In Celebration of Administrative Professionals Week

Having been in the staffing industry for the better part of my adult life, I have a sincere appreciation for the dedication and hard work of Administrative Professionals. Mind you, I didn’t write administrative “staff”, my intent is clearly intended to emphasize these ever-important “professionals”.

Administrative Professionals are the heart-beat of many companies and organizations. At times overlooked and under-appreciated, they are crucial to the smooth and successful operations of most businesses.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, there are currently more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the U.S.  As a whole, there are nearly 9 million people working in various administrative support roles.


This week, we celebrate Administrative Professionals week, with Administrative Professional’s Day on Wednesday, April 23rd.

• The administrative professional is the person that everyone counts on to keep their department running smoothly
• They are the go-to person who is expected to stay on top of the latest technologies
• The administrative professional gets consistent results, often with limited resources
• They are the loyal assistant who is entrusted with critical, confidential information
• They take on roles as team leaders
• Administrative professionals are virtually indispensable to their boss and organization

*source the Administrative Professionals Conference website

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Administrative Professional’s 22nd Annual Conference
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, MD (near Washington, DC)
September 28th – October 1st, 2014

American Society of Administrative Professionals –
International Association of Administrative Professionals –
Washington, DC metro area Administrative Professionals –

Please show a little extra appreciation to your Administrative Professionals this Wednesday. Buy them flowers, take them to lunch, tweet them a coffee –, or if you are feeling extra nice, give them the day off with pay (if you are in the DC area, please call 4Staff at 202-347-1044 to bring in a well qualified temporary Administrative Professional).




The Best of Spring – Washington, DC

English: Japanese cherry trees (Sakura), a gif...

English: Japanese cherry trees (Sakura), a gift from Japan in 1965, adorn the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Washington Monument is visible in the distance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here comes the sun! After what seems like the never-ending winter, everybody must be ultra-ready for Spring.

To quote/paraphrase George Harrison and The Beatles,

It’s been a long, cold lonely winter…
It feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right

Here Comes the Sun” – written by George Harrison from the Beatles‘ 1969 album Abbey Road.

Now that winter is over, and the trees are in bloom, I am excited for Spring and eager to share my updated list of The Best of Spring -Washington, DC .

  • Cherry Blossoms – The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual celebration that showcases the gift of 3,000 cherry trees that the city of Tokyo gave to our nation’s capital.   This year’s peak blossom season is later than normal, due to an unusually long winter.  The current forecast for peak bloom is April 11-13 (Friday to Sunday this week), so make a plan to get out  and  see them in person before they are gone!
  • National Zoo – Everyone knows that bears hibernate and the birds fly south for winter, but come spring there is no place better to see lions, tigers, bears and more than at the National Zoo.  Best of all, you may get lucky enough to see the baby panda, Bao Bao.
  •  Annapolis, Middleburg, Skyline Drive and more – There are many places to visit within an hour or so drive of DC.  Whether it’s the quaint towns of Middleburg and Annapolis or the hiking trails and spectacular views of Skyline Drive, including several waterfalls, there is so much to see and do near Washington.  Even Baltimore and the famed Inner Harbor is less than an hour away  (* plan accordingly for weekend and rush-hour traffic)

Get out and enjoy the Spring.  After a very long winter, we all deserve it!