National Receptionists Day
National Receptionist Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on the second Wednesday in May. As most people would probably be able to surmise from this holiday’s title, it’s a day for people to appreciate the receptionists who help businesses do what they do.
The average receptionist has a wide variety of different responsibilities to perform on a daily basis. This can include scheduling appointments, managing appointments, making and receiving phone calls, greeting visitors, arranging couriers, and filing.
Of course, that’s only a simplified list of the many jobs that receptionists have to perform regularly and they aren’t always paid what they deserve to be paid. And that’s why we take the time to commemorate their efforts on this day every year.
The History Of National Receptionist Day
This holiday was created and first observed in 1991 by the Director of the National Receptionists Association. This holiday was created to raise the public’s awareness about the role of receptionists in the corporate environment and the importance of the job they perform.
It was also seen as a holiday that allowed receptionists to network with one another and provides each other with support.
Some Important Facts About Receptionists
Although many people who work in the corporate world pass receptionists all day long, we doubt many of them know all that much about them. Sure, most executives can theorize the importance of the work that receptionists do, but they really aren’t all that familiar with everything that they do.
So to help more people understand the jobs that receptionists perform, we thought that we’d take a few moments to list some of the factoids we’ve learned while researching National Receptionist Day.
- In 2021, the median hourly wage for a receptionist was only $14.40.
- The employment of receptionists is expected to remain steady from 2023 to 2033.
- Receptionists will have to have good communication, multitasking, and social skills.
- Many receptionists are also required to have technical skills and be active problem solvers.
- Most receptionist positions require only a high school diploma, but some positions might require a college degree.
Observing National Receptionist Day
This holiday can be observed simply by acknowledging the receptionist a person sees every day when they walk into the office and giving them the appreciation they deserve. It’s that simple.
Employers can also use this holiday to do something nice for their receptionists. This can be something as simple as giving them a card or flowers or giving them a raise or some additional sick or holiday pay. And, as usual, people can spread the word about this holiday by using the hashtag #NationalReceptionistDay online.