Damn the Stereotypes, say I.

http://www.slate.com/id/2140546/
Credit: By Melonyce McAfee

This is definitely not the way I see Administrative Professionals Day. Aiyee! I say.. woman! Get thee a life!

Ok.. what is up with this gal? In this day and age of gluttonous executive buyouts/golden parachutes.. what’s not to enjoy if the company splurges on roses or lunch. Professional means that you are civil and mature about the overture irregardless of the awkwardness that your boss may not speak to you the rest of the year.

But what I really see here.. is the stereotype. Seeing secretaries (or admins) as fetch the coffee, answer the phone types. I’m just as guilty of stereotyping as the next person when it comes to dealing with my peeve of admin types (the type that decorates their cube with too much cute crap and three bowls of candy).

The point is.. what is the workload accomplished? Is it labeling and stuffing 300 envelopes so the rest of the office doesn’t have to.. , collating 70 copies of a 5 section, 100 page document because the admin just got the document and the print-shop.. no can do? Is it the small task of remembering.. that you (the snarly associate) prefers aisle seats and non-smoking Westin rooms when booking travel..
It’s the little things and a million of them .. administrative professionals do right every day because that is what we are compensated to do.

You know what? I’ll take the roses, the lunch, the cake.. and if the rest of my peers are not acknowledged.. they have only to look in the mirror.. In this field, Attitude is Everything… maybe this writer should take a look at hers.

(Whew! I feel much better!)

Author: AdminRenegade

Storyteller, Fan of Leadership gurus, Coffee Lover, especially Dunkin' Donuts.. and most importantly- a fierce advocate -Providing a new philosophy on what it means to be an administrative professional in today's workplace.