Today, April 26th, is Administrative Professionals Day, and apparently it comes around as a way for In-Desperate-Need-Of-Administration Professionals everywhere to thank the person who keeps their papers spinning.
That’s me. I keep millions of papers in several colors and sizes spinning like tops. My home office alone resembles the NASA Mission Control Center.
But I question this method of acknowledgement.
Once upon a time, all the secretaries got together and decided that, darn it all, they were under appreciated and underpaid, overlooked and overbooked, and needed something else on their jam-packed calendars to fix it.
“Make a note of it,” they said.
And they did.
They made up Mother’s Day, Women’s Day, and National Dadgum That’s a Good Day, Day (March 1st). There’s Be Heard Day, Receptionist’s Day, Women’s Checkup Day, Lost Sock Memorial Day, and No Dirty Dishes Day.
This is just a drop in the waterfall of are-you-kidding-me national days.
Only a handful of these “Days” stick to my calendar, and today’s is just vague enough to make me wonder several things:
- What qualifies someone as an Administrative Professional?
- Who are the non-Administrative Professionals that are supposed to wish you well?
- What are their motives for doing so?
- Is the well-wishing preceded with “Happy”, “Merry”, or “I need this in today’s mail”?
My research (qualification #1) led me to the greeting card aisle of Target. If there’s one thing Target knows is their shoppers, and sure enough, they were prepared for our imminent need.
Behold the end cap.
It’s clear that 10 out of 18 Admin Professionals are female (qualification #2). One out of 18 are multilingual. One is an animal-lover. Or thinks everyone else in the office are animals. Four out of 18 have no idea whether they qualify as Admin, and so will take what they can get.
Admin Professionals drink coffee and tea (qualification #3). They make a difference. Their job involves phones, books, clocks, and typing. They require a written “Thank You” once a year for their efforts. They don’t mind feeling patronized instead of professional.
And they can’t mind if you screw up the exact date, because Target has nicely advertised it as a whole week which gives others several opportunities to get it right because we all know who normally is in charge of getting cards out on time.
This one slays me. I am so offended by this bathroom door symbol. If this is the card you reached for when you thought of me, I quit. All 1% of you had better run and hide. These stupid stereotypes exist because you bought into it.
I want just one card that shows a manly man with a dark tie and a beard, sitting at a desk typing away with a real slogan hanging on the wall…Going Commando to Cover Your Butt.
Office Ninja. I could Take you all Down with a Click of my Mouse…
Payroll…Just Do It
Letting Concerned Citizens Scream into my Ear Because I like Money
Boss’s Day is coming up.
What goes around, comes around, and saying “Thank you” is always a good idea.
Flowers and cards and snacks are nice, and the mailroom guy would like some too, by the way. I think he stands with me on the obvious: a Professional is anyone who brings their job up the notch that turns it into a career.
If you’re a street sweeper, be the best darn street sweeper anyone has ever seen.
Here’s to the broom pushers and the paper pushers alike, you have my solid respect every day of the year.