On Wednesday, 22nd April 2015 my team will be receiving a small gift from me as a ‘thank you’ for their support and dedication. I am grateful that I have a small, yet stable team.

My gift is in honour of Administrative Professionals’ Day, previously known as Secretaries Day and National Secretaries Week.

This unofficial holiday encourages managers and small business owners to acknowledge and give thanks to their assistant, secretary, administration assistant, receptionist, office manager and all other valuable administrative people.  The Bauhinia team often go out of their way to assist our clients and in most cases, we keep it under the radar, so I feel their efforts deserve to be recognised.

Originally organised by the National Secretaries Association, which is now known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals, the holiday was established in 1952 to recognize secretaries’ contributions to the workplace and attract new skilled office workers.  These days the industry is huge worldwide; in the United States there are more than 22 million administrative and office support professionals, in Canada there are more than 475,000 administrative professionals, and there are as many as 25,000 virtual assistants worldwide – imagine if we had the numbers from the rest of the world!

You don’t need to be over the top in your gift giving; you can acknowledge how valuable your support person is by sending a heart-felt email saying thank you.  I hope you take the opportunity to show your appreciation on Administrative Professionals’ Day.

If you’re overwhelmed, struggling to get things done, or recognise you need some assistance, organise a call with me to discuss your business support needs.

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Founder and Director, Nicole has been working in the remote support, virtual assistant, outsourcing space since 2007. A professional with multiple certifications, and a specialist in virtual support and ecourse implementation, Nicole is passionate about supporting women-owned businesses in growth and development.