Administrative Professionals Day will mark its 60th anniversary on Wednesday, April 25. Held annually usually during the last full week of April, the observance acknowledges secretaries and administrative assistants/support all over theUnited States.
The day was originally organized in 1952 as “National Secretaries Week” by the National Secretaries Association (now commonly known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals) alongside public relations executive Harry Klemfuss and a group of office product manufacturers. The day was designated to recognize secretaries for their outstanding contributions within the workforce.
Although the role of the administrative assistant has evolved dramatically over the years due to new technology and techniques, the position — as the IAAP puts it — is the “pulse of the office.” Secretaries and administrative assistants are often at the epicenter of businesses and corporations, ensuring multiple tasks get done on a day-to-day basis and acting as gatekeepers for many customers, clients and employees.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles. Overall employment of secretaries and administrative assistants are expected to grow 12 percent from 2010 to 2020. Executive assistants are expected to grow 13 percent from 2010 to 2020 as well.
A company’s appreciation can be shown in a variety of ways:
- Write a thoughtful note to your administrative assistant to let them know specifically how you much they mean to you.
- A book of motivational quotes or stories is a thoughtful gift sure to inspire the busy administrative professional.
- When you visit offices, pay attention to what’s on the desks and walls of the administrative staff. You can tell a lot about their interests to get ideas for gifts that will be appreciated.
- Offer to send your administrative professional to a conference or training to aid in his or her professional development.
- Tuition reimbursement to attend college classes and work toward a degree.
- Reimbursement for online training programs in technology, administrative, and management skills.
- Plan a luncheon.
- Order flowers.
Whichever way you decide to show appreciation, be sure to say ‘thanks’ for a job well done!