Administrative Professionals Day falls on 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, and so the National Secretaries Association was formed—the organization has since changed its name to the International Association of Administrative Professionals—in order to recognize their contributions to the economy and attract more workers to the field. In 1952, 10 years after the organization’s formation, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles W. Sawyer initiated the first celebration of administrative professionals. 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 - History
NSA is Now IAAP
Professional Secretaries International changes 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 changes its name to Professional Secretaries International, reflecting its now global scope.
First National Secretaries Week Celebrated
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Charles Sawyer, proclaims 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
1. Give them a gift
Whether it's a thoughtful card, some flowers, or a baked snack, taking the time show your care for them goes a long way. And if you happen to be their manager, maybe consider giving them a raise for their consistently impressive work.
2. Take them out for lunch
Take the time out of your day to sit down and learn more about what's going on in their personal life, as well as providing a delicious meal of their choice.
3. 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.
Reasons Why Administrative Professionals Rock
1. They Support Companies Everywhere
There are over 4 million secretaries and administrative assistants in the U.S. alone.
2. Who Run the World?
While 95% of secretaries today are women, the majority used to be men.
3. They're Always in Demand
Receptionist employment is expected to grow 9% every year.
Why We Love Administrative Professionals Day
A. 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 know-how and efforts.
B. 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 without thought of recognition.
C. They bring smiles to the office
They are most often the first face and voice of the office to the outside world, setting forward a friendly tone that fosters healthy business, and their positive demeanor brings joy to everyone who works with them.