The start of Administrative Professionals Day dates back to World War II when the U.S. was facing a shortage of administrative personnel due to a combination of birthrate decline and a post-war business boom. Mary Barrett and C. King Woodbridge launched the holiday while serving on a council addressing a national shortage of skilled office workers.

Today, we cannot imagine having a shortage of administrative professionals. The work they do day in and day out has a big impact on the American workplace. They make our offices more efficient and productive every single day. But because much of the work they do is behind the scenes, it’s easy to let Administrative Professionals Day, and many other business holidays, slip by.

Here are 3 easy ways to celebrate

Invest in work

One of the best ways to make someone feel like their job is important is to invest in their role or department, especially in ways that make work more fun, efficient or easier.

Play and have fun

Having fun at work doesn’t just lead to great company culture, it also boosts productivity. Team building activities, events, and icebreakers also help the members of your team create bonds that are as authentic as they are deep.

A word of thanks

Pick up a thank you card or leave a hand written note for your administrative professional. Not sure what to say? Start with one of these simple statements:

  • “Our office and the people in it wouldn’t be as efficient without you.”
  • “Your hard work does not go unnoticed. Thanks for all you do!”
  • “Happy Administrative Professionals Day! We cannot thank you enough for all you do.”

The name of this special day has changed and evolved over the past few decades. Yet, the importance of recognizing these vital individuals  has continued to grow. Take a few moments today and thank your administrative support team!