Tomorrow (4/24) is National Administrative Professionals' Day, and a new Staples employee survey has the latest low-down on life as the person who gets paid to tell everyone else that you're "in a meeting." Yeah, right. You're in a meeting down at a sports bar watching the NCAA Tournament, or sitting at your desk doing a little bit of online holiday shopping. One-third of administrative assistants Staples surveyed say that they have "covered up" for their boss, and 20% cover up for their boss at least once, or more, EACH WEEK when they're not busy looking for things the boss can't find and recalling the names of people he or she has forgotten. But it's all good, I'll play along. Yes, please send me to voice mail. Thanks for your help, and you have a great day, too!
Screening calls so you don't have to talk to people is just one of the many glorious ways in which the average, unsung administrative assistant helps you out every day. According to Staples, the administrative assistant is the biggest team player in the office and is twice as good as the boss at boosting employee morale. He or she (okay, let's just cut to the chase and say "she") is working harder, too: 70% of administrative assistants found themselves "supporting" even more co-workers last year, and the "supported" co-workers must be noticing because more than half of them think that the administrative assistant deserves a raise. Thanks for sending all of our calls to voice mail!
Please tell me that you're not going to forget National Administrative Professionals' Day again? You have so many gift ideas to choose from these days, and given how hard administrative assistants are working the least you can do is to show them some appreciation once a year. Let the day pass unacknowledged and you might find yourself suddenly taking more calls from upset clients, your nagging spouse, and the bill collector. Oh, he's down at the sports bar watching the game. Let me give you his cell number! That, my friend, is the risk here. Think of picking up something "nice" today for your hard-working assistant as buying yourself some peace and quiet. It's the best $50 you'll spend all year. And don't even think about going to the dollar store or to the convenience mart at the gas station.
If your assistant is screening your calls and you have a few minutes to spare, then you can go to Staples' Twitter feed that will be hosting a "Special Twitter Party" tomorrow from 1-2 p.m. Eastern in honor of National Administrative Professionals' Day. Thanks, and have a great day!