April 25, 2007
Thank Your Admin Today
Today marks Administrative Professionals Day, part of a weeklong celebration that recognizes the workplace contributions of more than 5.5 million administrative assistants, secretaries and administrative support supervisors currently employed in the US, according to the US Department of Labor.
Administrative Professionals Week began as National Secretaries Week. That was back in 1952, before the advent of the electric typewriter and long before the personal computer. It was an era that defined secretarial work as part manual labor and part Girl Friday. Large offices often had their own stenographer pool, typically a group of women who churned out documents en masse on cartridge typewriters (check out some great vintage film from this era).
While today’s office is a different place, some things haven’t changed. Many a modern workplace still relies on the skills, knowledge and expertise of a great admin to keep things running smoothly, whether as secretary, general admin, medical admin or virtual assistant.
The theme of this year’s Administrative Professionals Week (April 23 through 28) is Shaping the Future. And what is that future? As the workplace becomes more and more mobile, administrative professionals “need to take charge of their own career development and be fully aware that the necessary skills to remain key contributors to employers are constantly changing,” according to the International Association of Administrative Professionals. (IAAP)
Let’s add to that an awareness of financial worth -- for example, according to the IAAP, the 2006 salary for a senior executive assistant was anywhere between $37,000 and $51,000. Such a wide range puts the onus on the worker to negotiate for a competitive salary, one that reflects their skills and experience. That’s particularly an important factor for women, according to the authors of Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide. In surveys, they found that women were 2.5 times more likely than men to feel "a great deal of apprehension” about negotiating.
If you’re working as an admin, hats off to you. You’re one of the folks who continue to make modern business hum smoothly. In honor of your special week, we’ve put together these articles on admin career development.
And if you work with one, take a moment today or this week to say thank you to your admin, perhaps with a bouquet of flowers or lunch. If you need some guidance, check out these suggestions.
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