Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day April 22, 2015

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Show Your Gratitude on Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day is coming up on April 22. Administrators do all kinds of work the average employee may not recognize. They keep our workplaces running smoothly so everyone can focus on his or her specific work tasks. They handle dozens of different problems, suggestions, questions, and complaints every day. Yet these professionals rarely receive the appreciation they deserve. If anything, they are blamed when something goes wrong in the workplace and maligned for trying to do their jobs. Today, we’ll show you how to fill your administrative professionals’ “thank tanks” this April 22.

What Is Administrative Professionals Day?

Before you can show gratitude to your administrative professionals, it helps to know why you are doing it. Administrative Professionals Day is actually part of an entire week that runs from April 19-25. The day itself is celebrated on that Wednesday. The day was formerly known as Secretaries’ Day and was changed in 1981 when the National Secretaries Association became Professional Secretaries International.

The founders behind what is now Administrative Professionals Day were Mary Barrett, a past president of what is now the International Association of Administrative Professionals, C. King Woodbridge of the Dictaphone Corporation, and Harry F. Klemfuss, a public relations account executive at Young and Rubicam. In 1952, then-U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer proclaimed Administrative Professionals Week a national holiday, with a special observance on Wednesday of that week.

How Can You Show Appreciation?

Whether your administrator is a secretary, supervisor, superintendent, or someone else, there are a myriad of ways to show your gratitude to them this April. Stores like Hallmark offer several greeting card and e-card options, as well as commemorative plaques. Flowers, candies, and small gifts such as cash bonuses are popular as well. Yet many celebrants are now going the non-traditional route. Try these ideas:

Specific praise aimed at character traits or duties that were excellently performed. If your administrator is one of the best mentors you know, tell him or her with a personalized note. If he or she is a whiz at organization, public relations, or getting rid of computer problems, extol those accomplishments either publicly or privately.


  • Personalized mugs, lunch bags, or gift bags. Visit a reputable website for several options.
  • Fun office accoutrements, such as a clock, pens, or picture frames.
  • An invitation out to lunch, dinner, or dessert – the office’s treat, of course.
  • A gift certificate to his or her favorite store (physical or online), or for a day of pampering such as a massage or facial.

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