I used to be part of a psychology department at my agency with four other psychologists. We had our own secretary who scheduled our appointments, administered the paper and pencil tests to our clients, scored our tests, and typed our reports.
I am now the only full time psychologist at our agency. We lost our secretary position, and my departmental support staff duties have been divvied up between the remaining support staff. I rely on one person to schedule my evaluations, one to type my letters, one to score my tests, and two others who take turns typing my evaluations. I administer all my own tests now. They all do a great job and I am grateful for each one.
It is Administrative Assistants Day on April 25. That means that I need to do something special for all five of the people who take such good care of me. If there is one thing I have learned in the nineteen years I have worked at my agency, it is that it is really important to keep the support staff happy and let them know how much they are appreciated. They work hard and keep things going. I complained to our assistant regional director that it really isn’t fair that I have so many administrative assistants to keep happy when some people only have one. She just laughed at me. I have decided to bake four kinds of shortbread for them. Husband decided that he had people on the reservation to thank for the administrative work they do for him, so he decided it would be just the thing if I made a chocolate cheesecake that he could take up with him, along with any of the shortbread that I don’t bring to work. It is a good thing I like to bake. I know he appreciates it.
How do you show people you appreciate them? How have people let you know they appreciate you? When haven’t you been appreciated?