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You know them, you see them every day running all over the office, and you have probably—at one time or another—overloaded their inboxes with your requests for a new computer, a better office, and a way to hide (possibly in their offices) from the local chatterbox. (Who, me?)
Who are they? Where do they come from? And why are we so tied to them? Why, they're your administrative professionals, of course, and the last full week of April—every April—is THEIR week.
So tell me: What have you done for your admins lately?
Often, what admins do is in the background and not completely noticeable to the rest of us. (Some of us have higher profile jobs, such as executives who talk to the media, developers who create a fabulous piece of software and get a patent, and oh, I don't know, popular online columnists.) So they don't get the credit, thanks, praise, and devotion that they richly deserve.
Well, let me tell you a bit about what these people do, so that you can start your appreciation motors running:
Must I go on? Yes, I must. Because sometimes the load of work these folks do can be overwhelming and frankly, I'm not sure they're getting the help they need.
A better question might be: Why haven't I done anything yet? Yes, your florist wants you to know that the last full week of every April is the designated Administrative Professionals Week. That's nice and everything, but I'm guessing that these good folks could use some recognition from you more than once a year. I mean, mothers get Mother's Day, but we also get the love and affection of our kids every single day. Same with St. Patrick's Day: When you're Irish, you're proud of it; March 17 is just a day to be even prouder. And International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19? Who stops on September 20?
So...here are some suggestions on how you can thank your administrative assistant or office manager (or receptionist...or any other sort of person who supports you and your organization) all year long:
So, a big thank you to Nicki, to Debbie, to Pat, to Rita, and to the entire International Association of Administrative Professionals; I've been invited to be their speaker at the yearly banquet in the Seattle area on April 20, and I will thank them for all of us!
"He who is carried on another's back does not appreciate how far off the town is." — African proverb
— Crabby !--
As a 15-year professional admin (currently Executive Assistant to the SVP of Development - I know, La De Dah!) - I want to thank you for is gentle reminder. Our work often does go un-noticed, which is fine, most of us are not doing what we do for the money or the glory, we actually just like helping people, making things run smoother, and often enjoy the amazing diversity of tasks, projects, etc. to which we are assigned.