Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Administrative Professionals Day - 2007

Did you think I'd forgotten?

Well, if you honestly answered "yes," then I'll honestly admit I almost did! I had to go to physical therapy this morning and actually had a lot on my plate, so I just happened to get some unexpected money in and I checked the calendar and there it was! I promise to be more thorough next year and plan in advance.

Many writers have worked as administrative assistants or in other clerical positions, and we all perform these duties for ourselves (well, at least until we hit The Big Time), so I think we all deserve a pat on the back - even if we have to wrench an elbow getting it!

Administrative Professionals Day was organized in the 1950s and was originally called Secretaries' Day. The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) changed the name in 2000. It is always the Wednesday of Administrative Professionals Week, which is always the last full week of April. It's an administrative feat just to keep up with it all! While computers, voice mail, and other automated services have alleviated much of an administrative professional's responsibility, the position is still in demand and the duties still require a human to operate them. Hallmark says that, according to the US Department of Labor, there are about 4.1 million clerical jobs nationwide, of which men comprise only 1%.

This year's theme is "Shaping the Future" and you can learn more about this and other Administrative Professionals-related errata on the IAAP-sponsored information site.

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