Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day is coming right up!  Wednesday, April 23 is the official holiday to show a little extra appreciation to your administrative support team.  If one day isn’t enough, you can celebrate the whole week of April 21-25.  That means it is time for Catalyst Ranch’s Annual Cubicle Makeover Contest!  The winner of the contest will receive a Catalyst Ranch style transformation of his or her cubicle.  Our design team will take the workspace of one lucky Administrative Assistant from drab to fab, infusing color, whimsy, and personality into his or her workspace!

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If you’ve ever held an administrative support position . . .

you know that Administrative Assistants are the unsung heroes of the workplace; they work tirelessly so their bosses can look like superstars.  They make a significant impact, but since a lot of their work is done behind the scenes, Administrative Professionals are often overlooked.  These Jacks and Jills of all trades keep everything running smoothly as they answer phones, keep files in order, book travel arrangements, attend important functions on behalf of their bosses, and sometimes even assist with personal errands such as dry-cleaning or pet grooming appointments.  If your Administrative Assistant has ever reminded you that it was your anniversary and bought a gift for your wife, you might consider doing more than sending an e-card.

Thank You Gifts

How often do you say thank you to your secretary, receptionist, go-to-gal, right hand man, personal assistant, second brain, scribe, or your administrative support staff?  April 23rd is your chance to recognize all of their hard work and let them know how valued they are.  You could send a card, take your Admin out to lunch, or purchase an inspiring successory like a stack of post-it notes bearing a picture of a waterfall and the word “Teamwork.”  OR you could give a gift that lasts!  Give the gift of a personalized work environment that is cheerful and inspiring!  Your assistant will be skipping to work every day, excited about spending another day in a fabulous re-designed cubicle.

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Nominate Your Assistant!

Do a good deed and nominate your assistant, co-worker, or yourself! to win the Catalyst Ranch Cubicle Makeover Contest (a $1500 value!)  Here are the instructions:

1.)    Send an email to with the words “Inspire Me to New Heights” in the subject line.  Amber will reply back with a Top Secret Inspiration Word.

2.)    Use the Top Secret Inspiration Word as the creative seed to find or make something for your assistant’s desk that he or she will find inspiring. Snap a photo. Send it to Amber along with your name, title, company, and telephone number

3.)    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! You are now entered in the contest.

Entries will be accepted through Friday, April 18th.

In the meantime, don’t forget to show your appreciation year-round!  Sometimes a genuine “Thank You” at the end of the day is enough!  What is the best or worst Administrative Professionals Day Gift you have ever received?  Sound off in the comments section below!