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Administrative Professionals' Day

Administrative Professionals' Day is observed on the Wednesday of the last full week of April which is known as Administrative Professionals' Week.

Although Administrative Professionals' Day is not an official holiday in the United States, it is an important day of recognition for the millions of administrative assistants, secretaries, receptionists, and other office workers who toil tirelessly day after day to help keep companies running smooth and efficient.

Often administrative professionals feel overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated because of the many tasks that are assigned to them. They work hard at their jobs making sure that things are done right while having to meet budgets and deadlines.

In modern times, administrative professionals have become the backbones of many companies that have moved away from jobs requiring physical labor to those of service oriented positions.

Administrative professionals are constantly under pressure to learn how to use new tools and techniques and they have to adjust to the ever changing complexities of the business world, office environments, and the economy while continuing to be efficient at what they do.

Administrative professionals:

  • Are the first line of contact in a business.
  • Have to run the office and keep the atmosphere smooth and pleasant.
  • Have to learn to master and control situations that arise in their offices on a daily basis.
  • Have to know how to effectively deal with customers, clients, employees, and their bosses.

Not only do administrative professionals still have to answer telephones and file paperwork, they also do the the bookkeeping, accounting, and payroll and they are expected to train and mentor new employees. They wear many hats and their plates are always full. In other words, their job description has changed over the years, they do more work, and they are expected to meet the challenges of an ever evolving workplace.

More and more employees are finding themselves working in offices than there were in the past. This is the reason business owners need reliable and efficient administrative professionals with the expertise to take away the worry of day to day office work.

History of Administrative Professionals' Day:

  • The first official celebration of Administrative Professionals' Week, then called National Secretaries Week, was held between June 1-7, 1954. The first Administrative Professionals' Day, then called National Secretaries Day, was Wednesday, June 4, 1952.
  • The observance of National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April in 1955. In 1981, the names were changed to Professional Secretaries Week and Professional Secretaries Day. The names were changed again in 2000 to Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day.

Administrative Professionals Week has become a worldwide observance. Many CEO's, managers, and supervisors acknowledge the contributions of their Administrative Professionals by buying them gifts, flowers, and lunches. Administrative Professionals are also given plaques and awards, days off from work, and other tokens of appreciation.

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