Secretary's Day

Administration staff are the backbone of any organisation. Take them out of the building for a day and you’ll see managers and sales people scurrying around, lost, not knowing where to start looking for the information they need, or spending more time on the phone (because there’s no one to screen calls) than actually doing their jobs. The role of an administrative assistant, support staff, office coordinator or executive assistant (they’re so much more than just secretaries nowadays) is often taken for granted, with the value these duties bring to the workplace generally going unrecognised.

Enter Secretaries Day. An offspring of the American week-long celebration, Secretaries Day is celebrated annually in South Africa on the first Wednesday of the month of September. Founded 25 years ago by the Executive Secretaries Club of South Africa and Kelly Girl, it has become a day than many administrative staff look forward to. 2014, being the International Year of the Secretary and Admin Assistant, makes this year’s occasion even more significant.

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Here are some wise quotes to remember this Secretary's Day:

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work ~ John G. Pollard

Next to excellence is the appreciation of it ~ William Makepeace

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it ~ William Arthur Ward

No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you. ~ Author Unknown

As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold ~ Author Unknown

Remember, it Secretary's Day on 3rd September 2014!

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