Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day
Posted on 04/25/2018
Image of Administrative Professionals DayAkron Public Schools wishes to acknowledge ​the tremendous support from our staff of administrative professionals. Our staff of professionals: keeps things running well in more than 50 buildings; with little notice, helps people in a bind; arranges for catering for on-site and off-site events; sets up meetings and organizes calendars, meeting rooms and last-minute changes; and much more. There is too much to detail here.

​For the administrators in every company, business and organization, we encourage you to take time -- not just on this day -- to thank and recognize the women and men who keep things running smoothly with tremendous organizational skills and attention to detail. We are grateful for your hard work and dedication.​

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During World War II, there was an increased need for skilled administrative personnel, particularly in the United States. 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 in the field. The association's name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998.

These changes in name reflected the changing nature of the tasks, qualifications and responsibilities of the members of the organization. IAAP now has an international orientation and continues to provide education and training and set standards of excellence recognized by the business community on a global perspective. The organization's vision is "to inspire and equip all administrative professionals to attain excellence.”

The first National Secretaries Week was organized in 1952 in conjunction with the United States Department of Commerce and various office supply and equipment manufacturers. The Wednesday of that week became known as National Secretaries Day. As the organization gained international recognition, the events became known as Professional Secretaries Week® and Professional Secretaries Day®. In 2000, IAAP announced that names of the week and the day were changed to Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day to keep pace with changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of the modern administrative workforce. Many work environments across the world observe this event.
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