I used to have a wonderful boss who gave us mini potted roses on Administrative Professionals Day. For her, I always got at least a card. My current boss doesn't seem to even like to acknowledge any appreciation for the admin people, so I'm not doing anything for Boss' Day.I had a boss who gave the APs big gifts on AP day (one year it was $50 gift certificates, another year an extra vacation day). He was mystified that the rest of us did not have enhanced morale from seeing 5-6 employees getting gifts when we never got anything- after all, there just wasn't a holiday for the job titles the rest of us held, so how could we possibly believe we should get gifts, too? He was also mystified that we didn't acknowledge Boss's Day.
I used to work for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and they were very big on employee morale and “working hard and playing harder.” We were told about this exciting thing that was scheduled to occur during the annual picnic, how much fun and memorable it would be, and it would be a crowd-pleaser that would inspire all of us to work even harder and reap all the benefits of this great company.
The day of the picnic arrives and the exciting thing is?!?!? Watching a co-worker parachute into the picnic area. The co-worker was certified to jump by himself and yeah, it was sorta cool but I didn’t understand how it was fun and/or memorable for anyone else.
The area managers kept asking everyone, “Wasn’t that awesome?! So much fun for everyone! Don’t you just loooove working here?!” I was told that I had a bad attitude/lack of team spirit because I replied that the only person who benefitted from the great big fun was Gary, the guy who jumped from the plane.
They were big on Bosses’ Day too.
Now I work for a man who gets embarrassed when we simply send him an e-card telling him that he’s the bestest boss ever, yet insists on taking his team out for a very nice lunch on his own dime for Administrative Professionals Day.