Aaron Gouveia has worked as the Content Manager of Salary.com since 2011. Prior to that, he was an award-winning journalist at several prominent New England newspapers. Read more...
Administrative assistants (aka executive assistants, or secretaries if you're stuck in the Mad Men days) are essential for any successful business to run properly. They epitomize the phrase "in the trenches" because they're the ones getting their hands dirty by doing all the things that need to be done that no one else can do quickly and efficiently. All the creative planning and brainstorming is great, but it's the administrative professionals who turn pie-in-the-sky pipe dreams into reality.
But because they're so reliable and always there, it's easy to take them for granted. Case in point, if you're a manager and completely unaware this week is Administrative Professionals Week, you likely fall into the aforementioned category. But even though you should be giving your assistant a gift this week, we thought we'd turn the tables and do something different.
Most administrative professionals need their jobs and therefore can't tell their bosses what drives them nuts about work on a daily basis. That's why we surveyed some assistants, let them vent and came up with seven things about you that your assistant wants to change.