Secretary’s Day: A History

Every spring for one week, offices around the world celebrate and recognize the hard work implemented by administrative professionals of all kinds. The holiday formally called “Administrative Professionals Day” is celebrated in North America on a Wednesday during the fourth week of April. It is most well known and observed in North America and Europe and has grown to be a modern, fun filled event as well as one of the highest observed holidays in the workplace.

The holiday dates back to the 50’s when National Secretaries Week was observed for the first time. The National Secretaries Association as well as corporate groups sponsored the first official holiday, and so the trend was set on Wednesday, June 4, 1952. The goal of the holiday was to emphasize the importance of the secretarial position, its value in business and its appeal to the female worker.

According to Wikipedia, “a secretary or administrative assistant is a person whose work consists of supporting management, including executives, using a variety of project management, communication and organizational skills.” In addition to the common secretarial duties such as filing, typing letters and correspondence and other word processing, a secretary sometimes overseas confidential business. Hence, the root of the word secretary comes from the word (secretum) meaning to be set apart, also dealing with confidentiality and “secrecy.”

Secretary’s Day is often celebrated with gatherings, outings to restaurants, ordering lunch in the office, community events and/or classic gift giving such as candy, flowers or even time off.  Whether he or she is a secretary, an administrative assistant, a receptionist or an executive assistant, there is a valuable person that can assist any and all types of companies and businesses. Whether you need help with scheduling, you work on the road and could use a helping hand with missed calls or are looking for a full time administrative professional; there is a business guardian angel waiting for you.

At Officense, our on-site executive assistants know and understand your business, greet your clients and answer and screen your calls per your instruction. We focus on delivering a level of service, unmatched by anyone and our team makes every effort possible to cater to your company’s specific needs and standards. Getting the executive help your business needs is something to celebrate.

Happy Secretary’s Day from Officense!

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