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April 9, 2012

Have You Thanked Your Pulse Lately?

Yes, we should always say thank you to that steady beat of our pulse every morning when we wake up.  But the pulse I’m referring to is the pulse of your organization.  You know, that person who (seemingly) effortlessly manages everything in the office and picks up the pieces when things fall apart.  I’m talking about your administrative professional.  And the 2012 Administrative Professionals Day® is just around the corner and this year’s theme is: “Admins, the pulse of the office.”

Administrative Professionals Day will mark its 60th anniversary on April 25, 2012. Over those decades, the job of an administrative professional has changed dramatically thanks to new tools, techniques and seismic shifts in the economy and culture itself. But admins have remained the steady center of efficiency through it all, helping ensure that jobs get done right, on time and under budget. Admins are one of the engines of business, particularly in a complex economy. In a world that demands the accurate and speedy movement of digital information, admins are masters of data. And they do this while maintaining their more traditional role as the gatekeepers for many customers, clients and employees. Quite simply,admins are the pulse of the office.

Observed since 1952, Administrative Professionals Week is originated and solely sponsored by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAPA).  Over the years, Administrative Professionals Week has become one of the largest workplace observances. The event is celebrated worldwide, bringing together millions of people for community events, educational seminars and individual corporate activities recognizing support staff.

A few interesting statistics about administrative professionals:

  • There are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants in the U.S., according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles

According to IAAP’s 2011 Administrative Professional Skills Benchmarking Survey report, the typical administrative professional…

…is a 45-year-old woman.
…has at least an associate’s degree from a college or university.
…holds the title of “administrative assistant” or “executive assistant.”
…has at least 15 years of work experience.
…supports at least 3 managers and/or executives.
…works for a company with at least 500 employees.
…earns an hourly wage equal to about $45,000 a year.
…is responsible for troubleshooting office software and training others how to use it.
…makes purchasing decisions worth about $15,000 a year for their office.

So let’s all stop and mark our calendars to “Thank Our Pulse(s)” every day and especially during Administrative Professionals Week  - April 22-28 – and Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday, April 25.  For some ideas on how to celebrate, check out the IAPA’s website by clicking here.

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