It's Administrative Professionals' Day...Celebrate Your Assistant

Administrative Professionals Day formerly known as Secretary's Day has become one of the largest workplace observances since it was first celebrated in 1952. Conceived of, and championed by New York publicist Harry F. Klemfuss, the first official celebration was proclaimed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer as "National Secretaries Week" and held during the first week of June.

Today, it's marked in the United States on Wednesday of the last full week of April, although the event is celebrated worldwide through community events, social gatherings or corporate recognition programs.

According to the International Association of Administrative Professionals, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States and more than 475,000 administrative professionals employed in Canada.

Here are a couple of last minute gift ideas for your assistant or a couple of subtle hints you can drop for the boss.

  • Flowers:  A spring bouquet of flowers like tulips, peonies or lilacs.
  • Chocolate:  Ghirardelli or Baci chocolates are our favorites.
  • Lieu Day:  Playing hookey is always fun, especially when it's authorized!
  • Training ops:  Pay for a day of coaching, self-study materials or an online self-improvement course.