Don’t Forget Administrative Professional’s Day!

Don’t Forget Administrative Professional’s Day!

On April 25th, don’t forget to take a moment to recognize your admin’s hard work!

According to the International Association of Administrative Professionals, the theme for the 2012 Administrative Professionals Day® is: “Admins, the pulse of the office.”

Furthermore, IAAP states that, “Administrative Professionals Day will mark its 60th anniversary on April 25, 2012. Over those decades, the job of an administrative professional has changed dramatically thanks to new tools, techniques and seismic shifts in the economy and culture itself. But admins have remained the steady center of efficiency through it all, helping ensure that jobs get done right, on time and under budget. Admins are one of the engines of business, particularly in a complex economy. In a world that demands the accurate and speedy movement of digital information, admins are masters of data. And they do this while maintaining their more traditional role as the gatekeepers for many customers, clients and employees. Quite simply, admins are the pulse of the office.”

Do you know the history behind Administrative Professional’s Day?

The idea began with Mary Barrett, president of the National Secretaries Association, now called IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals), and C. King Woodbridge, president of Dictaphone Corporation. They served on a council addressing a national shortage of skilled office workers. Together with Harry Klemfuss, public relations account executive at Young & Rubicam, they originated the idea for a National Secretaries Week.

In 1955, the observance date of National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981, and became Administrative Professionals Week in 2000 to encompass the expanding responsibilities and wide-ranging job titles of administrative support staff. IAAP created National Secretaries Week (now Administrative Professionals Week) with two objectives in mind: 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.”

Over the years, Administrative Professionals Week has become one of the largest workplace observances.

You could try flowers, candy or trinkets, but why not let your assistant decide for themselves by giving them a gift card?

Show Your Appreciation with a Shop Etc. Gift Card.

Administrative Professional’s Day is Wednesday, April 25th and a Shop Etc. Gift Card is a great way to show your appreciation. It lets them shop or dine in the mall and anywhere American Express is accepted.

Click here for gift card purchase location.

Good at more than 130 GGP malls nationwide and anywhere American Express is accepted. 

Today, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles. More than 475,000 administrative professionals are employed in Canada. Millions more administrative professionals work in offices all over the world.

Be sure to show your appreciation!!

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