it's the professional expertise of secretaries, administrative
assistants, and receptionists who keep the engines running
everywhere from small business offices to the upper
reaches of multinational corporations.
The role of secretaries and executive assistants have been recognized since the end of World War II, when industry boomed in the early 1950's. Jobs were also plentiful, as women were called upon to take on the role as assistants to the new captains of industry. Today, their role has become increasingly important to day-to-day operations of companies worldwide.
While Bosses Day is fixed to October 16 every year, Secretary's Day is a moveable feast celebrated on a Wednesday in the fourth week of April during Administrative Professionals Week.
In 2017, admins and secretaries will be honored on Wednesday, April 26th in the US, UK, and Canada.
Meanwhile, South Africa has it's own Secretary's Day celebration observed on the first Wednesday in September, this year celebrated on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.
Worldwide in the modern workplace, new titles such as Administrative Assistant and Executive Assistant represent a legion of women - and men - who are highly skilled and educated. Far from just possessing the stereotypical "interpersonal and communications skills", admins are responsible for office duties ranging from expert computer troubleshooting to managing new hires.
Gift ideas for the secretary or administrative assistant
Meanwhile, a gift component to the day continues to presented a challenge for bosses and executives. How do you honor assistants without being sexist or condescending? This is especially true as more men are increasingly hired for admin positions.
It becomes much easier for bosses and managers if they have a close professional relationship with their admins (bestowing a gift basket, a gift card from Starbucks, or other rewards as appropriate.)
In larger companies, it is the smart department head who will take an entire administrative staff out to lunch to celebrate the day.
This year, show
your favorite admins the respect they deserve with the help
of online resources offering gift ideas, e-cards, plus info, fun facts, and background history of Secretary's or Administrative
More about honoring secretaries and professional admins around the Web:
Homepage - The official site of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, featuring membership info, education and training resources, and related resources with special observance suggestions and gift ideas for Administrative Professionals Week..
The Secretary's Day - Gather 'round for an unintentionally funny romp through post World War II office life and view streaming archived footage describing a typical day of a secretary, circa 1947. Pass it on...
In Observance of National Secretary's Day - Another perspective, in a full-page rant from a sociology professor who turns a cynical eye on the day, including a conspiracy theory involving
card stores and flower shops...