National Administrative Professionals Day, formerly known as Secretaries Day, is a special occasion dedicated to recognizing the invaluable contributions of administrative professionals.

This is a great time to thank our school secretaries. These unsung heroes play a crucial role in keeping schools running smoothly, managing administrative tasks, and providing essential support to teachers, students, and parents alike. It’s a day to express our gratitude and appreciation for their hard work, dedication, and unwavering commitment to ensuring the success of our schools.

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School Secretary Thank You Card

Related: All the ideas you need to honor and appreciate teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week.

What is Secretary’s Day now called?

National Administrative Professionals’ Day, formally known as National Secretaries Day or Administrative Day, recognizes the professionals who keep an office running smoothly every day.

Who is honored on Administrative Professionals Day?

Administrative Professionals Day acknowledges and celebrates the efforts of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionist, and other office professionals for their valuable contributions to the workplace.

What day is National Administrative Assistant Day?

National Administrative Professionals Day falls on the Wednesday of the last full week of April each year. It’s an opportunity to acknowledge the vital role played by administrative professionals, including school secretaries, administrative assistants, office managers, and other support staff. This day serves as a reminder to recognize their efforts and show them how much they are valued and appreciated.

Who is considered an administrative professional?

Administrative professionals encompass a range of roles, including secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and office managers. They play a vital role in ensuring the smooth operation of an organization by handling administrative tasks and supporting the overall functioning of the office. These individuals are indispensable, providing essential support to executives and colleagues alike, facilitating productivity and efficiency within the workplace.

History of Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day, formerly known as Professional Secretaries Day, has its roots in the United States during the 1950s. Established by the National Secretaries Association in 1952, the holiday initially took place in June before shifting to the last full week of April in 1955, with Wednesday specifically designated as Administrative Professionals Day. In 1998, the organization was renamed the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), and in 2000, the holiday was officially recognized as Administrative Professionals Week/Day. This name change reflects the evolving roles and increasing responsibilities of administrative professionals in today’s workforce. Now celebrated internationally, it serves as a time for employers to express gratitude for the hard work and dedication of their administrative team.

What do you say for Admin Appreciation Day?

  1. “Thank you for all you do to keep our office running smoothly. Your contributions are truly appreciated!”
  2. “Your professionalism and efficiency make such a difference in our workplace. Thank you for all that you do!”
  3. “We’re so grateful for your support and organization. You make our jobs easier every day!”
  4. “Your positive attitude and attention to detail inspire us all. Thank you for being such an integral part of our team!”
  5. “On Administrative Professionals Day, we want to express our heartfelt appreciation for your hard work and dedication. You’re a valuable asset to our organization.”

Free Printable Card for School Secretaries

Print off this free printable card to express your gratitude and appreciation for the hard work of your school secretaries. Let your heartfelt message be inspired by one of the “what to say” ideas above, to help convey genuine thanks for all they do to keep your school running smoothly.

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Free Printable Card for Professional Secretaries Week Celebrations at Your School

Download the PDF. Print in color on white cardstock. Cut the card out and fold it in half. The card fits into an A2 Envelope.

Admin Day Gift Ideas

Here are a few gift ideas to celebrate this special day in a meaningful way for employees great work.

  • Personalized Thank-You Notes
    A heartfelt handwritten note expressing gratitude for their dedication and hard work can mean a lot. Consider personalizing the note with specific examples of how they have made a difference in your school community.
  • Gift Baskets
    Put together a themed gift basket filled with treats, snacks, and small gifts tailored to their interests. Include items like gourmet chocolates, coffee or tea, scented candles, and office supplies.
  • Spa Gift Certificates
    Treat administrative professionals to relaxation with a spa day with a gift certificate to a local spa or wellness center. It’s a thoughtful way to help them unwind and recharge after their busy days at work.
  • Personalized Desk Accessories
    Show appreciation with personalized desk accessories such as engraved pen holders, nameplates, or custom mouse pads. These thoughtful gifts add a personal touch to their workspace.
  • Gift Cards
    Give team members the gift of choice with a thoughtful gift card to their favorite restaurant, store, or online retailer. This allows them to treat themselves to something special and shows your appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

Related: Discover more ways to show appreciation for your hardworking employees with employee appreciation gift ideas.

On National Administrative Professionals Day, I hope you will take the time to recognize and celebrate the invaluable contributions of the administrative personnel in our schools. Whether it’s with a thoughtful gift, a kind gesture, or a simple thank-you note, it is important show our appreciation for their hard work, dedication, and unwavering commitment to keeping our schools running smoothly. Download my free printable greeting card to express your gratitude and make their day a little brighter.

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