TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - While administrative professionals often work
behind the scenes, the significance of their contributions is front and centre
for the executives they support. In a new survey, a large majority
(84 per cent) of executives polled said their administrative assistant is
important to their success.
The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service
specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals.
It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from
100 senior Canadian executives.
Executives were asked, "How important is your administrative assistant's
role to your success?" Their responses:
Very important................. 52%
Somewhat important............. 32%
Somewhat unimportant........... 7%
Very unimportant............... 1%
Don't know/no answer........... 8%
"Behind every successful business leader is an outstanding assistant,"
said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Administrative support
roles are expanding, and managers now rely on their assistants more than ever
for project management, research and budgeting tasks, in addition to their
With Administrative Professionals Week (APW) approaching (April 22-28),
managers should start planning how they will acknowledge the contributions of
support staff. "The most effective forms of recognition - such as the chance
to attend a professional conference or seminar, or recognition in front of
managers and colleagues - have a lasting impact," Domeyer said.
OfficeTeam and the International Association of Administrative
Professionals recently conducted a separate survey of more than
300 administrative professionals to determine how they have been recognized
during past APW celebrations. Here are a few examples:
- "My boss acknowledged my contribution through a company announcement
and reimbursed me for a professional development seminar and dinner."
- "There was a huge banner and all kinds of presents in my office."
- "My manager nominated me for the administrative professional of the
- "My company provided financial support for my education."
- "My manager stood up at an APW event to tell everyone how important
administrative professionals are to the company."
OfficeTeam has more than 300 locations worldwide and offers online job
search services at www.officeteam.com.
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