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SOME FACTS AND HISTORY ABOUT ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL'S WEEK/DAY (SECRETARIES DAY)

History and Origin of Secretaries Day

The holiday has been (unofficially) celebrated since 1952 when the National Secretaries Association (NSA) declared a National Secretaries Week to show appreciation to members of the office workforce.  The idea came about when business leaders got together in the early 1950’s to discuss the state of workers in their industries. At this meeting, Mary Barrett, President of NSA met with C. King Woodbridge (President of Dictaphone Corp), Harry Klemfuss (Account Executive at Young and Rubicam) and put their heads together to come up with the Secretaries Week concept. [Note: This was not a holiday crated by card manufactures, florists and chocolatiers, as the urban legend tells.]

 

The holiday was recognized by the U.S. Commerce Commission and in 1952 Charles Sawyer, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce proclaimed the first Secretaries Week to be held that year from June 1st to June 7th.  He also stated that June 4th would be National Secretaries Day (misspelled Secretary’s Day).  In 1955, the NSA changed the date to the last full week of April.

 

The name of the holiday was changed to Professional Secretaries Week/Day in 1981. The name of the National Secretaries Association also made a name change and became the Professional Secretaries International (PSI).  The organization then changed its name again in 1998 to its current International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). The IAAP has continued to sponsor this holiday since its inception in 1952.

 

In 2000, the International Association of Administrative Professionals changed the name of the celebrations to the Administrative Professionals Day and Administrative Professionals Week to adhere to the changing environment of the modern work environment. Today’s administrative professional is a far cry from the stereotypical dictation taking, coffee making “secretary” of the 1950s.

 

This is a day set aside to show our appreciation for those in the workforce we call "secretaries."  No, we might not have one of our own, and they might be called "admins," "executive assistants," or “administrators” these days, but they have all helped us out from day to day.  On this day we can show that we appreciate them, and all they do for us, throughout the year.

 

Who Is an Administrative Professional?

An administrative professional (a.k.a. secretary) is anyone whose function it is to support the people who work in an office environment.  This is a fairly broad term. The IAAP defines administrative professionals as “individuals who are responsible for administrative tasks and coordination of information in support of an office-related environment and who are dedicated to furthering their personal and professional growth in their chosen profession.” It is interesting to note that there are over four million workers in the U.S. that fall under this description.

 

The Dates for Administrative Professional Day and Week

The holiday is celebrated on the Tuesday of the last full week of April. See below for upcoming dates:

Dates:

2005     April 27th (Administrative Professional's Week is April 24-30)

2006     April 26th (Administrative Professional's Week is April 23-29)

2007     April 25th (Administrative Professional's Week is April 22-28)

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LINKS TO INFORMATION ON SECRETARIES DAY

GIFT IDEAS FOR SECRETARIES DAY

Secretaries Day Facts and Information

Administrative Professionals Week/Day (IIAP): Information, facts and links about the holiday and administrative professionals.

Administrative Professional (Secretaries) Day (Holiday Insights): Information, links and facts about the holiday.

All About Administrative Professional’s Day (Maura Gallagher Ardis: Staples.com): Information and history of the holiday, plus some gift giving ideas.

Annie’s Secretary’s Day Page (AnniesHomepage.com): Some information, facts and links relating to the holiday – including a short religious perspective.

http://www.annieshomepage.com/secretarysday.html

Calendar-Updates.com: Information and history of the holiday.

http://www.calendar-updates.com/Holidays/US/admin.htm

Secretaries' Day (Carla's Secretary Page): Information and links about the day and information that would be helpful to secretaries such as grammar and punctuation help.

Census Bureau Facts For Figures US Census Bureau): Facts and figures about the holiday.  

Secretaries Day Stories/Articles/Poems

10 Signs You Forgot Secretary’s Day (Pat Rious: IRED.com): A cute little list of things that could happen to bosses that forget to recognize their administrative assistants.

Administrative Professional’s Day/Secretary’s Day (Tenley McDonald: EzineArticles.com): An article on how to recognize a secretary on their holiday.

Happy Secretary’s Day (HomeSweetBusiness.com): A short poem dedicated to the secretary.

In Observation of National Secretary’s Day (Trinity.edu): A story on the meaning of the holiday.

Secretary’s Day Off (Eric Dexheimer:WestWord.com): An article about the legalities of this holiday and making Secretaries Day a day in which those honored have off.

Secretaries Day Multimedia

123Greetings.com (Ecards)

AFreeGreetingCard.com

Care2.com

Duckmain-Greetings.co.uk

Miscellaneous Secretary Day Links

Happy Secretary’s Day (Faculty.Washington.edu): A PDF of a Secretary’s Day greeting card you can print out and use yourself.

After all they have done for you all year, many times without your thanks, it is time to show you really appreciate them.  If you have a small business, a small gift is okay, as long as it is not too cheap or shows no feeling.  Bosses, the more you make, the more you should show your appreciation.  Don't let anyone fool you, money talks, and more expensive gifts will make for happier Administrative Assistants.  If you are a bad boss, it is many times hard for a person to leave you, but if the person is a bad worker, it is a lot easier for you to fire them.  If you do not know what to give them, let us provide you with a few gift ideas.

Secretaries/Administrative Professional's Day Gift Ideas:

  • Designer Wallet or Handbag

  • Gift Certificate to a "nice" clothing store (don't try to buy them clothing yourself)

  • Solid Gold Earrings, watch or bracelet (with/without precious gems)

  • Large Bouquet of Flowers

  • Gift Basket

  • Expensive Pen & Pencil set

  • Cash (always a nice gift, but it does not show much thought)

 

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