Observed annually on April 26th in Colombia, Secretaries Day is a non-official holiday that occurs during Administrative Professionals Week. This day recognizes not only the importance of the work performed by secretaries but also that of administrative assistants, receptionists, and other types of administrative support professionals.
It’s a day when people are encouraged to honor the professional secretaries and support professionals they know and show them the appreciation they deserve. This appreciation is usually in the form of giving them a card, flowers, or candy, but it can also mean buying them lunch or giving them the day off.
Interesting Facts About Secretaries
Although most people don’t give much thought to secretaries or the jobs they do, they perform an important function in most businesses. That’s why we wanted to pay homage to them ourselves by listing a few facts that we’ve learned about secretaries and other administrative professions while researching this holiday. We’ve listed these facts below.
- The National Secretaries Association was founded in 1942.
- In 1981, the National Secretaries Association was renamed Professional Secretaries International.
- In 1952, National Secretaries Week was created by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles W. Sawyer.
- The second most popular character in a James Bond film is a secretary. Her name is Miss Moneypenny.
Observing Secretaries Day in Colombia
This is not a public holiday, so government buildings, schools, and businesses remain open for the day. It’s also not a day off for the general population, but some employers may decide to give their receptionist a day off or at least an early dismissal from work.
On this day, it’s customary for employers to give their receptionists some type of gift in gratitude for the work they perform all year long. This can take the form of flowers, a card, or even candy in some circumstances.