Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Week is always the last full week of April, with Wednesday of that week being designated Administrative Professionals Day.

Administrative Professionals Day recognizes and celebrates the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, and other office professionals for their growing and diverse contributions to the workplace. In the United States, it is customary to take administrative professionals out to lunch on this day, and/or to give flowers or other gifts of appreciation.


Administrative Professionals Week was originally organized as "National Secretaries Week" by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and a consortium of office product manufacturers in 1952. Mary Barrett, president of the National Secretaries Association (now called the International Association of Administrative Professionals) and C. King Woodbridge, president of Dictaphone Corporation, were serving on a council charged with addressing a national shortage of skilled office workers that existed at the time. Together with Harry Klemfuss, public relations account executive at Young & Rubicam, they originated the idea for a secretaries week campaign.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer proclaimed the first National Secretaries Week held June 1-7, 1952, with Wednesday, June 4th designated National Secretaries Day. Mary Barrett and C. King Woodbridge were invited to Washington, DC for the official announcement. The event received widespread publicity.

In 1955, the National Secretaries Association changed the date of National Secretaries Week to the last full week of April, with Wednesday of that week being designated National Secretaries Day. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981 when the National Secretaries Association became Professional Secretaries International (PSI).

In 1998, PSI changed its name to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), to further reflect the expanding role of office staff. In the year 2000, the IAAP – official sponsor of the event – announced that the name would change from "Professional Secretaries Day" to "Administrative Professionals Day." The name change was made to keep in step with the changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of today's administrative workforce.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, IAAP remains the sole sponsor of Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day. IAAP continues to believe in the importance of this event in calling business attention to the increasing value and contributions of administrative professionals in today's workplace.





The beautiful story of Johnny, the grocery store bagger truly captures the essence of service. It takes only 3 minutes to watch it, and I truly hope you’ll share it with every person in your organization. It brings service and life into perspective.

Great service is a powerful key component of an organization. It is about building relationships and caring for people. Regardless of your job or position within an organization we can all make a difference if we have the courage to try. Watch the story of Johnny, the grocery store bagger which truly captures the essence of service. Simple Truths of Service movie:

"Aim for service and success will follow" Albert Schweitzer


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Quotations for Administrative Professionals Day

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. ~John G. Pollard

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. ~Author Unknown

As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold. ~Author Unknown

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks. ~William Shakespeare

Next to excellence is the appreciation of it. ~William Makepeace

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was. ~Author unknown, but probably a secretary!

Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties. ~Doug Larson

It's always been and always will be the same in the world: The horse does the work and the coachman is tipped. ~Author Unknown

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K. Chesterton

How beautiful a day can be When kindness touches it! ~George Elliston

No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you. ~Author Unknown

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ~Voltaire

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. ~G.B. Stern

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. ~James Allen

You're no good unless you are a good assistant; and if you are, you're too good to be an assistant. ~Martin H. Fischer

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so. ~Douglas Adams

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. ~Eric Hoffer

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. ~William James

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. ~Joseph Addison

Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free and worth a fortune. ~Sam Walton














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In honor of Administrative Professionals Day on April 25th share the movie The Simple Truths of Service. It is a wonderful reminder of all those we work with that put their personal signature on their jobs each day to provide superb customer service and support to the team and customers.

Great service is about building relationships and caring for people. Regardless of your job or position within an organization we can all make a difference if we have the courage to try. Watch the story of Johnny, the grocery store bagger which truly captures the essence of service.

Simple Truths of Service movie link:

"Aim for service and success will follow" Albert Schweitzer




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