As we wind up yet another Administrative Professional's Week, it's a good time to thank my secretary (again) for helping me for the last decade. As I wrote some time ago in The Value of a Great Secretary, a talented, committed, patient, reliable, and careful assistant can make all the difference in how well a lawyer manages her professional life.
I don't always buy in to "hallmark" holidays, but this past Wednesday (April 27) was Administrative Professional's Day, fka Secretary's Day, and it is one worth acknowledging. Thankfully it is now celebrated over an entire week so we forgetful types have all week to express our appreciation.
A little history might be interesting to you. According to Wikipedia:
"The official period of celebration was first proclaimed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer as "National Secretaries Week," which was held June 1–7 in 1952, with Wednesday, June 4, 1952 designated National Secretaries Day. The first Secretaries Day was sponsored by the National Secretaries Association with the support of corporate groups.
In 1955, the observance date of National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981, and became Administrative Professionals Week in 2000 to encompass the expanding responsibilities and wide-ranging job titles of administrative support staff. IAAP created National Secretaries Week (now Administrative Professionals Week) with two objectives in mind: to recognize "the secretary, 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 secretarial career."
So, once again, I want to say Thank You to all the staff here who help me make it through the work week, especially IT (for keeping me connected), facilities (for keeping me fed), marketing (for keeping me visible), library (for keeping me informed), records (for keeping track of everything), word processing (for keeping it all in English), HR (for bringing on the support) and finance (for keeping the paychecks coming). I couldn't do it without you!
And Mary, thanks again for the orchids. They make me smile, every day.