for our little family. We’ll be dropping it off on a friend’s porch later today to help spread the joy!

  420. When I pay it back forward to say thank you everyday to our service workers, grocery stores, truck drivers, teachers and hospitals during this [email protected] order.

  421. One of the guys in my office has chickens and knows my daugher is trying to eat organic. So he brings her eggs once a week to our office. In return she knows send him all of our leftover fruits and vegetables as they are going bad to feed the chickens. Its a pretty great exchange between them.

  422. My director and manager have really ensured our team is safe and treated well during this time. Our company is on WFH but we are still needed to come in at times to make sure things like mail and shipping is being handled, the plants haven’t died, and the fridges haven’t gotten a mind of their own. I wouldn’t say it was unexpected, but it caught me off guard given the way jobs have treated me in the past! To pay it forward, I’ve been looking at ways to streamline productivity for myself once I’m back in the office to more fully support my manager and team.

  423. The colleague bought me a gift card. I plan to buy my team gift cards for Admin Day.

  424. My coworkers gifted me with a gift card for a massage after I completed planning, organizing and implementing a major remodel of our office suite. It was a lot of work and felt great to be recognized. I am hoping we can continue to streamline processes and find ways to connect with each other in the new, great space!

  425. Since I am virtual and we get a lot of clients by referrals , I forwarded some information to my client about 2 opportunities, and if either of them signs on, not only do I get the work that goes with it, but I also get an extra $100.

  426. not exactly what the question means, but day 1 and day 2 gave me unexpected ideas to incorporate. i have already found a lot of inspiration, and that is really nice. paying it forward: i share things i learn with co-workers in other departments so they to can get ideas, and maybe even lead them to office ninjas. Currently i have a co-worker that is pretty stressed. i offer suggestions when asked, and offer my support and assistance even when not asked. It could be with the assignment, or asking them to take a quick 5 min walk/break with me. if they say no, i bring them a cup of tea/coffee and chocolate/hard candy.

  427. My manager is giving me a day off with pay to show appreciation to me for Admin Pro Day!

  428. Our entire team has really been going above and beyond to keep the team connected and show acts of kindness during this WFH time. Two words we have used a lot in the past 5 weeks have been “patience” and “grace”. My manager has been very aware of the difficulties of trying to work from home especially if there are kids around or someone is sharing a home working space with a partner. I’m so glad she has extended that patience and grace to me as I work through sharing parenting duties with my husband as we both try to work. She has been leading by example and it’s making it so much easier for us to each then extend that same patience and grace to others on our team. This kindness is contagious.

  429. Our leadership has been incredibly supportive, understanding, and doing its best to make sure everyone comes through this unscathed and still employed.

  430. We have transitioned to using a program called MS Teams. One of my coworkers and I have been working closely for a 3 day event that is taking place now. I caught an error and let him know about it and just the sincere Thank You I received made my day better. I came from an office where thank you’s were given but they felt like an automatic response and I didn’t feel like they were truly meant. I have been with my new organization now for over a year and I feel like we truly care about each other.

  431. I was recently awarded one of our company’s quarterly awards – Genuine Giver – during our last all staff meeting. I plan to pay it forward by continuing to give back, especially to my colleagues during these unprecedented times. I sent a Starbucks gift card to one of my colleagues last week to let her know that I’ve been thinking of her and hope she’s hanging in there.

  432. I am currently working from due to the pandemic and my manager delivered a company t-shirt over the weekend to show her appreciation.

  433. During our current quarantine- one of my teammates rode her bike around town bringing fresh baked cookies to several fellow employees! It was such a fun surprise and a great chance for her to get some exercise!

  434. My husband’s company sent out Visa GC to all of their employees as a thank you for keep the productivity up while working from home. In a climate where many are being laid off, it was great to see that companies can show that they truly care and are in touch.

