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Honoring Office Professionals on Administrative Professionals Day!

Administrative Professionals Day recognizes the contribution of the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, and other office professionals they make to the workplace. The holiday is widely observed in the US and other countries worldwide on Wednesday during Administrative Professionals Week which annually falls on the last week of April.

Administrative Professionals Week was originally held as “National Secretaries Week” by the International Association of Administrative Professionals and a consortium of office product manufacturers. Facing a problem of shortage of skilled office workers president of the National Secretaries Association and president of Dictaphone Corporation came up with an idea for a secretaries week campaign. The first National Secretaries Week was held in 1952, and 3 years later its date was changed to the current (the last full week of April).

Administrative Professionals Day is one of the biggest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays. According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, there are over 4 millions secretaries and administrative assistants, and around 9 million people working in various administrative support roles in the US alone. Millions more work in offices all over the world.

To highlight the importance of office professionals many employers and supervisors arrange special events to show the appreciation of their work-related skills. It is customary to take their administrative assistants out for lunch on this day, give cards, flowers or other gifts of appreciation.

Honor office professionals who make offices work!

Show your appreciation for the administrative professionals in your company by celebrating Administrative Professionals Day with your administrative assistant, secretary, and other office support staff. Here are some ideas how to do that:

Take them Out for Lunch

Make a big deal about taking your administrative professional out for lunch. They don’t often receive many pats on the back, so this fanfare will be greatly appreciated.

Give money bonus or gift

Your employees work hard, but don’t always get paid what their contribution to the company is worth. Why not supplement your administrative professional’s income by presenting them with a bonus, or a gift, or maybe both?

Give them some paid time off

Give your employees a little paid time off on Administrative Professionals Day so that they can spend more time with their families or just enjoy themselves. The company won’t suffer from a big loss, but such gesture will definitely make a big difference to your administrative professionals and show them that you care.

Get a gift for their desk

A nice gift that will sit on their desk all year is a great idea and also a reminder that their hard work and effort are greatly appreciated by the company. A picture frame, beautiful plant, or a gift basket filled with goodies… Try to choose more fun and personal gift rather than something they would use just for work.

Give a speech of appreciation

Appreciation and recognition go a long way towards motivating employees. Take a few minutes to tell everyone in your office how much you appreciate all the hard work of your employees and they will keep up the good work!

No matter how you decide to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day, make sure you thank your office professionals for all their effort. Because sometimes it’s just a sincere “thank you” we need to hear to feel recognized and appreciated.

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