Friday 4th May 2018
A history of Office Professional's Day
During World War II, there was a shortage of skilled administrative personnel in the United States due to Depression-era birth-rate decline and booming post-war business. The National Secretaries Association, founded in 1942, was formed to recognise the contributions of administrative personnel to the economy, support their personal development, and to help attract workers to the administrative field. The official period of celebration was first proclaimed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles W. Sawyer as "National Secretaries Week", which was held June 1–7 in 1952 with Wednesday, June 4 designated as National Secretaries' Day. The first Secretaries' Day was sponsored by the National Secretaries Association with the support of corporate groups. 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 in the modern economy. In Australia we celebrate Office Professional's Day on the 1st Friday in May.
What to send?
A gift of flowers is always a great choice for any occasion. For Office Professional's Day flowers suitable for a desktop are a thoughtful gesture. The Pearsons Flower Bottles are fun or a vase of bright flowers always looks beautiful. Chocolates or a candle as an add on gift are pretty and easy to carry home from the office.