5 Ways to Honor Your Administrative Assistant on Secretary’s Day


Wednesday is National Administrative Professional’s Day, formerly known as Secretary’s Day. The holiday was established in 1952 to honor people working in secretarial or administrative careers. Today, the name has changed, but the spirit of Administrative Professional’s Day remains the same.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals claims that

…today, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles.

Although flower shops would have you believe differently, a bouquet, according to the IAAP, isn’t the best way to appreciate your favorite admin. Instead, they suggest the following gifts and events:

1. Hold a special event for the admins in your company. Hire a speaker for the event, or have the CEO speak to the group.

2. Offer administrative staff the chance to register for a professional development seminar, such as the IAAP’s Professional Education conference.

3. Give staff an annual membership in a relevant professional or networking association.

4. Get them a new certification, such as the CAP (Certified Administrative Professional).

5. Offer admins a half day off.

If you need to keep your gifts small, the IAAP suggests presenting admins with gift certificates, desk accessories, computer upgrades, or a bonus.

Written by Drea Knufken

Drea Knufken

Currently, I create and execute content- and PR strategies for clients, including thought leadership and messaging. I also ghostwrite and produce press releases, white papers, case studies and other collateral.