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Thanking the unsung office heroes on Administrative Professionals Day

Wednesday 21 April 2010, 11:40AM
By Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Today organisations across the globe will celebrate the contributions personal assistants, receptionists and administrative staff make to their workplaces for the annual Administrative Professionals Day.

After a tough several months for businesses and their support staff, this year there’s even more reason to say thank you. A survey conducted by the International Association of Administration Professionals of over 3 000 respondents revealed that nearly half saw their office teams shrink and their workloads grow over the past three years.

The Auckland Chamber of Commerce will partner with Dancing with Stars judge, Alison Leonard for the occasion to host a stylish Administrative Professionals Day breakfast at the Heritage Hotel next week.

“Any workplace is an ugly thing to behold without admin staff,” says Alison. “They deal with a huge amount of work, often with very little appreciation. You soon notice if someone is away for the day. Some things just don’t get done! It’s important to take some time out to treat them and acknowledge all their hard work.”

As a broadcasting personality, Alison is familiar with some of the challenges support staff face on a daily basis.

The sole (or the “soul”) host of the Easy Mix Breakfast show says, “Now that I am a one person band I have decided that AP Day will be my treat too, I am my own support person!”

“Smiling on a bad day can be one of the hardest things to do; but whether you’re on camera, the radio everyday, or the first face clients see when they walk through door, it’s hugely important.”

Alison will entertain guests with stories of her life behind-the-scenes and in front of the camera.

The Auckland Chamber’s annual Administrative Professionals Day breakfast will be held on Wednesday 28 April at the Heritage Hotel from 8am. For more information please visit or to register email