It’s time to celebrate all the Administrative Assistants in the U.S. on this Wednesday, April 23rd 2014. This Wednesday marks the 62nd year Administrative Professionals Day has been celebrated throughout the United States.

Ever wonder where Administrative Professionals Day came from? Well we’re going to tell you! During World War II, there was an increased need for assistants and secretaries in the workplace. In an effort to make more people want to be secretaries as well as recognize the people who were already secretaries, the National Secretaries Association was formed. The main goal of the association was to support all the secretaries throughout U.S. for their skill development as well as give them the opportunity to attract more assistants to join the field. In 1981 the name of the association was changed to Professional Secretaries International and then changed again in 1998 to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). 

The idea behind the specific day once a year to recognize the Administrative Assistants came from Mary Barrett, president of the National Secretaries Associates at the time. The first celebration for Administrative Assistants came in 1952 and was for an entire week referred to as “National Secretaries Week.” The first Secretaries Day was sponsored by the National Secretaries Association with the support of corporate groups around the U.S. In 2000 the name of Professional Secretaries Week was changed to Administrative Professionals Week. 

Given it’s length in history as well as the amount of Administrative Assistants throughout the U.S., Administrative Professionals Week has become one of the largest workplace observances. There are over 4 million Administrative Assistants working in the United States. The special event (usually during the last full week of April) is often celebrated by events in the office as well as flowers, small gifts, notes and candy. At the very least make sure to at least say “thank you” to all the Administrative Assistants that you work with on Wednesday! 

Gift ideas for Administrative Professionals Day:

Don’t worry if you forget about Administrative Professionals Day until Wednesday, there are always same day delivery flowers. Simple pink tulips are the perfect way to say “thank you” for all the Administrative Assistants in your office. Also if your Administrative Assistant isn’t fond of flowers, have no fear! There are also delicious gift baskets to send them. Lots of options to choose from and as long as you do something you can’t go wrong! X