Administrative Professionals Day or Secretary's Day
About Administrative Professionals Day or Secretary's Day
When is Administrative Professionals Day? This holiday is observed on April 26, 2023; April 24, 2024; April 23, 2025; April 22, 2026
Administrative Professionals Week: The last full week in April - April 22-28, 2023; April 21-27, 2024; April 20-26, 2025; April 19 - 25, 2026
Today is National Administrative Professionals Day, also called National Secretary’s Day. National Professional Secretaries Week and National Secretaries Day were created in 1952 through the work of Harry F. Klemfuss of Young and Rubicam. Klemfuss recognized the importance and value of the secretarial position, to a company or business and management. His goal in creating this day was to encourage more women to become secretaries. (Nowadays, that would be both women and men). Using his skill and experience in public relations, Klemfuss, promoted the values and importance of the job that secretaries do. In doing so, he also created the holiday in recognition of the importance of secretaries.
The name of this special day has changed and evolved over the past few decades. Yet, the importance of recognizing these vital individuals has continued to grow. The two new terms in use today are: “Administrative Professionals” and “Executive Administrators (or Admins)”. The two names sometimes mean different roles and responsibilities in different companies and organizations. Both are broader terms, that encompass more positions than the original “Secretary” role.
The name change recognizes and acknowledges that the role has changed significantly since 1952, and for the better at that. We think Klemfuss would agree with the evolution of Secretary’s Day. In Harry Klemfuss’ day, these positions were the realm of women. Today, you find males in these positions, too.
Did You Know? This professional position is also sometimes called “Executive Admin”.
How to Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day
The most common ways of recognizing your Administrative Professional(s) today are:
- First and foremost, tell them how much they are appreciated.
- Tell them how vital they are to the smooth operation of the office.
- Give flowers
- Cards, often with restaurant or shopping gift certificates
- Take them to lunch
- Assorted Gift Baskets
Thought for Today
It takes one minute to change your attitude, and in that one minute you can change your whole day.
History and Origin of Secretary's Day
In 1952, U.S. Secretary of Commerce National Secretaries Week. The National Secretaries Association with the support of corporate groups created National Secretary’s Day.
In 1955, both of these events were moved to April. Then, in 1981 the word “Secretary” was replaced with the words “Professional Secretaries”. Then, in 2000, the name was changed again to “Administrative Professionals”. The name change reflected the changing role of this profession and includes more people.
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