Thursday, April 5, 2012

Administrative Professionals Day

Way back in 1952, there was a nationwide shortage of skilled secretarial and office employees.  Then the president of the National Secretaries Association, Mary Barrett, and the president of Dictaphone Corporation, C. King Woodbridge, along with the help of publicist Harry F. Klemfuss, came up with the idea for National Secretaries Week.  They felt secretaries deserved appreciation for their professional efforts.  They also thought it would heighten interest in the field of secretarial and administrative support careers.

Over the years the term, Secretaries Day, was renamed to reflect the changing and expanding field of administrative support.  Today National Secretaries Week has morphed into Administrative Professionals Week, celebrated the last week of April each and every year.

There are many ways employers show their appreciation for their administrative staff.  There are the traditional flowers, candy, luncheons, expense paid trips, time off even mink coats.  Today the International Association of Administrative Professionals suggests employers pay for seminars and training to enhance and build their employees' administrative skills.

Times have changed since the three martini lunch and the pencil skirt, haven't they?

©Damyon T. Verbo - all rights reserved

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