In honor of National Administrative Professionals’ Day on April 24, a Staples survey reveals that office administrators play a key role in boosting employee morale, often more than the boss. Two-thirds of non-admin respondents report the admin is the biggest team player in the office (66% vs. 49.6% for the boss) and are nearly twice as better than the boss at boosting employee morale. Perhaps, this is why more than half of all respondents report that office administrators are under-compensated.
“The majority of respondents described office administrators as the superhero who can ‘save the day,’”
The Staples online poll also reveals:
- The majority of non-admin respondents said the administrative assistant is the most trusted office employee, ahead of the boss (32.3%) and human resources (11.1%). Admin loyalty is far reaching too, with more than one-third of admins saying they have “covered up” for their boss, and 1 out of 5 reporting this happens on a weekly basis or more frequently.
- More than half (58.8%) of non-admin respondents agree the admin has “super-human” powers, and the majority of admins report they coordinate difficult schedules and manage everything from HR issues to office supplies.
- Ellen DeGeneres is the most sought-after celebrity boss, with nearly 70 percent of respondents choosing her as the celebrity they’d most like to work for as an admin for the day.
- The survey also found that the workload for administrative assistants is growing. Seventy percent of admins say the number of people they support has increased over 2012. That compares to only 30 percent who reported that last year.
“The majority of respondents described office administrators as the superhero who can ‘save the day,’” said Mike Edwards, Staples executive vice president, merchandising. “Staples is proud to help recognize administrative professionals who ‘come to the rescue’ and the key role they play in supporting companies of all sizes.”
According to the survey, more than 1 in 3 businesses plan to recognize the “office VIP” on National Administrative Professionals’ Day.