Contrary to popular belief, Administrative Professionals Day, formerly known as Secretaries Day, was not started by the floral or gift card industries. In fact, its roots began during World War II. 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. The association’s name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998. As the organization’s scope and name changed, so has the holiday’s name.
With the ever-changing role of the administrative assistant, the stereotypical female secretary in a typing pool is no longer even remotely accurate. The role of the “admin” encompasses anyone whose job is to provide support, office administration, administrative assistance, paper and electronic filing, supply procurement, communications, technical support and so much more. Men and women fill these positions.
So when deciding what is appropriate as a gift in recognition of the contributions made by your admin, don’t make the mistake of slipping into a gender pit fall.
Flowers are an appropriate and appreciated thank-you gift — for men and women. Research from Texas A&M University reveals that flowers and plants naturally lift moods, boost workplace productivity, and enhance creative thinking — all beneficial to any company or organization. Read More