Janine Bender, Administrative Assistant

What is your title and what do you do at 1-800-Flowers? How long have you been with the company? What do you like best about your job? My title is Administrative Assistant. I assist Julie Mulligan, SVP Merchandising, Product Development and Photography at 1-800-Flowers.com. I have been with the company for 2 and a half years. What I like best about my job is experiencing all the creative juices flowing throughout the teams—the brainstorming, developing and execution of all the truly original arrangements! Since this is our special Administrative Professionals Week edition of the Employee Spotlight, what do you love most about your job? The nature of the business—flowers! I also like that I get to interact with all the brands, teams, coworkers and other administrative assistants. It is never static. I never know what each day will bring!
Smiles and laughter are contagious.
At 1-800-Flowers we’re all about creating truly original arrangements. What is your favorite truly original arrangement to receive for Administrative Professionals Week? Thanks-A-Latte™! It is a clever name for a cute arrangement. And who doesn’t love a latte to get your work day started, and a “Thank You” balloon that lets you know you’re appreciated. 1-800-Flowers’ main mission is to deliver smiles. What makes you smile at work? Being a cubicle dweller, you can’t help but overhear all the goings on. I hear a lot of funny conversations and banter between coworkers. Smiles and laughter are contagious Tell us your favorite work story. I can’t think of a particular story, however, the day we had to evacuate the building due to the earthquake was quite the experience! What is the most valuable thing you have learned about flowers and plants during your time here? It’s more interesting than valuable—that tulips continue to grow once they are cut and put in water! What is your favorite flower or plant and why? Lilacs—I love the scent, and they remind me of my childhood.
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