Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

imagesCA0IXM2IAcross North America today, April 23, 2014, the spotlight will be on the administrative professional.  Why?  It’s Administrative Professionals Day!  Thank goodness for men and women who step into these critical careers to support leaders, managers, and businesses across the world.  Here’s some interesting facts about Administrative Professionals Day.  Did you know?  

  • There are many job titles associated with the term “administrative professional.”  These job titles include:  executive assistant, administrative assistant, office assistant, office manager, clerical assistant, office clerk, celebrity assistant, and customer service specialist.
  • Administrative Professionals Day is celebrated in many countries but NOT on the same day or even the same month.
  • Administrative Professionals Day was first recognized in 1952 as National Secretaries Day.  Wow!  This day has been observed in the workplace for over 60 years.
  • Administrative Professionals Day in North America is always celebrated during the last full week of April on a Wednesday.
  • Administrative professionals appreciate recognition throughout the year, but they really look forward to that “EXTRA BIG” thank you on this special day.
  • There are many ways to recognize administrative professionals, but please think about recognizing him/her in a way that truly would be considered as recognition to your assistant.  For example, consider buying your assistant a gift card to a place he/she would really enjoy, spa days can be fun, a bonus would be awesome (aka cash), or a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to the office can be a nice surprise.  If you don’t know the personal interests/likes/dislikes of your assistant, remove the guessing.  Ask your assistant so you can hit a home run on this one.
  • Mark your calendar now!  Administrative Professionals Day in 2015 is Wednesday, April 22.

For more information, visit IAAP or Wikipedia.


  1. Should their friends or family members give them something on this day to? The information was interesting and was fun to read about the history. Gaining more respect.

    1. I wish you all the luck in the world, and hope you have an easier time than I am fiindng a position.I lost my job of 9 years and during my job search I thought that I, too, would love to work in the medical field. So, I enrolled in Miller-Motte’s Medical Office Assistant program. It took me 18 months to finish, but I graduated Summa Cum Laude this past September. I was also inducted into the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society, I’ve passed my certification test, and I am now a “Certified Medical Administrative Assistant” A lot of good all that hard work, money, and prayers have done I am still unemployed my benefits ran out in January, and I will be out of money by the end of the month. I’ve gone on countless interviews and have submitted so many applications/resumes I can’t tell you. I am beginning to think it is my age I will be 58 in June I suppose all I am saying is to keep your options open.GOOD LUCK!!

  2. This is a fun read. Question should friends and sister get something for their admin friends or family members? I love the picture to it is gorgeous.

    1. Rebekah, thanks for the comment and question. Your admin friends and family members likely do not expect something from you on Administrative Professionals Day. However, I’m sure they would appreciate a simple acknowledgement via Facebook, email, or during a conversation.

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