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4 Meaningful Appreciation Ideas for National Receptionist Day

National Receptionist Day is celebrated on the second Wednesday in May. This year, go above and beyond with meaningful gestures that show your reception services employees how much they mean to your whole team.

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National Receptionist Day is a day dedicated to recognizing how important receptionists are in the workplace. It's celebrated on the second Wednesday in May each year. The day was first established in 1991 by the National Receptionists Association, which has since become the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

The day is an opportunity for employers and colleagues to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of their receptionists, who are often the first person of contact for clients, customers, and visitors. In the U.S., there are over a million receptionists nationwide, with a majority working in legal and medical offices.

This May, don't miss the chance to show your receptionists how much they mean to the office. Read on for some heartfelt ways to say thank you for the role your receptionists play in your office environment.

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Here are some great ideas to celebrate National Receptionists Day with your team:

1. Throw a thank you lunch๐Ÿด

Everyone loves a free lunch! This National Receptionist Day, gather the whole team for a celebratory thank you lunch, even if it's over a video call. Here are some tips on how to organize a successful virtual thank you lunch:

  1. Choose the platform: Select a video conferencing platform that your team is comfortable with, like Zoom or Google Meets.
  2. Send invitations: Send out invitations to the lunch, including the time, date, and link to the video call. Encourage everyone to attend, and let them know that you will be providing lunch for them!
  3. Coordinate lunch delivery: Coordinate lunch delivery with a local restaurant or delivery service. You can either arrange to have the meals delivered to everyone's homes or provide them with a gift card to order their own lunch.
  4. Prepare a thank you speech: Take some time during lunch to express your gratitude to your receptionist with a thank you speech that highlights all their hard work and contributions to the company.
  5. Create a personalized gift: Give a personalized thank you gift to your receptionist. This could be something as simple as a handmade card or video message from the whole team, a gift card for coffee, or something else special that your receptionists will enjoy!
How to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Treat your receptionists to a Lunch Party!
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2. Relaxation Class ๐Ÿƒ

Consider celebrating the day by planning a relaxation class for your receptionists and their colleagues.

In a virtual relaxation class, your receptionists will learn how to consciously alleviate the physical symptoms of stress, anxiety, and other problems that accumulate in our daily lives. An expert host will teach them how to use relaxation techniques to quiet the mind and relax the muscles of the body in order to feel more peaceful and energized, through guided exercises. Plus, participants will also get answers on how to start their own relaxation practice and incorporate these exercises into their daily routines.

This class is a great way to help your receptionist reduce stress and anxiety and improve their overall well-being. A relaxation class is also an opportunity for your receptionist to learn new skills and techniques for managing stress and anxiety, which can help them to become more effective in their role and better able to cope with the demands of their job. By organizing a relaxation class for your receptionist, you can contribute to creating a positive work environment, where employees feel valued and appreciated.

How to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Stress less with a Relaxation Class!

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3. Charcuterie Board Making Class ๐Ÿง€

Show your receptionists how much they mean to you by planning a fun and interactive activity that will help them unwind and relax at the end of the workday, like a Charcuterie Board Making Class!

In a virtual charcuterie class, your employees will learn how to create a showstopping charcuterie board using a provided kit. Beginning with an overview of the cheese-making process and the history of charcuterie boards, a live instructor will cover charcuterie board basics, including how to choose charcuterie meats and cheeses, detailed tasting notes on charcuterie board ingredients, and charcuterie board building โ€” with tips and ideas on how to make an aesthetically pleasing board.

A charcuterie board-making class is a great way to show appreciation to your administrative employees because it allows them to learn new skills, socialize with their colleagues, and unwind after a long day at work.

How to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Get ready for happy hour with a Charcuterie Board Making Class!
Virtual Charcuterie Board Making Class by Confetti

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4. Wellness Elixir Making Class ๐Ÿต

Everyone loves an end-of-the-day happy hour activity, but this time, how about giving your receptionists a non-alcoholic version with a Wellness Elixir Making Class?

In an Elixir-making class, a holistic nutritionist will introduce your employees to the world of superfoods, teas, and herbs, teach their health benefits, and how to prepare them at home. Participants will learn how to make three delicious and healthy plant-based elixir drinks, including the Good Mood Tea, the Spiced Elixir, and the Uplift Elixir. These drinks are packed with natural ingredients that help to boost mood, energy, and overall well-being, making them perfect to enjoy during work and whenever your employees are needing a feel-good pick-me-up.

Not only is the Wellness Elixir Making Class educational and informative, but it also provides a great opportunity for your employees to enjoy an interactive activity together. They can ask questions, chat, and enjoy their beverages together while building stronger relationships in the process.

How to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Give your receptionists a boost in a Wellness Elixir Making Class!
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Reward your receptionists with Confetti ๐ŸŽ‰

National Receptionist Day is a great opportunity to show appreciation for your receptionist and their contributions to the company. Whether it's through a small gift, organizing a thank-you lunch, or a team building event with the whole company, taking the time to show your gratitude can go a long way in boosting employee morale and creating a positive work environment and employee experience. Remember, a little goes a long way in building strong relationships with your team and creating a culture of appreciation and gratitude.ย 

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Frequently Asked Questions โ“

Why should you celebrate National Receptionist Day?

National Receptionist Day is an important occasion to recognize the vital role receptionists play in the workplace. As the first point of contact for clients, visitors, and colleagues, receptionists often set the tone for the entire organization. Celebrating this day not only acknowledges their hard work and dedication but also emphasizes the value they bring to the team and the company's overall success.

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How can I ensure that our National Receptionist Day celebration is meaningful and memorable?

To ensure a meaningful and memorable National Receptionist Day celebration, consider personalizing your appreciation to reflect the unique interests and preferences of your receptionists. Whether it's organizing a special event, giving thoughtful gifts, or arranging team building activities, the key is to show genuine appreciation and gratitude for their contributions in a way that resonates with them personally.

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How can we involve other colleagues in celebrating National Receptionists Day?

You can invite team members from different departments to contribute messages of appreciation, organize a group activity or game to show gratitude or encourage them to share personal anecdotes or stories highlighting the exceptional service provided by your receptionists.

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