Administrative Professionals Day is celebrated on Wednesday during the last full week of April. While it is important to acknowledge and reward your employees' achievements on a regular basis, Administrative Professionals Day calls special attention to the support of your administrative professionals in contributing to the success of your company.
Expanding Roles of Administrative Professionals
Administrative Professionals Day was originally founded as National Secretaries Day. The name change was intended to reflect the evolving job titles and expanding responsibilities of the administrative workforce.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are more than 4 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States and the International Association of Administrative Professionals counts an additional 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles.
In addition to more traditional support roles, such as typing, answering phone calls and scheduling appointments, it is common for administrative professionals to assume a much wider range of responsibilities, from conducting research and writing reports, to purchasing office supplies, coordinating meetings and special events, and so much more.
Tokens of Employee Appreciation
There are countless ways to show your employees you appreciate their hard work. Recognizing that administrative responsibilities continue to expand, providing additional opportunities for training to enhance skill development, education, and career growth is one way to support and reward your employees. The following are just a few options you may wish to consider:
- Providing tuition reimbursement for completing college courses
- Sponsoring membership and participation in professional organizations, conferences, seminars, and continuing education workshops
- Offering in-house professional development training and employee education programs
Of course, more traditional tokens of appreciation for the day include:
- Personalized and/or ergonomically correct business accessories
- Gift certificates
- An employee appreciation luncheon
- Cards, flowers, and gift baskets
However you choose to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day, be sure to take the time to simply say "thank you" to the administrative professionals on your staff. For more information on employee appreciation, you can visit our section on Retaining Employees.
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