  435. A colleague remembers that my birthday is coming up and sent a surprise over to my home :)

  436. My employer has been doing daily video briefings first thing in the morning as a way to bring us together and that kind of compassionate leadership means a lot in this new era. I’ve tried to check in with my co-workers and get feedback or give mine to make sure we all still have dialog and that others aren’t getting overwhelmed by so much solitude.

  437. My manager has been extremely supportive during shelter-in-place. It’s been tough making this adjustment as an office manager because my duties are very limited and with such a small facilities team, I haven’t interacted too much with anyone else. She’s been working closely to help me think of projects to take on as well as assisting other departments as needed. Also, gave me the opportunity to use online resources to continue my growth. It’s great to know she’s as invested in my career and learning as I am!

  438. One of my colleagues put together a video to show how much their leaders appreciate them for Administrative Professionals Day! She was extremely creative and took time outside of the work day to complete it.

  439. The managing partner recently sent me a self-care spa package that included a bottle of wine, spa bath salts, a candle and a recommended playlist. He knows that I am juggling working from home with two children which is the ultimate Ninja challenge at the moment. I appreciated his kind gesture and it truly brightened my day. I put the gift basket to immediate use and was able to unwind and take a moment to breath and relax.

    As an Office Ninja, my role is even more of a challenge now that WFH is the new norm. Each day I commit to trying to be innovative and realistic about how to manage operational needs and understanding the pulse of the teams while working remotely.

    After receiving the spa gift basket from the Managing Partner, I thought why don’t we send gift baskets to all of our employees as a way of saying thanks and hang in there while we get through this. Virtual happy hours and games were a great way for people to socially check-in but I realized what was missing was putting a smile on people’s face during this time.

    I’m paying this kind gesture forward by sending all of my team members gift packages during this time as a check-in to put a smile on their face and to say hang in there.

  440. My employer has been very understanding in allowing us to be flexible in the hours we work from home during this pandemic. They understand that we all have our own families and needs to attend to, and they allow us to work as much or as little as we can. They put their employees first. I’m so lucky to be part of such a supportive group!

  441. I was struck by how difficult it was to think of a response to this. I immediately thought of two instances…that were both two+ years ago. But then I relized it doesn’t need to ab a whole gesture, the small things can mean even more. One of my coworkers asks before bringing up a project if I have the bandwiodth for it before even mentioning what it is. As someone who eagerly takes on any project and has a really hard time saying no it is super helpful to have someone ask that first so that I can both think about what work I am already doing and have an opportunity to say no without feeling badly about it. That simple question means so much and I plan to pay it forward by integrating that question “Do you have the bandwidth for ….” into my regular life

  442. My employer made hand made hand sanitizer for us for when we go out to our jobsites. in return I’m helping to make masks with her to give to our employees

  443. My manager has been very supportive of my work needs while working from home. She’s gone out of her way to ensure I am able to perform at my best. In addition, she checks in to ensure all is well at home. Her added personal connection during this time and thoughtfulness is terrific. I try to pay it forward by doing the same with coworkers in terms of checking in with them and seeing how they are.

  444. in this time of Change … We get to create Our Change!

  445. I have been working from home with two small kiddos. It’s beyond hard to balance everything. My counterpart at work Ericka has been so helpful picking up my slack and always being a friendly ear.

  446. Acknowledgement of a job well done is always rewarding

  447. Being new to the company, Sam has been just one of the amazing resources in our Administrative Services Team. Always helpful with giving direction and information when I have a question. I look forward to working with her in the future.

  448. Nickla goes above and beyond to be sure the departments in her division run seamlessly, specifically the administrative support. She will always give a lending hand and will hold it if needed. Thank you Nickla!

