Those who work in administration provide a huge role for companies everywhere, handling appointments, speaking with customers, and managing paperwork. Keeping everything organized and moving, they do what most people can not on a day to day basis.
However, most of their work goes unappreciated and not many people notice the skills required to do their jobs well. Administrative Professionals Day aims to thank those who work as secretaries, assistants, and other employees who try their best at everything they do for their companies.
History of Administrative Professionals Day
Secretaries, receptionists, assistants, and other staff are all recognized on this day for their hard work representing their companies. Administrative Professionals Day aligns with Administrative Professionals Week; a week also dedicated to those within an administration.
Secretaries have been around since the industrial revolution, but the spark for showing appreciation for administrators ties back to World War II. Due to the boom in the post-war business, the National Secretaries Association was founded in 1942 to attract potential workers to the field.
It is believed that the origins of the holiday began through the innovation of multiple people in the industry, including Mary Barrett, a former president of the association, C. King Woodbridge, president of the Dictaphone Corporation, and Harry F. Klemfuss, a PR executive at Young & Rubicam.
In 1952, Charles Sawyer, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, proclaimed the first observance of National Secretary’s Day would be celebrated Wednesday during the week of National Secretary’s Week.
A few years later, the celebration was moved back to the last full week of April. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that the name of the holiday was changed to Administrative Professional’s Day, hoping to encompass the diverse job titles and responsibilities those within the field have.
Today, people take the time to thank their secretaries and others in the area by giving them lunches, flowers, chocolates, and other gifts.
How to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day
If you work in an office, business, or workplace and wish to show your appreciation, buy them some flowers, a gift card, and take them out to lunch. Start a conversation about their day, spend time with them, and thank them for what they do.
If you don’t know someone in administration and wish to celebrate, then share this holiday with your friends and let them know this day is all about saying thanks to their amazing coworkers.