Celebrate Administrative Professionals Week

Published Monday, April 25, 2011 2:42 PM

Administrative professionals keep the business world humming. So this April 24-30, take time to celebrate Administrative Professionals Week with gestures as simple as a "thank you" card and as meaningful as offering tuition reimbursement for professional development coursework.

Did you know that there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles? These numbers from the Department of Labor underscore the fact that office professionals represent a significant bloc of workers in the economy. This April take time to recognize their vital contributions to the work world.

According to industry group IAAP (International Association of Industry Professionals), administrative support personnel prefer recognition coupled with opportunities for learning and growth. Ideas include:

  • Tuition reimbursement for college and graduate classes
  • Membership and participation in professional organizations
  • Reimbursement for online training programs
  • Registration for conferences, seminars, and continuing education workshops
  • Attainment of professional certification such as IAAP's Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) or Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) programs
  • Gift of business-related items, such as personalized business cards, desktop name-plate, gift certificate, ergonomically correct accessories, computer hardware/software upgrade
  • Monetary bonuses are always welcome!

Does your office do anything special to celebrate Administrative Professionals Week? What is the most meaningful recognition you've received for your contributions as an office professional? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.




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