Apr 19

Giving Thanks to Our Administrative Professionals

Administrative Professionals Day is coming up—this year, this observance is on April 27, with the entire week of April 24 to April 30 being Administrative Professionals Week.  On this day, be sure to thank all of those hardworking professionals—secretaries, assistants, office managers, receptionists—who keep your office running smoothly. 

The secular holiday was first celebrated in 1952 as National Secretaries Week.  Harry F. Klemfuss, a New York publicist, and Mary Barrett, president of the National Secretaries Association, came up with the idea.  The goal was to get more people to consider careers in the administrative support area because there was shortage of trained professionals.  The first National Secretaries Week was June 1st through the 7th, with June 4 National Secretaries Day.  Later, in 1955, the week was changed to the last week of April.  In 1981, it was renamed Professional Secretaries Week, and in 2000, Administrative Professionals Week.

Today, the week is one of the largest workplace events and is celebrated worldwide.  In the US, bosses often give their administrative assistants flowers, candy, other gifts, or take them out to eat. 

Here are some interesting facts concerning Administrative Professionals that might surprise you.

In 2010, there were more than 5.7 million administrative professionals employed in the U.S.

Between 2008 and 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that more than 500,000 new administrative professional jobs will be created, an 11 percent increase.

When National Secretaries Week was first created, most secretaries answered the phones, filed, and typed on type writers.  Today, administrative professionals are required to be computer-proficient, organize large events, do research, handle some office accounting, coordinate multiple schedules, and do reports.

Don’t forget to show your appreciation to your administration professionals on Administrative Professionals Day!  Visit our collection of flowers especially designed for this day and select one for delivery.

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