4 days ago
Monday, April 27, 2015
How many of you when you saw the 22nd on your calendar this past Wednesday had to zip to Google to find out what the heck Administrative Professional's Day was?? Am I the only one who has been missing the new title for an old day?
Surprise, if you didn't all ready know, it is the newer version of Secretary's Day. APD may have been in effect since the year 2000 but this is the first I have noticed it on my calendar. Saying I am out of the loop may be a gross understatement.
At first the realization made me laugh out loud but then I started to wonder. When did being a "secretary" become a bad thing? When did a gussied up title become necessary?
Evidently in the year 2000 without my knowledge. By giving secretaries a special title, does that preclude having to give them a raise or respect the rest of the year?
When I was in banking in the late 60's, I was awarded the title of Administrative Assistant. Banking at that time was and may still be fond of giving titles instead of a raise.
While I was technically the officer in charge of the savings department for 9 offices, my only voting power came when the style of uniforms or break room purchases were decided. For the big stuff, we two AA's and the lone female Vice President were sent to that same break room to wait while the other officers made the real decisions.
I know some of you have been curious why I left banking to become a dog snack as a meter reader. I made the drastic move to become an entry level employee at the power company to enjoy a 40% increase in salary. Yes, that much.
At my exit interview the Human Resource executive asked me what they could do to keep me. He offered to make me a full vice president but at the same salary, to which I replied, "I have never cared what you called me. An appropriate raise would have been much nicer. I have yet to learn how to cook a title and my landlord refuses to take my title in lieu of the rent."
I do hope banking has changed its practices. I adored the job and those I worked for, just not the pay scale at that time. Some how I have the feeling bankers might have been behind the change to Administrative Professional's Day. That was their M.O.
I hope all "secretaries," aka Administrative Professionals, had a great day and your bosses came through for you, perhaps with a nice raise to go with those flowers and candy.
Maybe I am missing something here and important sounding titles are actually a positive move and an ego booster.
Would you feel better at the end of the day if you were called a Domestic Engineer as opposed to being referred to as a housewife? Would you gardening types prefer being called Landscape Technicians? Would CPO (Chief Provisions Officer) be more fitting for you breadwinners?
at 5:05 AM Posted by Arkansas Patti