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The History Behind Administrative Professionals Week and How to Celebrate

Posted: April 25, 2013

The History Behind Administrative Professionals Week and How to Celebrate

Administrative professionals are crucial to the everyday operations in a variety of industries. They’re often the unsung heroes of the office, carrying out challenging tasks and providing administrative support that allows the rest of us to focus on our jobs.  

In honor of their efforts, the International Association of Administrative Professionals has created a week, aptly named Administrative Professionals Week, for the rest of us to recognize all the hard work they do.  

History Behind the Week 

This celebratory occasion has been around for longer than you probably think. It dates all the way back to 1952 when the National Secretaries Association (now the International Association of Administrative Professionals) created National Secretaries Week with the help of public relations executive, Harry Klemfuss, and a group of product manufactures. After successfully campaigning for national recognition from the government, then U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer designated the first week of recognition to take place from June 1 to 7 of 1952. Today the occasion is typically celebrated in late April. The dates for this year’s week of recognition are April 21-27.       

How to Celebrate 

Do you have an office assistant, secretary or administrative professional who you feel does an exemplary job? Tell them about it. Next time you head over to the front desk or see your personal assistant, thank them for the great job they do every day. If you want to get a little more creative, you could try buying them a business-related gift, such as personalized business cards, an engraved name plate for their desk, a gift certificate to reward their hard work or maybe even a half day or extra day off. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?