Here’s to another bogus Hallmark holiday, designed to make secretaries, receptionists and admins feel better about their crappy jobs!
Many companies don’t even observe this day. But every time it rolls around, admins gnash their teeth. Not because we didn’t get flowers, or the boss didn’t take us out to lunch.
Flowers don’t last. Boss lunches are awkward.
It’s because Administrative Professional’s Day is often seen as a bone that is tossed to some of the hardest-working people in an organization. Some bosses will never see them as more than peons. Ever.
Here’s what many of us would like instead:
Don’t send us flowers; pay us a wage we can live on.
Your personal errands are not our jobs. Your valet or your housekeeper can pick up your dry cleaning. We’re here to do actual work for the company.
Stop requiring 3-5 years of experience for a minimum wage job.
Stop laying us off so you can hire incompetent weenies at a cheaper rate of pay and then complaining that nothing is done right.
Stop saying “You’re the most important person in this office—we couldn’t live without you!” and then treating us like poo.
Stop denying us promotions. Some of us would like to stay with a company where we can grow. It’s a real pain to have to start all over in a new job just to gain skills. Many times we end up stuck in the same boring chair. Our enthusiasm withers. And you wonder why.
To all the bosses out there who appreciate their admins, pay them well, give them adequate time off so they don’t burn out, encourage their professional growth, and otherwise treat their workers like human beings instead of assets, I give you this:
You make us happy and we’ll work our butts off for you.