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Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day

On April 26, we get to celebrate National Administrative Professionals Day! This holiday is always celebrated on the Wednesday of the last full week of April. Although it’s not observed as a public holiday this day is still important and there’s so much to celebrate. This holiday even got its episode on “The Office.”

During World War ll there was a shortage of people with the skills of an administrative professionals. This was due to the birth-rate decline from the Depression era and booming post-war business. In 1942, the National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions of administrative personnel to the economy, support their development, and attract workers to the field. During their first year as an association, they created National Administrative Professionals Day. Key figures in the day’s creation include the association’s president — Mary Barrett, the president of Dictaphone Corporation — C. King Woodbridge, and the public relations account executives at Young & Rubicam — Harry F. Klemfuss and Daren Ball.

The designated moment of celebration was first dictated by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Charles W. Sawyer, as National Secretaries Week, held from June 1 through June 7. In 1955, Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April, with Wednesday marked as Administrative Professionals Day. In 1981, the name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week but, in the year 2000, it became Administrative Professionals Week to include the wide range of responsibilities and job titles of administrative staff in the modern economy. The day has undergone many name changes but the initial goal is to celebrate and recognize all the hard work administrative professionals have remained.

1.Take them out to lunch
Spend some time getting to know your administrative crew. Make sure their work doesn’t go unnoticed.

2.Give them a gift
Show them you appreciate all that they do — because the administration does a whole lot more than what can be seen on the surface.

3.Appreciate them
A simple expression of gratitude and understanding goes a long way. Make sure to verbally thank your administration team and watch their faces light up.

A. They work hard
They do a lot of day-to-day admin that creates a cohesive and functioning office.

B. They improve the work environment
Not only do they bring a bright and positive energy into the office, but they help to bring an otherwise chaotic office environment to order.

C. They deserve more recognition
A lot of the hard work they do goes unnoticed but is completely essential to functional office life.


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