Free lunch for administrative professionals today

It’s time to honor the people who make you look good — your administrative professionals.

Stop by Shula’s 347 Grill in Buckhead from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. today to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day. Treat your coworker to lunch at Shula’s, and his or her meal is on the huose. Enjoy signature burgers, sandwiches, salads and more from the express lunch menu. Valid only today with a minimum party of two; good for one free meal off the express lunch menu or $10 off a regular entrée.

Shula’s 347 Grill is located in the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel. 3405 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta. 404-848-7345.

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April 27th, 2011
8:49 am

what is an adminstrative professional?


April 27th, 2011
9:05 am

wish I were near enough to take advantage of that : ) They offer a luncheon where I work – and it costs money!

Tom Pantone

April 27th, 2011
9:07 am

To answer the previous poster: An “administrative professional” is indeed a secretary. Except just as recently as last year they were called “administrative assistants.” Everyone got a promotion! Nobody wants to be a mere assistant these days; everyone must fall far right of the center (which is a whole other discussion!!) and be better than the rest. It’s the manifestation of a whole generation of kids raised to think they are more worthy than their accomplishments or innate abilities demonstrate. Now those kids have jobs and need the commensurate title. No offense – my sister is a secretary to a high-powered national company’s VP and makes more money than I do – but my point is that sometimes a janitor is simply a janitor, and not a Facilities Maintenance Engineer. No Billy, you are NOT good at soccer, and I am uncertain as to why I have to chip in for a trophy at the end of the season when our team of 6-year olds won not a single game and you scored not a single goal. A certificate denoting participation is one thing, but a trophy connotes winning, does it not? Can’t have you think at such an early age that you somehow don’t measure up, lest your feelings be hurt. Best of luck in the competitive world economy to all of us here in America – the absolute GREATEST country in the world! (And I have the trophy to prove it.)

Paula Roberts

April 27th, 2011
9:18 am

An Administrative Professional is a person who tends to all of the administrative needs of an organization, which are many. The term “secretary” was removed from most organizations because the lines became blurred between receptionist, secretary, clerk, administrator as organizations scaled back and eliminated those positions, causing one person to do a job done by four people in the past. As the V.P. of Administration for my organization, with many Administrative Professionas to keep our organization on it’s toes, I take it very personally when someone seeks to diminish the role of an administrative professional. Send all of the Administrative Professionals home for that week and see what happens. It won’t be pretty.

Tom Pantone

April 27th, 2011
9:26 am

Lest anyone else misunderstand my post, and my point, as an earlier poster has, I am in no way diminishing the role of a secretary. I am speaking directly to the silliness of giving elevated and convoluted titles to people in any profession, or accolades to those who maybe don’t deserve it, since it clouds the description of what that person actually does, or makes someone feel (as in my soccer example) that they have done a better job than they have. Oops, wait, I have to go: I have been on hold on another line and the next “customer service care professional” has answered my call…


April 27th, 2011
9:45 am

Thanks, Paula!!! People have no idea how much work an Admin does to keep things running. Personally, I’d love the week off, but I know businesses wouldn’t be able to survive even a week (I’d give it three days, tops) if all Admins checked out.

Professional Assistant III

April 27th, 2011
9:46 am

Send all of the Administrative Professionals home for that week and see what happens. It won’t be pretty.

Well said, Paula


April 27th, 2011
10:19 am

All was well for Costanza until Steinbrenner gave his secretary a 25% raise at his urging, until he realized she was making more than him…but at least he got her in the sack. Think it was under the same desk he had renovated for naps.

Appreciated Executive Assistant

April 27th, 2011
10:30 am

Let me guess Tom, you are some mid-level manager who is severely pissed off at the fact that your sister makes more than you. You’re overweight, undersexed and probably still walk around like you own the joint.

Yes, we celebrate Administrative Professionals day because people like us are what make people like you look good on a daily basis. It’s a thankless job 364 days out of the year and believe it or not most Admin’s don’t get recognized the other 364 days much less this one day, but you no doubt are invited to fancy dinners, blessed with frequent flier miles which you are able to use for your personal family vacation and expect people to bow down to you because you’re the VP of B.S. at your little company. Believe me, when you walk out of your office each day, nobody on the outside cares less that you think you’re a hotshot that deserves respect.

