Celebrating the Power of Support: Administrative Professionals Day
Administrative Professionals Day was first created in 1952 as “National Secretaries Week” by the National Secretaries Association, which is now known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). The name of this celebration was changed to “Administrative Professionals Day” in 2000 to include all administrative support staff. The day is also sometimes called “Secretaries Day” or “Admin Day.”
What is Administrative Professionals Day?
Administrative Professionals Day is a day to recognize and appreciate the work of admin professionals, including receptionists, secretaries, admin assistants, and other support staff who help keep companies running smoothly.
When is Administrative Professionals Day?
Admin Professionals Day is celebrated annually on the Wednesday of the last full week of April. This year (2023), it will be celebrated on April 26.
The Evolving Role of Administrative Professionals
The role of admin professionals has evolved considerably over the years, from carrying out customary clerical and secretarial tasks to fulfilling more multifaceted and strategic duties.
Today’s admin professionals are anticipated to have expertise in an extensive range of skills, including problem-solving, project management, communication, and technology. As important company members, they provide critical support to managers and supervisors and play a vital role in ensuring the success of their business.
According to ZipRecruiter, your responsibilities include answering phone calls, scheduling meetings and appointments, coordinating travel arrangements, sorting mail, managing the office calendar, and assisting with any additional support duties. Some administrative professionals may work for a specific person in the office, while others oversee the needs of the entire office. More experienced administrative professionals might train or supervise new or junior administrative assistants.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 354,000 job openings each year for secretaries and administrative assistants through 2031. As technology continues to advance and companies become more complex, the role of admin professionals will likely continue to evolve, necessitating them to adapt and develop new skills to meet the ever-changing needs of their businesses.
Gift Ideas for Administrative Professionals Day
If you are looking for gift ideas for Administrative Professionals Day, here are a few suggestions:
- An online course like our Certified Administrative Professional course (GES291) to help them stay up-to-date in their field.
- A book by a motivational speaker or leadership expert to inspire them in their career.
- Customized stationery or desk accessories such as a pen holder, mouse pad, or coffee mug.
- A gift basket of their favorite snacks or gourmet treats.
- A gift card to their favorite store or restaurant.
- A plant or flowers to brighten up their workspace.
- A personalized gift with their name or initials, such as a tote bag, keychain, or phone case.
Becoming an Administrative Professional
Remember, one of the best gifts is one that shows recognition and appreciation. If you or someone you know is looking to start a new career in a rewarding field or expand an existing skillset, in six months or fewer, our students gain the fundamentals skills needed to pass the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) exam offered by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Happy Administrative Professionals Day!
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