Administrative Professionals’ Day is not considered an official holiday; however it is recognized around the globe as the day to honor some of the most important people in your organization. The International Association of Administrative Professionals’ (IAAP) consists of over nearly 9 million support personnel including secretaries, receptionists, and executive assistants. Here are a few historical facts about this upcoming day of recognition, observed this year on April 27.
- The observance was originally a joint effort between the National Secretaries Association and the Dictaphone Corporation. The stated purpose was “to recognize the secretary, upon whose skills, loyalty, and efficiency the functions of business and government offices depend on, and to make people aware ‘through favorable publicity the tremendous potential of the secretarial career.’
- The inaugural National Secretaries Week took place in 1952; at that time it was observed in the first week of June. In 1955, the date was moved to the last week of April.
- In 1981, the name was changed from National Secretaries Week to Professional Secretaries Week. In 2000, to better reflect the changing workplace and societal dynamics, it was re-titled yet again, to Administrative Professional’s Week.
- While Employee Appreciation Day, Boss’s Day, and Labor Day are all celebrated as official holidays to celebrate workers; this day specifically shines a spotlight on the integral contributions of administrative professionals alone.
Don’t let this day pass without telling your administrative team that you appreciate all they do. After all, they are the friendly face, the voice on the phone, the scheduler, the organizer and the coordinator. They do it all – so let’s make this day all about them. The date is April 27. Make your reservations and schedule your delivery of a great floral arrangement or a green plant from Bice’s Florist.