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Let's Recognize ALL Support Staff on Administrative Professional’s Day - 4/24/24

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 is Administrative Professional's Day, but I propose we celebrate and recognize ALL support staff on this day.

Over the last decade, the title of Administrative Assistant has continued to decline.  While there may still be a call for this support role in municipalities, large corporations, and Professional Services Firms (lawyers & accountants), in small and medium sized businesses today, senior leaders, managers and directors, are responsible for their own administrative tasks, scheduling, and correspondence. 

Brief History:

Administrative Professionals Day, also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day, has an interesting history dating back to the mid-20th century. It originated in the United States in the 1950s. During that time, there was a shortage of skilled administrative personnel due to World War II, and the role of secretaries and administrative assistants became increasingly important in the workforce.

As the role of administrative professionals evolved beyond traditional secretarial duties to encompass a broader range of responsibilities, National Secretaries Week expanded to include Administrative Professionals Day.

In 2000, the name was officially changed to Administrative Professionals Day to reflect the changing nature of the profession and to recognize the contributions of administrative professionals in various roles.

Modern Evolution:

With the evolution of business including connected smart devices, internet everywhere, AI, and the last decade of “doing more with less”, the role and title of Administrative Assistant has evolved to include Office Coordinator, Operations Assistant, Project Coordinator, Customer Service, and Administrative Specialist, to name a few.  These employees keep the office organized, and operations running smoothly.

As we navigate the complexities of the modern workforce, it's important for employers and leadership to pause and acknowledge the invaluable contributions of all support staff. 

Why Recognize Support Staff?

Support staff are the silent force behind the scenes, ensuring the seamless functioning of day-to-day operations. From managing schedules and coordinating meetings to troubleshooting technical issues and maintaining a clean and organized workspace, their contributions are key to the overall success of any organization.

Recognizing support staff fosters a culture of appreciation and respect within the entire workplace. When employees feel valued and appreciated, morale improves, leading to higher job satisfaction and increased productivity.  This recognition sets a positive example for others, encouraging a culture of gratitude and mutual respect across all levels of the organization.

Ways to Recognize Support Staff:

  • Express Gratitude: Take the time to personally thank support staff for their hard work and dedication. A hand-written, personalized thank-you note expressing your gratitude for their hard work and dedication, is especially thoughtful and meaningful.  Including a gift card for coffee, gas, on-line purchases, or to a local restaurant, will be greatly appreciated!

  • Public Recognition: Give public shout-outs during team meetings or company-wide announcements to acknowledge support staff for their contributions. Recognizing efforts publicly boosts morale and motivation.

  • Celebrate Milestones: Recognize and celebrate important milestones, such as work anniversaries or achievements, with personalized messages, certificates, or small celebrations. Taking the time to acknowledge dedication and accomplishments fosters a sense of pride and fulfillment.

  • Opportunities for Advancement: Provide a clear path for growth and development, even within the same role.  This will motivate employees to excel in their roles and contribute even more to the company's success.

  • Professional Development: Invest in the growth and development of support staff by providing access to online or in-person training programs, workshops, or seminars to help them enhance their skills and advance in their careers.

  • Inclusive Decision Making: Involve support staff in discussions and the decision-making processes that impact their roles and responsibilities. Seeking their input shows that their opinions are valued and respected.


As employers and professionals, let's make a conscious effort to celebrate the Support Staff in our workplace and show our gratitude for their invaluable contributions. After all, a little appreciation goes a long way in fostering a positive work environment for everyone.

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