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Administrative Professionals Day

Well Deserved Appreciation

This week we celebrate our administrative professionals in the Old Dominion family and extend our deep gratitude for the work they do to keep our businesses running smoothly and efficiently.

Wednesday, April 26 is National Administrative Professionals Day, a great opportunity to recognize the administrative assistants, receptionists, client services representatives, and other administrative support professionals who enable the work we do at ODG. We thank each one of you, and appreciate the invaluable contributions you make every day!

The tradition of celebrating those working in supporting roles dates back to 1952, when U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles W. Sawyer proclaimed a week in June as National Secretaries Week, with Wednesday designated as National Secretaries Day. A few years later, in 1955, the observance week was moved to the last full week of April and, in 2000, the name was updated to Administrative Professionals Week to encompass the many responsibilities and various job titles that crucial support staff have come to bear.

When a decline in birth rates during the Great Depression converged with a period of explosive growth in business just after World War II, a shortage of skilled administrative workers hindered the post-war boom and inspired the creation of the National Secretaries Association in 1942. The organization aimed to attract people to the field, support their development, and recognize the impact of administrative workers on the health of the economy.

The name of the association changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981, and it became known as International Association of Administrative Professionals in 1998. The day of celebration, National Administrative Professionals Day, is a trademark registered to the association. A scheduled date for celebrating these important workers is recognized not only in the U.S., but at various times throughout the year in countries around the globe, from Canada to Brazil, France, Australia, Malaysia and others.

To our own exceptional administrative professionals at ODG, thank you!