Celebrating Administrative Professionals Week

Celebrating Administrative Professionals Week

Celebrating Administrative Professionals: Unsung Heroes of the Workplace

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Today marks the commencement of Administrative Professionals Week—a seven-day tribute to the backbone of our offices, factories, and businesses. These dedicated professionals often work behind the scenes, ensuring the gears of productivity turn smoothly. But who exactly are they?

The term “administrative professionals” can be a bit elusive. In truth, it encompasses a wide range of roles. From greeting visitors and answering phones to coordinating projects and providing tech support, these unsung heroes wear many hats. They’re the ones who make work work, often without fanfare or flashy titles.

So, why celebrate them? Because they keep our engines running. They meticulously build presentations, engage customers, and handle myriad tasks that keep organizations thriving. This week, let’s shine a spotlight on their critical contributions and show our heartfelt appreciation.

Consider a name change:

The history of this occasion is intriguing. Back in the early 1950s, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer declared the first week of June as National Secretaries Week. Over time, the name evolved to “Professional Secretaries Week” and eventually settled on “Administrative Professionals Week” in 2000. Each change reflected the shifting landscape of administrative roles.

But perhaps it’s time for another shift. Last year, our Celebrations Pulse community brainstormed alternative names. Suggestions ranged from “National Support Professionals Week” to “Office Superstars Week.” One member even proposed a return to the classic “Secretaries Week.”

The Value of Appreciation

Regardless of titles , let’s recognize the significance of our workplace relationships. We spend a lot of time at work. It can surpass the time we share with friends and family. Beyond paychecks, work enriches our lives through connections and friendships.

Like tending a garden, nurturing office friendships requires effort. Celebrating victories together, extending a helping hand during tough times, and fostering an inclusive environment—all contribute to a positive workplace. And bosses, take note: Friend-filled offices lead to happier, more creative, and collaborative employees. They also boost engagement, retention, and customer service outcomes.

Expressing Gratitude

So, whether you call it Administrative Professionals Week or something else entirely, seize this opportunity. Use your power—whether through a handwritten note, email, text, or phone call—to appreciate those who keep us moving forward. Let’s celebrate the unsung heroes who make our workdays brighter, our teams stronger, and our journey worthwhile.

Wishing you all the best,



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