Celebrating Administrative Professionals Week: New Name Highlights Expanding Roles, says Week Sponsor IAAP

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from International Association of Administrative Professionals

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Administrative professionals
 are expanding their roles and increasing their skills in today's fast-changing
 workplace, and their vital contributions will be recognized during
 Administrative Professionals Week, April 22-28, 2001.
     Millions of administrative professionals and their managers throughout the
 world will take part in professional growth activities during the week
 culminating with Administrative Professionals Day, Wednesday, April 25.  The
 International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), based in
 Kansas City, Missouri, has sponsored this observance, formerly known as
 Professional Secretaries Week, annually since 1952.
     Being a successful administrative professional in today's workplace
 requires many skills.  These include being highly computer-literate and having
 above-average written and verbal communication skills, as well as being savvy
 in business and customer service.  Administrative professionals also must
 possess top-notch organizational abilities, be able to work independently with
 minimal supervision, be flexible to adapt to change, and effectively handle
 day-to-day business situations.  Administrative professionals hold a wide
 range of job titles including administrative assistant, office manager,
 secretary, supervisor, coordinator, specialist, associate, and many others.
     "Administrative Professionals Week is an important occasion for us to
 highlight how the administrative support staff is playing a more vital role in
 the workplace than ever before," said Candy W. Daniels CPS, IAAP president.
 "We have become information managers and have taken on many responsibilities
 beyond traditional clerical work."
     Administrative Professionals Week began in 1952 as National Secretaries
 Week in an effort to focus on the contributions of secretaries in the
 workplace, and to attract young people into secretarial careers.   The name
 Administrative Professionals Week was adopted in 2000 to encompass the
 increasingly diverse job titles and responsibilities held by today's
 administrative support workforce.
     Over the years, Administrative Professionals Week has become one of the
 world's largest workplace observances.  Administrative professionals and
 management in thousands of communities celebrate with events such as
 educational seminars, civic recognition luncheons and award presentations.  In
 addition, millions of individual executives reward their administrative staff
 with tokens of appreciation, such as bonuses, professional association
 memberships, and letters of appreciation.
     IAAP suggests that employers observe Administrative Professionals Week by
 providing training for their administrative staff through seminars, continuing
 education or self-study materials.  Another suggestion is to make a commitment
 toward delegating responsibilities that better utilize the skills of
 administrative professionals.
     Today, there are 3.2 million secretaries/administrative assistants and
 1.6 million administrative support supervisors and managers in the United
 States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  In Canada, there are
 403,000 secretaries and executive assistants, and 94,000 clerical supervisors.
 With more than 640 chapters and 40,000 members in the United States, Canada
 and other countries, IAAP is the world's leading association for
 administrative professionals.
     Additional information is available on the association's Web site,
 www.iaap-hq.org .
 
     CONTACT:  Rick Stroud of International Association of Administrative
 Professionals, 816-891-6600, ext. 239, or e-mail, rstroud@iaap-hq.org
 
 

SOURCE International Association of Administrative Professionals
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Administrative professionals
 are expanding their roles and increasing their skills in today's fast-changing
 workplace, and their vital contributions will be recognized during
 Administrative Professionals Week, April 22-28, 2001.
     Millions of administrative professionals and their managers throughout the
 world will take part in professional growth activities during the week
 culminating with Administrative Professionals Day, Wednesday, April 25.  The
 International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), based in
 Kansas City, Missouri, has sponsored this observance, formerly known as
 Professional Secretaries Week, annually since 1952.
     Being a successful administrative professional in today's workplace
 requires many skills.  These include being highly computer-literate and having
 above-average written and verbal communication skills, as well as being savvy
 in business and customer service.  Administrative professionals also must
 possess top-notch organizational abilities, be able to work independently with
 minimal supervision, be flexible to adapt to change, and effectively handle
 day-to-day business situations.  Administrative professionals hold a wide
 range of job titles including administrative assistant, office manager,
 secretary, supervisor, coordinator, specialist, associate, and many others.
     "Administrative Professionals Week is an important occasion for us to
 highlight how the administrative support staff is playing a more vital role in
 the workplace than ever before," said Candy W. Daniels CPS, IAAP president.
 "We have become information managers and have taken on many responsibilities
 beyond traditional clerical work."
     Administrative Professionals Week began in 1952 as National Secretaries
 Week in an effort to focus on the contributions of secretaries in the
 workplace, and to attract young people into secretarial careers.   The name
 Administrative Professionals Week was adopted in 2000 to encompass the
 increasingly diverse job titles and responsibilities held by today's
 administrative support workforce.
     Over the years, Administrative Professionals Week has become one of the
 world's largest workplace observances.  Administrative professionals and
 management in thousands of communities celebrate with events such as
 educational seminars, civic recognition luncheons and award presentations.  In
 addition, millions of individual executives reward their administrative staff
 with tokens of appreciation, such as bonuses, professional association
 memberships, and letters of appreciation.
     IAAP suggests that employers observe Administrative Professionals Week by
 providing training for their administrative staff through seminars, continuing
 education or self-study materials.  Another suggestion is to make a commitment
 toward delegating responsibilities that better utilize the skills of
 administrative professionals.
     Today, there are 3.2 million secretaries/administrative assistants and
 1.6 million administrative support supervisors and managers in the United
 States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  In Canada, there are
 403,000 secretaries and executive assistants, and 94,000 clerical supervisors.
 With more than 640 chapters and 40,000 members in the United States, Canada
 and other countries, IAAP is the world's leading association for
 administrative professionals.
     Additional information is available on the association's Web site,
 www.iaap-hq.org .
 
     CONTACT:  Rick Stroud of International Association of Administrative
 Professionals, 816-891-6600, ext. 239, or e-mail, rstroud@iaap-hq.org
 
 SOURCE  International Association of Administrative Professionals