Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

By Alexis BlueUniversity Communications
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No matter how busy your schedule is today, make sure to take time out to thank the administrative professionals in your office for all the hard work they do.

Administrative Professionals Day is being celebrated in workplaces across the country today as part of Administrative Professionals Week, April 19-25.

Sponsored by the International Association of Administrative Professionals since 1952, Administrative Professionals Week is one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays, according to the association.

Formerly known as Secretaries Day, Administrative Professionals Day is observed each year on the Wednesday of the last full week in April.

The day recognizes the "cogs that keep the wheel turning," says Susan Miller, marketing and special events senior coordinator for Career Services at The University of Arizona.

"Our administrative associates are at the front line of the University. They're the ones dealing with students face to face every day," she said.

Miller said she nominated Claudia Arias, administrative secretary in Career Services, for a Staff Award for Excellence this year because of her keen ability to "juggle," while always remaining cheerful at the Career Services front desk.

Arias was just one of several UA staff and appointed personnel honored at the Staff Awards for Excellence ceremony this month, hosted by the Staff Advisory Council, the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council, President Robert N. Shelton and the President's Cabinet.

Administrative employees on campus act as the "support for faculty and appointed personnel so they can get the work done they need to," said Randy Livingston, president of the Staff Advisory Council.

"They're very important, and one of the most important things is to recognize the work they do," Livingston said.

So whether it's with a card, flowers or just a big "thank you," be sure to take time out to recognize the hard work of administrative staff in your office today.   

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