By Crystal Thompson
Whether it's answering phones, typing memos, sorting files or preparing reports, it seems that a secretary's job is never done.
Professional Secretaries Day is Wednesday, April 25; and Secretaries Week is celebrated through Friday. According to Professional Secretaries International (PSI), Professional Secretaries Week was founded over 40 years ago by a post-World War II publicity man. The idea came about in 1952 when the nation was prospering again, but many executives were still fumbling with details and in search of a secretary.
Harry F. Klemfuss, in the public relations department of Young and Rubicam, recognized the need for recruiting secretarial talent and set about registering National Secretaries Week and National Secretaries Day. Klemfuss told the New York Times in June 1952 that his purpose was to encourage young women to enter the secretarial field and to demonstrate the importance of the "unhonored, unsung, unrecognized" secretary of the day.
Secretaries Week is a time to recognize the importance of those who provide the countless services that keep offices and businesses running on a daily basis. A good secretary is organized and reliable and willing to take on several tasks at one time and complete errands in a timely manner. Without secretaries, society's many organizations, businesses, schools and governments would be unable to function properly.
Local flower and gift shops are prepared to provide and deliver the perfect "thank you" gift for the secretary in your life; so be sure to take time this week and show your appreciation to the secretaries who keep things running smoothly in the workplace.