All About National Administrative Professionals’ Day 2010


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Always be nice to secretaries. They are the real gatekeepers in the world. -Anthony J. D’Angelo

National Administrative Professionals’ Day happens on April 21, 2010. This day celebrates the more than 4 million administrative assistants and secretaries working in the US, as well as the nearly 9 million people working in support roles.

What is it? Formerly known as Secretary’s Day, National Administrative Professionals’ Day recognizes the work of the admins, receptionists, and other support staff in your office. It was founded in 1952 as a way to encourage more people to become secretaries.

How is it celebrated?
People celebrate National Administrative Professionals’ Day through corporate and community events, educational seminars, and individual gifts.

What gifts should I give? If you’re giving your admin a gift, here’s what the International Association of Administrative Professionals suggests:

-A handwritten thank-you card.
-A gift certificate.
-A monetary bonus.
-A new set of personalized business cards, desk accessories, or computer upgrades.
-A few hours or day off.
-A company-sponsored professional certification.
-A ticket to a professional development seminar (like the IAAP convention).
-An annual membership to a support organization.
-A seminar by a professional development speaker, or a special speech to admins by your CEO.

How do I find National Administrative Professionals’ Day events near me?
The IAAP has a good search tool that lets you find events by state.