The last full week of April marks the annual observance of Administrative Professionals week and the Wednesday of that week honors Administrative Professionals Day. During this time period, if prompted to mention your favorite Administrative Professional, you may be quick to blurt out Karen Walker from "Will & Grace", Pam Beesly from "The Office", or maybe even Waylon Smithers from "The Simpsons". However, before you speak, you may want to bestow that honor on someone a little closer to home.
Those who have chosen a career as an Administrative Professional are nothing short of amazing as they keep each one of us, their bosses, and their organizations running smoothly and efficiently. While sometimes their contributions may be overlooked in the daily chaos of corporate life, this annual anniversary weeks reminds us to pause and celebrate the vital role that they play in organizations all over the world.
As in many career paths, Administrative Professionals are supported by a Professional Association which adds further validity to their roles by providing networking opportunities, educational resources to stay on top of trends in their field, leadership and other training opportunities, and the ability to gain experience and obtain professional certifications.
The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is organized with two objectives in mind:
- To recognize "the Administrative Professional, upon whose skills, loyalty and efficiency the functions of business and government offices depend" and;
- To call attention "through favorable publicity, to the tremendous potential of the Administrative Professional career."
The IAAP takes it a step further and regularly conducts a comprehensive survey of these valuable employees. A few key insights from the IAAP's 2013 Benchmarking Survey are eluded to in the infographic below (with a link to the full detailed report as well).