Are you celebrating Administrative Professionals Day?

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Today is Administrative Professionals Day, which is one of the most popular workplace-related holidays. This year’s theme, according to the International Association of Administrative Professionals is Excellence in action.

Is your office recognizing the administrative staff this year? If you are an administrative professional, do you feel that you are appreciated by other staff members?

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April 22nd, 2009
6:56 pm

I apparently have the greatest boss in the whole wide world! Every year we receive a letter that let’s us know how much we are appreciated and in that letter is $100. I’ve worked for this company for 5 years and it’s happened every year. Other girl’s have been there 20+ years and they’ve always received $100 (I guess no inflation!). This year he went a little beyond – and bought lunch for all of us and our spouse’s if we so chose. He’s the greatest boss I’ve ever had and I look forward to this time every year!!


April 22nd, 2009
7:01 pm

Oh, and I forgot to mention I’m a different Kristin!! Irony!


April 23rd, 2009
8:39 am

It might not be correct, but it is used AND accepted..Some people just always want to be nit picky..


April 23rd, 2009
12:20 pm

I work for two departments totaling about thirty professionals. One department always remembered me; the other department has never done anything. This year, however, our Dept. Chair retired and the new Chair hasn’t done anything at all. Call me a child if you want although I am a mature women of 52 and have been in this line of work for over 35 years (but, NEVER a MARTYR, Kristen!) but it does feel good to be acknowledged, especially in this day and age when one person is the support person for so many people (boy, do I miss the days when I was Administrative Secretary to just the top dog!). All is takes is a THANK YOU! And, no, Kristin, these folks DO NOT remember on a regular basis to express any thanks what so ever. So different from other places I’ve worked where I did feel appreciated. Anyway, Happy Administrative Professionals Day to me and to all those other ladies (and the occasional gent) who don’t get acknowledged or thanked!


April 23rd, 2009
2:45 pm

I was looking for a blog on this and I am so grateful to have found this thread. I have always hated this made up holiday. I have been an Executive Assistant for 10 years and this stupid day always grated on me. I agree with Kristin, why do we have Administrative Professionals Day or Week? There is no “Project Manager Day” or “Accountant Day”. Why is there an Administrative Professionals Day? It has a tone to it, like “pat the idiot on the back” day. We are respected and paid professionals just like anybody else. It’s offensive. Plus, there are a ton of subjective job titles that may or may not fall into an Administrative Professional category. How do you know who to include and who not to include? What’s the deal- it’s treating anyone who works in an adminstrative capacity as children.


April 23rd, 2009
3:02 pm

I do feel very appreciated. I work at a church, and the other staff has been just terrific. Admin. Professionals Day was even another staff member’s birthday, and they chose to take primarily ME out to lunch. Of course, I brought the gentleman’s birthday present and we celebrated that too. My boss paid for my lunch at Cosi, and the rest of the staff got me a beautiful plant. Not only do they tell me once a year that I’m appreciated, but I they do tell me constantly. (Must be because I’m great at finding the bit of paper that’s jamming the printer.) :) We are a non-profit organization, and a struggling church (especially with the current economic situation). But we are a tight-knit group and I feel very blessed to be in this position with these thoughtful coworkers. I wish everyone could experience the appreciation and thoughtfulness I’ve been blessed to be around. And my husband sent me a card at work! He’s taking me out to dinner this weekend, and I’m taking him out as it’s his birthday. Yay for gift cards! ;)


April 23rd, 2009
7:11 pm

Dear God, Knit me a Sweater and I will wear it everyday!


April 23rd, 2009
7:54 pm

Dawn, I LOVED your comments. Well said!


April 24th, 2009
12:24 pm

I agree with ungrateful B’s comment. Just do your job whether you are thanked or not. Because if you dont there will be another admin out there who will do it without complaining.

This is our job. If you get thanked Wonderful, if you dont it shouldnt matter. Do you tell your boss that they are wonderful and you can’t make it without them? NO, so u want to receive compliments but cant give them.

Im tired of hearing ya’ll want to cancel this day because its offensive. How can acknowleding someone for all their work be offensive. Ya’ll complain entirely too much. The ones who get aknowledged love it and the sorry hags who dont complain.

