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A little history

Hey y’all, next week is Administrative Professionals Week!!  

And the crowd goes wild!!  Whoop whoop, dere it IS!  Woo hoo!

Yeah, yeah, I know.  Yawn.  Just another Hallmark holiday.  Um, not.  Don’t get me wrong, that’s what I thought too.  But being a proud administrative professional myself I saw the upcoming “holiday” as pure gold in blogging inspiration so I did some research. 

Here’s some background from the Web:    

During World War II, there was an increased need for skilled administrative personnel, particularly in the United States. The National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions of secretaries and other administrative personnel to the economy, to support their personal development and to help attract people to administrative careers in the field. The association’s name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998.

These changes in name reflected the changing nature of the tasks, qualifications and responsibilities of the members of the organization. IAAP now has an international orientation and continues to provide education and training and set standards of excellence recognized by the business community on a global perspective. The organization’s vision is “to inspire and equip all administrative professionals to attain excellence”.

The first National Secretaries Week was organized in 1952 in conjunction with the United States Department of Commerce and various office supply and equipment manufacturers. The Wednesday of that week became known as National Secretaries Day. As the organization gained international recognition, the events became known as Professional Secretaries Week® and Professional Secretaries Day®. In 2000, IAAP announced that names of the week and the day were changed to Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day to keep pace with changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of the modern administrative workforce. Many work environments across the world observe this event.

Apparently not a Hallmark holiday huh?  I was very surprised to learn the observance has been around since before I was born! 

Now that we’re all edumucated on the origins of Administrative Professional Week/Day I’ll return you to your usual programming.  Until next time peeps…

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