This week is designated Administrative Professionals Week and Wednesday is Administrative Professionals Day. This is a time to acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of administrative staff—the workers who grease the wheels of a business to ensure it runs smoothly, answering calls, writing correspondence, conveying messages and otherwise managing basic office functions.
Some facts about Administrative Professionals Week and Day:
- They were originally established in 1952 through the efforts of Mary Barrett of the National Secretaries Association, C. King Woodbridge of Dictaphone Corporation, Harry Klemfuss of marketing firm Young & Rubicam, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer.
- The holiday was initially known as National Secretaries Day. In 1981 the name was revised to Professional Secretaries Day and in 2000 was updated to Administrative Professionals Day.
- The first National Secretaries Day was observed on Wednesday June 5th, 1952. The observance date was changed in 1955 to the Wednesday of the last full week of April and it has remained assigned to this Wednesday since.
Conventionally, Admin Day is celebrated with gifts of flowers, but there are many other options for honoring the administrative staff that support your business day in and day out:
Feast your administrative staff with a free lunch as a gesture of gratitude that will energize them through the day and beyond.
A gift of sweets or snacks will provide a boost to morale and can easily be enjoyed by your office administrators as they work at their desks, their workflow sustained by delectable treats.
Give the gift of healthy living with a gift card to a local organic market or artisanal food shop.
Ergonomic chairs; wrist supports; new staplers or pens; new keyboards, monitors or printers—these are gifts that provide improved quality of work life not just for one day but in the future as well, guaranteed to excite any serious office administrator.
Provide your staff the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skill base. Offer enrollment in training seminars or provide support for college classes. Education will improve both your workforce and your business. This is a gift that pays dividends.
Be sure to take time this week to consider the many services performed by your office administrators each and every day. And then express your sincere gratitude and thanks however you think best, not just today, but as often as you are able. Happy Admin Week!