Administrative Professionals Day in Maine today
Today is the day for administrative professionals. First, the International Association of Administrative Professionals defines administrative professionals as those responsible for administrative tasks and the coordination of information in support of an office environment and who are dedicated to pursuit of their personal and professional growth in the profession of their choice.
It’s a bite. And it’s a busy job.
Are you old enough to remember when they were called secretaries? It was in 1981, when the description was changed from secretary to administrative professional. Although there hasn’t been a time when the post was called an administrative assistant? Assistant is most often referred to as associate now.
And the celebration of the day or the full week in some cases began in 1955 when the National Association of Secretaries began to recognize secretaries with an observation day. If you’ve watched the HBO Mad Men series, you’ve seen secretaries typing up countless documents, drinking bosses down, and constantly flirting with them. Not to mention almost everyone on this constantly smoked channel. In the offices, in the hallway, even in the elevator.
Fortunately, times have changed.
Now, it’s a nice gesture to give them half a day off, or at least a lunch in their honor.
Really in touch, awakened companies might just ask them how they like to be thanked. This could lead to some very interesting answers.
At the very least, if you’re at a loss for words, memorize it and smile when you recite it convincingly today. “Thank you very much for everything you do! Thank you for all the ways you are intervening here, [insert name here]! You are really, really useful, [insert name here], and I am so grateful to you “