So, I suggest you stop typing your little rants followed by your back peddling comments and thank the person that helps you look good on a daily basis. This person may not even be an Admin, but no doubt people like you need a day like this to be REMINDED to be appreciative of all the hard work your underlings provide for you.

P.S. Was the customer service care professional able to schedule your home lawn care?


April 27th, 2011
10:53 am

My question is where do you draw the line as far as what an admin does vs other supportive rolls within a company. Why should an Administrative Assistant get a designated week vs others with in a company that makes the day to day operations happen. Administrative Professionals week is a pretty outdated notion in my opinion.


April 27th, 2011
10:59 am

If your company is taking you to a free lunch to show their appreciation…time to update the resume!

Tom Pantone

April 27th, 2011
11:23 am

To be clear: I did not backpedal. To be clearer: I started my career as a secretary, and worked my way up to my current position. I understand what it means to be depended on. As far as the personal attacks on me go, I have no comment, lest I look as ill-informed as that poster. I am not jealous of my sister, and do not get FF miles (as I don’t travel for my job). I do my own lawn, and always have, as it is a bit of a hobby.

So once more for people who still think I am putting down secretaries: I am simply saying that giving them an elevated title is silly, as is an appreciation day. Better, would be to be appreciated every day, and to educate people about what a secretary actually DOES (lots) versus create a new title that makes them sound like something that deserves respect, in lieu of giving that respect itself.

Admin here

April 27th, 2011
11:35 am

So, the title offends you? You are saying that because we are secretaries, we are not professional, is that it? In our office, the term encapsulates all of the people that run the facilities, the receptionists, people that create documents used in multi-million dollar deals, and yes, secretaries that handle the schedules of people working on a level that provides jobs for people like you. We help run the machine. So, thanks for comparing us to a child’s soccer league. That wasn’t condescending AT ALL. You think anyone strives to be a secretary? Probably not. I didn’t. But I also know that I now work for one of the top companies in the world and yes, I bet I make more money than you. Also, my benefits and 401(k) plan are top-notch. So, to you from this secretary – go blow it out your rear, hot shot. I hope your admin spits in your coffee today, if you have one. And you probably don’t.

Keep peddling, though. And AEA10:30am..ha!

Tom Pantone

April 27th, 2011
12:06 pm

I did not compare you to children. I did not say I was offended. You folks are missing my point, but that’s okay. I’ve had fun sharing my thoughts and hearing other incorrect opinions, and since I have been called an elitist, among other things, I sign off with these well wishes for those who commented so negatively towards me: turn off Fox News, think for yourself, and skip the Charlie Sheen Winning tour when it comes to your town. Read a book, learn something, and maybe one day you won’t be a lowly secretary any longer.

(I think that is what all of you figure I am thinking so I wanted you to be able to sleep well tonight in your self-righteous misunderstanding.)

Back to the golf course.

Admin here

April 27th, 2011
12:41 pm

Tom, that was pitiful. I would say “nice try,” but even that wouldn’t be true. You said something stupid, you got slapped, and any decent man would have apologized and moved on. But no, not you, king of your impotent little world. Here’s a suggestion for you – work hard, stop arguing with “lowly secretaries” on the internet, and maybe one day you’ll get to play with the big boys and have an assistant of your own that you can offend every, single day.

Call Me Whatever You Want

April 27th, 2011
2:42 pm

After almost 30 years in this line of work, I have been called just about everything: secretary, administrative assistant, executive assistant, administrative professional, blah, blah, blah. I have always maintained that I don’t care what you call me, just keep that great big steady paycheck coming. That paycheck, and the satisfaction of knowing that this place would fall apart without me, is what makes it worth dealing with uninformed idiots like Tom on a daily basis.


April 28th, 2011
6:38 am

Pretty sad exchange. Many of these comments are far from professional; the grammar and spelling errors further weaken your case.
Do some of you really believe that “things” will fall apart if you took a few days off? Is there an unspoken message that the absence of non-administrative professionals (whatever that might be) would make no difference?


April 28th, 2011
8:20 am

What “case” is “weakened?” Nobody really believes any place is going to shut down because the AAs aren’t there – HOWEVER – can you please explain to me what is wrong with 1) doing this job, for pay, thus not taking your tax dollars to support a family, and 2) some poor slob getting a free ice cream cone one day a year. For the love of all that is holy, really? Lighten up.