This week, April 24th – 30th is Administrative Professionals week and Wednesday, April 27th is Administrative Professionals Day.
National Professionals Secretary Week and National Secretaries Day was created back in 1952 to highlight the importance in the roles of administrative assistants and professionals in all sectors of the economy.
This came about during World War II with the increased need for skilled administrative personnel. The National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions of secretaries and other administrative personnel to the economy, to support their personal development and to help attract people to administrative careers in the field. The association’s name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998.
In 2000, IAAP changed the names of the week and day to Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day to keep pace with changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of the modern administrative workforce. The organization’s vision was to inspire and equip all administrative professionals to attain excellence in their fields.
This week is essentially designed to recognize those who have our back in the workplace, those who serve both their organization as well as the clients. These administrative professionals are sometimes the silent glue that keeps everything in the organization together.
Everyone should know that nothing is ever more important in a workplace than sincere appreciation and recognition. So, with many work environments across the country and the world observing this week. Make sure to take this week to say and show a special thank you to those who sometimes silently go unnoticed.