Administrative Professionals’ Day (also known as Administrative Assistant Day, Secretaries Day or Admin Day) is a day to highlight the important role of secretaries, assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support, which is observed in several countries.
During World War II, there was an increased need for skilled administrative personnel, particularly in the United States. Mary Barrett and C. King Woodbridge launched the holiday while serving on a council addressing a national shortage of skilled office workers 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.” Account executives at Young & Rubicam originated the idea for a National Secretaries Week.
The official period of celebration was held June 1–7 in 1952, with Wednesday, June 4, 1952 and designated as National Secretaries Day. In 1955, the observance date of National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981, and became Administrative Professionals Week in 2000 to encompass the expanding responsibilities and job titles of administrative support staff.
3 Ways To Celebrate
Administrative Professionals’ Day has become one of the largest workplace holidays celebrated through community events, social gatherings, and individual corporate activities recognizing support staff with gifts. Many US companies celebrate by giving flowers, candy, trinkets, lunch at a restaurant, gift cards, or time off. However, the IAAP suggests that employers provide training opportunities for their administrative staff.
Over time, many more employers and supervisors have started arranging events to show their appreciation of the work carried out by administrative professionals, to highlight their importance to the organization and to enhance their work-related skills. Show your administrative professional staff how much you appreciate their contributions this year.
One of the best ways to make someone feel like their job is important is to invest in their role or department, especially in ways that make work more fun, efficient or easier. Your team will be more energized, have more time for other tasks and feel recognized.
If you’re managing a marketing department, ask your team to help identify opportunities for more data and automation. If you’re managing an accounting team, explore tools and training for programs like Salesforce. Do you lead a project management team? Check out tools like Trello. (bonus: it’s free!)
2. Invest in play.
Having fun at work doesn’t just lead to great company culture, it also boosts productivity. Over 80% of the United States’ workforce is stressed over work. Gamified apps for offices (like Officevibe) are newest tools for employees to get work done in an efficient manner while allowing them to enjoy themselves.
Team building activities, events, and icebreakers also help the members of your team create bonds that are as authentic as they are deep. Opportunities for play are a great way to celebrate and create a culture of teamwork. TeamBonding events are a perfect fit for Administrative Professionals’ Day.
Everyone loves a delicious treat. The Ice Cream Making Challenge provides a little competition with some hands-on learning and a lot of fun. When the liquid nitrogen is poured out of its special container it creates a very dramatic cloud of smoke and evokes oohs and aahs from your group. Watch your staff become children again as they wave their hands, arms, and bodies through the cloud.
Picture Perfect provides an opportunity to literally see the “bigger picture” come together through communication and collaboration. The final masterpiece is huge and proves to be a remarkable piece of art that illustrates your staff’s contributions to a greater whole, which can be hung at work as a permanent reminder.
Does everyone know about how your administrative staff supports the company as a whole? Well, put them to the test. Survey Says can be customized to cover the unique traits of your organization.
3. Invest in learning.
Professional training programs delivered by industry experts like Michael Miller are designed to energize your organization. Based on your specific need, each team building and professional development program combines work and play led by passionate, experienced and often local trainers. Through programs like TEAMProv and Drumming Up A Team, your administrative staff will learn by doing and have still have fun in the process.
Is your team spread throughout the country or around the world? Programs like Virtual TeamBonding can still help you celebrate and learn.
What are some of the unique ways that you celebrate Administrative Professionals’ Day?
Mention team building and you’ll see a lot of eye rolls. Mention that you’ve planned a team building event and the room will fill with groans. To a lot of people, team building feels like a corporate buzzword synonymous with forced participation, uncomfortable interaction and just a means to an end. Some think of it as purely a waste of time, taking them away from work they could be doing.
We have an exciting year of trade shows lined up! From ice sculpting demonstrations to battling with bows & arrows, our team is ready to bring the fun to these events across the country. Will you be in attendance at any of these shows?! If so, be sure to swing by our booth and say hello!
When it’s summer time, head outside to enjoy the rays and blue skies. DYI (Do it yourself) outdoor team building is a great way to learn new activities while surrounded by fun company and building strong bonds.
The workplace can be stressful at times and it’s important for employees to step outside the office to recharge. With summer generally considered to be a more carefree time, it’s a perfect season to host a company outing. Summer outings can be entertaining, but also establish a more interactive and positive workplace. Summer is right around the corner, and this is a great time to consider your outing plans!
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively in order to work effectively. (more…)
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