Administrative Professionals Day falls on April 24 this year — the Wednesday of Administrative Professionals Week — which always takes place during the final full week of April.
During World War II, there was a shortage of skilled administrative professionals, so the National Secretaries Association was formed. The group has since changed its name to the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles W. Sawyer initiated the first celebration of administrative professionals in 1952. While these positions are often not given their due praise, any successful business is aware that the administrative staff keep things running like a well-oiled machine, so make sure to let the administrative professionals in your life know they are appreciated today!
Administrative Professionals Day timeline
New name: IAAP
Professional Secretaries International changed its name again, this time to the International Association of Administrative Professionals. The now mature association is working in multiple continents and across industries.
NSA goes global
The National Secretaries Association changed its name to Professional Secretaries International, reflecting its now global scope.
First National Secretaries Week
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer proclaimed National Secretaries Week to be celebrated in the first week of June.
National Secretaries Association Founded
Faced with a booming economy and labor shortage, the NSA was founded to attract young workers into the administrative space.
Administrative Professionals Day Activities
Give them a gift
And if you happen to be their manager, maybe consider giving them a raise for their consistently impressive work.
Take them out for lunch
They deserve it.
Become an administrative professional
Why not start your career today as an administrative professional? As any business grows, their need to build up their administrative staff follows suit, and you could be that next crucial piece of the puzzle.
3 Things Secretaries Know That You Don't
They support companies everywhere
There are over 4 million secretaries and administrative assistants in the U.S. alone.
Prior to the Industrial Revolution, men held most secretarial jobs. according to CNNMoney, “Secretarial schools offered professional training, which made it possible for many women to enter the career without a full college education.”
Receptionist employment is expected to grow 9% every year.
Why We Love Administrative Professionals Day
They are the backbone of the office
You already know your business would be in a state of chaos if it weren't for their presence. No matter how senior your role, your work is for all for naught without their efforts.
They do the work often unseen
Whether it's taking calls, designing schedules, filing the necessary paperwork, keeping the office stocked, or whatever else, much of their work takes place behind the scenes, keeping everything on pace.
They bring smiles to the office
They are most often the first face and voice of the office to the outside world, setting a friendly tone that fosters healthy business.