Every company has different departments, positions, and workers. Workplace duties include preparing spreadsheets and documents, leading meetings, keeping everyone in the office organized, and everything in between. Most employees go above and beyond office expectations. Celebrate your employee’s efforts on Administration Appreciation Day 2019—an unofficial national holiday devoted to recognizing administrative staff everywhere.
When is it?
National Administrative Professionals’ Day 2019, also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day, falls on April 24. This is halfway through Administrative Professionals Week, which takes place during the last week of April each year. Take time this week to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, and any other office professionals.
Who counts as an administrative professional?
Don’t be confused by the term ‘administrative professional’—it encompasses more people than you might think. Simply put, administrative professionals include any person responsible for administrative tasks, such as filing, organizing, and communicating, as well as overall coordination of information for an office. Successful office managers hold a team together. The phrase administrative professional applies to any of the following people:
- Administrative Assistant
- Administrative Secretary
- Executive Assistant
- Office Secretary
- Office Assistant
- Office Manager
Roughly 22 million administrative professionals are in the U.S. workforce, according to the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Each of these 22 million has a unique skill set and experience, and each deserves to be celebrated.
History of Administrative Professionals Day
Secretary Day began in 1952 and was an idea of Harry Klemfuss. He saw the significance of a secretarial position in a company and within management and organization. He created this appreciation day in an attempt to recruit more people into secretary jobs. Using skills from public relations, he promoted the importance of administrative work, encouraged people to enter the field, and started a holiday that would last long into the future.
Why Should I Celebrate?
A happy boss or a happy co-worker means a happy office. Administrative assistants deal with almost all of the office functions such as planning and scheduling. Their work plays a huge role in achieving a company’s goals and establishing its culture. People get so caught up in the day-to-day operations, that they often forget to take a step back and recognize the great work happening around them.
Recognize how the administrative professionals in your company act and the large jobs office managers take part in:
- Offering thorough, well-informed insight for colleagues
- Implementing ideas from upper management and turning them into a reality
- Greeting and assisting company visitors, customers, and other managers
- Helping employees work effectively by making arrangements for them when necessary
- Ensuring the office runs smoothly and remains a happy, productive space
Office Manager Day helps to give managers a reason to continue a difficult job. If managers and other administrative professionals feel valued and appreciated by a supportive staff, they continue to work hard to please everyone. Staying invested in work means the end result of one’s efforts will continue to be great. In addition to acting as a motivator, Office Manager Appreciation Day forces employees to realize the immense amount of work that gets done behind the scenes in an office.
How Should I Celebrate?
A little bit of love can go a long way. Celebrating your colleagues doesn’t mean you need to take hours away from your schedule. Everyone can participate in Administrative Professionals Day because there will always be someone you can thank and appreciate. Try some of these ideas to reward and show staff members your appreciation:
1. Flowers, Food, or Gift Baskets
Sometimes gifts that offer immediate enjoyment or gratitude are the best kind.Chocolate-covered strawberries or gourmet gummies are great for colleagues with a sweet tooth.
2. Professional Development
Gather a group of employees and pool together to pay for your administrative assistant or manager to go to a professional conference or enroll in a course. Administrative professionals are eager to learn, so providing them with an opportunity to do so acts as a great way to say, “Happy Administrative Professionals Day!”
3. Personal Time
Help your managers unwind by offering rest and relaxation. You can work with the company to grant someone a few more vacation days. If that’s not feasible, consider gifting tickets to a sporting event, a gift card to a local spa, or money toward a favorite restaurant.
4. Monetary Reward
Reward hard work with a bonus or salary increase. Making more money encourages employees to keep doing their job well so they can continue to make more money in the future.
5. Use Kind Words
Saying something nice costs you nothing. When employees stop to thank someone else and make it genuine, it means a lot. Public recognition serves as one of the best ways to celebrate staff. When employees publicly recognize their office managers by congratulating achievements or showing praise received from happy customers, it creates an empowering environment. Besides verbal recognition, a handwritten card or note can sit on a secretary’s desk and remind him or her of the value of the work they do.
What is the difference between operations manager vs office manager? Click here to find out.