In the past few years, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend: Administrative professionals are often referred to as office “superheroes.” But we are human, with limitations that need to be respected.
During a series of presentations, I became engaged in two different discussions on opposite sides of the same issue. The point that came up in both conversations was that of someone demanding respect, rather than earning it. On the first day, I had several admins who felt they could not respect their manager for various reasons that they spelled out to me. On the second, I had a manager (yes, the same manager) who felt her admin staff was not respectful to her as a supervisor.
The IAAP Achievement Award is the highest honor that the organization can bestow. This year’s recipient, like years past, exemplifies what being an admin and IAAP member is all about.