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Filing paperwork, maintaining schedules, stocking office supplies, handling phone calls and e-mails… Administrative professionals do a lot of work for us, and Administrative Professionals Week is the perfect time to pay it back.
Administrative Professionals Week, the last week of April, was started by the National Secretaries Association in 1952 as National Secretaries Week. As the job title of secretary has fallen out of favor, the name has changed to reflect newer titles, and the founding organization is now known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). According to the IAAP, the week was created to “recognize the secretary, upon whose skills, loyalty, and efficiency the functions of business and government offices depend," and to call attention "through favorable publicity, to the tremendous potential of the secretarial career." .
Since many businesses no longer use secretary as a job title, it’s important to consider who should be recognized during Administrative Professionals Week. The IAAP defines administrative professionals as employees responsible for administrative tasks and coordination of information in an office-related environment. As such, administrative assistants, office coordinators and executive assistants would all fall under this definition. .
Here are five quick ways you can show your administrative professionals some extra appreciation:
Whichever way (or ways) you choose to reward your administrative staff, make sure that you’re the one taking care of it. This should be obvious, but don’t delegate the task of rewarding your administrative staff to your administrative staff. This is the week when you need to coordinate these efforts yourself.