  449. Not long ago, I temporarily relocated to AUS to help start up two new offices. When COVID started impacting international flights and the decision was made for me to leave the country and head home, my manager there rallied to pack up my business apartment, distribute my groceries and things I didn’t need to pack to fellow teammates who didn’t have cars during this tough time, found and booked flights on my behalf so I could focus on packing and did so for my colleague who was doing the same. We were on a flight within 10 hours of the decision being made. There was so much support and comfort during a chaotic and sad time — particularly because our work wasn’t done. He (and his wife) ensured we didn’t have to worry about anything — they even forwarded packages back to us in the US that were delivered after we had left. The kind gesture reassured me that even in a chaotic time for the world, my colleagues and teammates around the globe are there for one another. I sent them a huge thank you, and plan to pay it forward by always taking great care of those who visit us and extending anything I can to help make others feel at home no matter the world circumstance. I’m never too busy for that.

  450. My boss sent me an appreciation/ thank you card with a Starbucks gift card to my home address during this pandemic. It was completely a surprise and cheered me up greatly.
    I paid it forward in buying my teacher friend a coffee too when I went and delivered to her door (6ft distancing and all).

  451. Throughout all of this, my team has been responsible for trying to keep everyone across our global offices as connected and supported as possible. Figuring out new types of ‘events’, giving every office a place to catch-up during a ‘virtual lunch’ in place of our usual catered lunch, virtual workouts, etc. A lot of my time and focus has been on making sure everyone else is connected but this has been a really isolating time. My manager has been amazing at checking in every day, sending funny videos, memes, and just being there to talk about not work related things. It’s been really great and helpful to have that support and I think that’s so important to have with your teammates in general, and this time has really shown that I do have that with mine and I am so lucky to work where I do. I plan on paying it forward by making sure all of our employees celebrating quarantine birthdays and work anniversaries feel celebrated and appreciated with little gifts and shoutouts.

  452. I received an email last week that said Congratulations in the subject and as I opened it and read it… to my surprise a co-worker from another site office had nominated me for an Excellence Award that our company was having for 2019 and it would be announced in May of this year. She nominated me for the Leadership award for all my support and help not with just her but with all the admins that work in our division from all the sites in the US. I felt so honored. It really caught my breath to read all the kind things, it brought tears. I love my job as an admin and my desire is for all of the admins I work with, to be successful in what they do for their managers and teams. If I can help in anyway, I want to be available to them. They don’t realize how much they have helped me too! If I win, I want to have the prize go to her, Theresa Canez!

  453. Trish, I LOVED seeing the view of Chicago from your office!

  454. Working from home during this pandemic, my mother-in-law, who lives with us, offered to make me breakfast. She never cooks normally, but knew I was having a particularly hectic week. I plan on treating her with a ladies lunch on Friday, while inviting her friends to Zoom in.

  455. During this SIP, Admins have been tasked with redefining new strategies for workflows and resources. I just launched a new in-house SharePoint site today with resources and links to new procedures!

  456. I supported a cohort by adding a LinkedIn recommendation to her profile.

  457. I had been working on a small project with one of my teammates updating our team’s intranet webpage. When we were finished I was pleasantly surprised when my manager shared the update with our executive management team. It was so nice to be recognized and hear the positive feedback coming from upper management.

  458. My supervisor has been very supportive of me working from home and to be flexible with my time.
    She was so kind to send me a caring e-card as I was having difficulty with toggling homeschooling and work.

  459. Another EA made sure I was in a really great EA slack networking group after we “met” on a zoom webinar. I paid it forward by also recommending an EA professional development resource to her!

  460. During last semester I had a family situation that make me be absent at my office for two months. My duties were cover every day for persons that want to help me and understand the importance of the service. The call me, send me messenges of support, this help me a lot. When I returned to work I confirm and understand that we are a family. My coworkers are always taking care of each other.

  461. I got a new job, and upon leaving, the entire office took me out to lunch. On top of that, right before I left the office, I found out that everyone had pooled together to get me a going away gift. While I was excited to move on to a new venture, it made me even more sad to leave those wonderful people. People are what make an office great, and we need to work hard to ensure they have a great place to work. It’s a group effort.

  462. I am part of a network of EAs and we all get together on happy hour calls. So nice to have support from my company and my external network as well. We all motivate each other and check in to make sure everyone is doing ok. So grateful to be a part of such an amazing group of people.

