Administrative Professional’s Day, also known as Secretaries Day, is coming up. This year, it’s on April 25th, the last Wednesday of the month. On this day, we take the time to thank those who help keep our offices running: secretaries, administrative assistants, executive assistants, office managers, and the many others who fall under the administrative professional umbrella.
This will be the 60th anniversary of the day. The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) has set the theme for this year’s day as “Admins, the Pulse of the Office.” The IAAP provides many different resources for administrative professionals. They offer continuing education courses and seminars as well as tips for the beginning administrative professional.
The IAAP first held Administrative Professionals Week in 1952. It was created by Harry F. Klemfuss, a publicist in New York. He wanted to encourage more people to enter the administrative professional field. Originally, it was called Secretaries Day. Later, Secretaries Week was celebrated the first week of June. In 1955, National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April. In 2000, the IAAP changed the name to Administrative Professionals Week/Day instead of Secretaries Week/Day because job titles and responsibilities had changed a lot over the years. They also wanted to include people like executive assistants and office managers in the celebration.
Today, it’s estimated that there are more than 4.1 million administrative professionals in the U.S., and there’s another 8.9 million people in administrative support roles. Almost every office has at least an administrative assistant or office manager.
Many employers celebrate Administrative Professionals Week by giving their administrative assistants flowers, vacation time, or by taking them out to lunch. While these hard-working professionals should be thanked on a regular basis due to all the work they do year-round, it is especially important to remember to honor them during this week. As mentioned, this category now includes many different positions and titles, so take a moment and be sure you include everyone who counts. These are the people who make the office run smoothly, and they deserve some appreciation.
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