Maybe your not doing your job as well as you think you are.

Get a life. If you dont love your job and cant do it regardless of the acknowledgement then your in the wrong business.

Admins are special thats why they acknowledge us for a whole week and no other profession, so if you dont feel special maybe your not going above and beyond your call of duty to be acknowledged. You ever thought of that? That gives you something to think about.


April 24th, 2009
3:12 pm

Actually, my boss told me that he didn’t acknowledge it because I was more than just an admin. So does that mean that he over values me or under values the position. That was my point- there is a tone to Admin. Day that causes some people feel like they are insulting someone for acknoledging them. Do we work harder than other positions and deserve a holiday? Or do they have it to make up for treating some admins like crap all the other days of the year?


April 24th, 2009
3:19 pm

I sent the following message to all my girls here at work:

Happy Administrative Professionals Day.
Please take a moment to contemplate my thoughtfulness and then get you butt back to work.


April 24th, 2009
4:20 pm

I think that we all enjoy being told thank you and that you are appreciated regardless if it’s at work or home..No one has ever died from being nice to others..


April 28th, 2009
7:51 am

For Admin Prof Day last year my super gave me a card and took me out to my favorite venue. I felt great. Keeping up the good work.

Then the Nepotism started. It went downhill from there.

I watched a Day Care provider turn into a Administrative Officer in 8 months of being here. WOW!

She was really smelling herself now. Being rude and nasty. I complained. Should never have done that.”How dare I demand respect”. Downhill from there.

At this point we were not fully staffed, leaving me to cover 4 branches and 6 when the other MA was on leave. When I say cover, I mean…Travel,Travel Vouchers,Timesheets,Credit Card Purchases,Training and more!

Admin Prof Day came, and I just knew I was going to be recognized being as though I had busted my butt all this time. Oboy was I wrong!

I watched everyone around get taken out to lunch and more. I sat at my desk doing other branch tasks, and not one person said a word to me.

At the end of the week(Admin Day) my super comes to me acting like she forgot about the special day and hands me a pack of old a$$ sample craft cards she made when I fist got here two years ago(I think she forgot I saw them already)they were hideous. Then she says, “I would take you somewhere but I dont know what you eat”.WTF, are you serious! You took me to my favorite venue last year you fat..<>. Anyhoo,I was/am pissed.


April 28th, 2009
8:08 am

Im not trying to be rude or anything to the folks telling others to get over it are more than likely the folks that got a simple “Thank You”. However, There is a such thing as respect in the workplace as it is at home This builds morale at home and work.

You expect your husband to show you how much he appreciates you every once in a while right? What happens when you don’t award your child for good behavior, they tend not to do good in the future, especially when your constantly awarding the bad behavior. Although we are not children, everyone knows that we tend to act that way when we feel as though we are not appreciated. Everyone needs love and appreciation, regardless of your age. It keeps you strong.

Teaches people not to be ignorant towards good deeds. Regardless if it’s your job or not(we all need some sort of reassurance, in the workplace and home).

We all know what results in not being appreciated EX:

Horrible customer service(you ever called a business and end up with a rude lady on the phone?) where do you think that results from. NOT BEING APPRECIATED FOR HER GOOD WORK AT SOME TIME.
Psychos: Where do you think the term “Going Postal” comes from.

That being said, I know who I am, and what I am capable of…but i will not be disrepected in no way!


April 28th, 2009
9:23 am

Hey Scrooge,

On your smug comment that ends with ‘…get you butt back to work…’ it would be one your Admins that would correct your spelling.


April 28th, 2009
2:23 pm

Well, my manager and the entire staff purchased the administrative staff gifts. And it was very thoughtful of them. With all the work we do, hell we basically run the office. So I was very appreciative of my gift, it was worth it and I wasn’t expecting it, hell they even sanged to us!


May 2nd, 2010
2:02 pm

I gave all my girls a gift card to Starbucks. I am their supervisor and although it wasn’t much, I wanted them to know they were appreciated. One of them doesn’t like me as her supervisor and told my manager I was being rude to her. I reminded her about the gift I gave her because I do appreciate her, and she said “I haven’t used it and I don’t even want it”. So how do you deal with that other than I won’t be giving that employee anymore gifts if they don’t want them, right?