  463. My coworkers have been so supportive during this time and reach out to me to make sure I am doing alright. I think everyone is taking that extra step to be kind and join together. I hope that we all continue to be this supportive when all of this is over.

  464. In the new times of WFH being an Admin has changed. Being in the office you are around everyone going a mile a min and helping everyone around you. Your days always end going by way too fast. Now that we are working from home my days seem to have slowed down. I’ve noticed all my projects are done first thing in the morning and few meetings here and there. Not being at the office and helping people has really gotten me down and its been hard. I’ve been able to find that work/home life balance. But iI’m used to fast pace and slowing down is and adjustment. This last week I had one day with no meetings. I received a zoom request from one of our Directors from a different department. When I logged in she had a few other employees and had a surprise coffee date. They let me know how much they missed me and wanted to let me know that even know I’m not in the office that they still appreciate all my hard work.

  465. Before we were officially on lockdown, I had to stop by the office before a dentist appointment. One of my coworkers was in the office and she gave me an incredibly thoughtful gift. Her reasoning was that we might not see each other on Administrative Professionals Day and she wanted to make sure I got my gift. It was so unexpected since it was over a month in advance and such a kind gesture. That act of appreciation inspires me to continue to do the best I can to support my executives and my coworkers.

  466. My leaders have been supportive through these times as I have needed flexibility to manage new priorities with family, home-time and work all getting mixed up together. Knowing that I have their trust & support to wok as needed/when needed has reduced any stress I might have been feeling, and and allowed me to be more fluid in my choices.

  467. Giving me a firm recommendation to take some time off. Let’s be honest, the work at work never stops and it can be challenging to find the right time to take a vacation. I’m a goal oriented person and sometimes won’t stop until it is completed. A couple of months back, I had spent several months prepping for a massive company wide system transition. Once everything was said and done with, my boss firmly recommended that I take some time off to recharge and rest up. It was a simple gesture that helped me feel like my work was recognized. Going forward, I plan to keep this experience in mind and give others the gentle nudge to focus on themselves as well.

  468. My managers were very supportive of me taking hours off during the early onset of our shelter-in-place so I could visit my grandmother at her senior home before they had a lock down. My fella Ninja took care of needs while I was out. The smile on my grandmothers face to see me was priceless. I am very fortunate to have supportive managers and co-workers during this difficult time.

  469. Our ExComm leaders recognized our admin network today for all the support we’ve provided and especially for stepping up and making everything work in spite of the current work from home situations. I plan to pay it forward by taking extra time to also show appreciation to our admin network so they also feel appreciated and valued by their peers. When we are back in the office I am going to host an appreciation lunch.

  470. I had to go out for brain surgery last year, my boss sent out an email to everyone I work with asking if they would donate gifts to get me threw my recovery. She said I’m one of the most positive people in the office and does so much for everyone. I was surprised when she showed up on my door with gifts. I was advised I could only open one a day. It’s nice to know that what I do around the office is appreciated.

  471. I’d actually like to shout out our entire team! Though we are working remotely, everyone has been making the effort to still “join each other” during lunch (via VC), we’ve been sharing uplifting and humorous stories via Slack, and so much more on top of our daily priorities.

  472. it’s been quiet working from home, so it has been nice to have a zoom from fellow co-workers.

  473. As an office manager, the last few weeks added a lot of new factors to organize and manage that have never happened before. I was struggling to keep the office afloat while being pulled in so many directions (story of office ninjas’ lives). It has meant a lot when another staff member had time to do a sanitizing round for me, so I didn’t have to be pulled from the office. Our facility has remained open as an essential pediatric medical facility, and I am thankful for the teamwork we have displayed during all these ups and downs of the last month. To repay the favor, I try to be as supportive as I can be right now. I try to be that listening ear or other person to relate with in order to keep the staff in a better mindset and helpful foster a more positive environment.

  474. Our CEO recognized our hardwork and took us out to dinner.