Administrative professionals are largely happy in their roles and feel that their work is appreciated by supervisors, according to a new survey from CardSnacks, the leading platform for individuals and businesses to send personalized e-greetings and gift cards.
Notably, at a time when other surveys show as many as 96% of workers are looking for a new job this year, just 38.24% of administrative professionals surveyed by CardSnacks said that they were actively seeking a new job. Nearly two-thirds said they feel fulfilled in their current roles. Additionally, these respondents also believed that they were not in danger of losing their jobs. Just 28.9% said they feared being laid off this year, as compared with other polls in the past year that showed as many as 80% of American workers are afraid of getting laid off.
“Administrative professionals are a critical part of the foundation on which almost every business is built,” said Mark Wachen, founder and chief executive officer of CardSnacks. “With Administrative Professionals’ Day coming up this month on April 26, our recent survey shows they certainly are workers who deserve maximum appreciation and recognition.”
The good news for managers and human resources executives is that most administrative professionals seem happy in their work. According to the survey, 68.1% said they feel appreciated for the work they do. When it came to describing their bosses specifically, 58.3% said they consider their supervisors appreciative, while 50.5% said their bosses were respectful.
How do administrative professionals want to be recognized this Administrative Professionals’ Day? Receiving a card with some kind of gift enclosed was the top choice, with 32.8% of survey respondents opting for that choice, and 31.9% opting for an early afternoon off. Other answers included being taken to lunch (19.1%) and being publicly recognized in the office (16.2%).
As for the type of gift enclosed in a card, a gift card was the clear choice. Nearly 82% said they wanted a gift card, compared with 18% for cash. A third of survey respondents said $50 was the ideal value to make them feel appreciated, with 25.5% choosing $100 and 17.6% selecting $20.
Among other findings from the survey, which polled more than 200 administrative professionals across the United States:
Stress levels at work are rising, with 38.2% saying they experienced more stress this year. Just 22.6% reported feeling less stress.
Sixty-nine percent of administrative professionals say their workdays contain tasks that go beyond administrative work.
A majority (51.5%) feel they are fairly compensated, though 44.6% said they felt they were underpaid.
Many have returned to the office full time. Forty-two percent said they work five days a week in the office, and just 22% work fully from home.
Administrative Professionals’ Day started as National Secretaries Day by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1952. The holiday’s name was changed in 2000 to reflect the growing complexity and diversity of the roles of administrative professionals. The date falls on the last Wednesday of April.
As the leading platform for individuals and businesses to send personalized greeting cards and gift cards, CardSnacks for Business has been the preferred option for companies to send employees recognition and appreciation messages on Administrative Professionals’ Day and other recognition days throughout the year. To see our special collection of e-cards for Administrative Professionals’ Day, visit https://www.cardsnacks.com/business/ecards/administrative_professionals_day .
CardSnacks is the leading platform for individuals and businesses to send personalized e-greetings, invitations, and gift cards. It is based in New York, with employees in California, London, and Israel. CardSnacks is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and on the web. For more information, please visit us at https://www.cardsnacks.com.
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