My Bourke Accounting co-workers can attest to how easy-going Receptionist Phil and I are. We are breaths of fresh air; we are cheerful, helpful and all-around joys to interact with. Yes, Phil and I are amazing.

But now, I can no longer hold my tongue. I cannot avoid speaking about the travesty that has been visited upon our hard-working and loyal heads. On April 22 of this very year Phil and I were not once – not once, mind! – wished a Happy Administrative Professionals Day. There. I know how shocking this is, but it had to be addressed. I don’t want to tarnish your opinion of Bourke Accounting bookkeepers and tax preparers, but I really thought you ought to know.

No matter what you want to call us – admin, secretary, receptionist – we are the backbone of every corporation. We are on the frontline, both in person and telephonically. Admins are the guardians against chaos; we are the barrier between savagery and civilization. We are the Champions of All Things File Folder Related.

Our people have a rich and vibrant history. For example, the word “secretary” comes from the Medieval Latinsecretarius,” loosely meaning “person entrusted with secrets” (Etymonline.com). Even our title is indicative of our dedication to our craft. Do you think Phil and I would ever share what we’ve learned about clients? Absolutely not! To do so would bring dishonor!

How long have secretaries existed? No one really knows. We are constant and ageless, like the moon. It is only known that we “existed prior to the establishment of the Roman Empire” (Blog. Advancedresources.com). Take that computer code writers. In addition, in the 15th and 16th centuries, secretaries were considered of “an elevated status and held prominent positions” (Blog.advancedresources.com). Remember that the next time you want to refer to the professional at your doctor’s office as “that girl behind the counter.”

And secretaries don’t just simply answer phones and inform you that “Mr. Wilson is here to see you.” At this stage in the game, we are creating PowerPoint presentations (I’m not, but that’s irrelevant), performing human resources duties, making sure that supplies are procured and that bills are paid. If not for secretaries, entire offices complexes would sink into despair and disrepair and then some more despair. If you weren’t greeted by an administrative professional at your next appointment, you would be floating in a sea of confusion with no idea where to go or how to contact the person you were planning on seeing. We are sophistication and progress made human.

I suppose, with everything going on, I can’t really fault my Bourke Accounting colleagues for neglecting to wish Phil and I a Happy Administrative Professionals Day; secretaries are patient and forgiving, after all. But next time you see an admin, make sure that you thank her/him for protecting society from uncertainty.

While your Bourke Accounting bookkeepers and tax preparers are wonderful, your Bourke Accounting receptionists are just as hardworking and dedicated. Bourke Accounting is a well-oiled machine with the single-minded goal of providing you with the best and most courteous service you could ever expect. And to my fellow unsung admin heroes out there: Happy Belated Administrative Professionals Day!

Come see us any time. Our number is 502-451-8773 and don’t forget to visit our website at www.bourkeaccounting.com. See you soon!

Written by Sue H.