Administrative Professionals Day Facts

Administrative Professionals Day Facts
Administrative Professionals' Day is an unofficial holiday that is meant to pay tribute to the work done by administrative professionals, secretaries, assistants, and receptionists, and is observed in various countries around the world. In North America the last full week in April each year is celebrated as Administrative Professionals' Week. Administrative Professionals' Day falls on the Wednesday of that week. This holiday began in 1952 as National Secretaries Week in the United States. In 2000 the IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) changed the name to Administrative Professionals' Week, and Administrative Professionals' Day.
Interesting Administrative Professionals Day Facts:
The idea for a holiday to celebrate secretaries and other administrative professionals began with Mary Barrett, the National Secretaries Association president, and the president of Dictaphone Corporation C. King Woodbridge. They worked with Harry Klemfuss, who worked for Young & Rubicam as a public relations account executive, to bring the idea to life.
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce first proclaimed National Secretaries Week to be observed June 1st to the 7th, in 1952. That year National Secretaries Day was June 4th.
In 1955 National Secretaries Week was moved to April's last full week.
In 1981 the name changed from National Secretaries Week to Professional Secretaries Week.
In 2000 Professional Secretaries Week was changed to Administrative Professionals' Week.
Administrative Professionals' Week is meant to recognize 'the secretary, upon whose skills, loyalty, and efficiency the functions of business and government offices depend', and to pay make people aware 'through favorable publicity, to the tremendous potential of the secretarial career'.
Administrative Professionals' Week, and Administrative Professionals' Day are celebrated in many countries around the world. Celebrations include community events, corporate activities, social functions and gatherings, and even gifts are used to help recognize the professional support staff that make up administrative professionals.
There are estimated to be more than 4 million administrative professionals in the United States and almost half a million in Canada.
A candidate for becoming a Certified Administrative Professional must take an exam. In 1951 there were 281 candidates that took their exams at 15 different centers. Today there are more than 250 exam locations where candidates can take the test and become certified.
The various names used for administrative professionals over the years have included office clerk, receptionist, secretary, office manager, staff assistant, executive assistant etc.
The work that administrative professionals do can include preparing documents, coordinating meetings, maintaining files, planning meetings, planning special events, office supply purchasing, leading projects teams, conducting research, training employees, and managing websites and social networking.
IAAP members prefer to be honored for their work through opportunities to grow and learn. This can be done through tuition assistance, registration for continuing education workshops, conferences, and seminars, supporting chapter events, and supporting membership in professional organizations.
Another option for honoring administrative professionals is through gifts such as business cards, name plates, upgrades to computer hardware and software, gift certificates, and through monetary bonuses awarded for excellence on the job.
Other holidays that honor employees include Employee Appreciation Day, Boss's Day, and Labor Day.

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