• Thank Your Employees!

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    This year Administrative Professionals Week, also known as Professional Secretaries Week, is April 24-30. It's a time to recognize and support your staff for their accomplishments and contributions to your corporate success.

    Research from Texas A&M University reveals one gift of appreciation in particular that will naturally lift an employee's mood, create a lasting memory and boost productivity. The research demonstrates that flowers and plants enhance people's ability to generate ideas and solve problems.

    "Our study shows that adding flowers and plants to a work environment can be very meaningful to businesses in the modern economy," said Roger Ulrich, Ph.D., lead Texas A&M researcher. "People's productivity, innovation and creative problem solving, improved - which in certain circumstances could mean the difference between mild and great business success."

    Rebecca Cole, author of Flower Power and host of Discovery Channel's Surprise by Design offers an additional perspective. "Giving flowers is a loud, proud, sophisticated way of saying ‘I appreciate all you do.' They're a great way to build a strong, lasting professional relationship," said Cole.

    But why stop there? Want a way to brighten the atmosphere in your office, all year round? Consider setting up a weekly arrangement and enjoy the beauty all year long.

    Karen Fountain, AAF, is the second generation owner of Flowers 'n' Ferns in Burke, Virginia. Her parents opened their first flower shop in 1975 in Springfield, Virginia. In her "free time" Karen serves as the 2016 president of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Her father Larry Denholm served on the Chamber's board in the 1980's.
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