Today is Administrative Professionals Day … also known as Admin Day … in North America.
The National Secretaries Association came up with the idea in 1952. Secretaries Day was part of National Secretaries Week. The purpose was to recognize “the secretary, upon whose skills, loyalty, and efficiency the functions of business and government offices depend” …and to call attention “through favorable publicity, to the tremendous potential of the secretarial career”.
My wife has been an administrative assistant for the majority of her 40-plus years in the workplace, though she never minded being called “secretary”. She’s done the heavy lifting for several bosses … some good, some not so good.
She’s organized huge, off-site meetings … done budgets and bookkeeping … searched for a boss’s lost dog … taken their kids to school … and even sold a Learjet for a boss on vacation.
Through it all, Shelley’s kept a bright disposition and a positive work attitude.
On her behalf, I salute administrative professionals everywhere.
Our thought for today is from Garson Kanin:
“In a professional once engaged, the performance of the job comes first.”