Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Top 10 Differences Between Secretaries & Admin

Happy Admin Day, everyone!  I'm sure you may have seen the below already, though I never have and thought it'd be fun to share.  Not sure who wrote it.  Keep up the good work!


10. Secretaries make coffee, administrative professionals procure international resources to motivate and empower staff.

9. Secretaries take memos, administrative professionals expedite inter-office communication.

8. Secretaries type letters, administrative professionals facilitate company communication with national and international clients.

7. Secretaries file, administrative professionals manage and organize data for efficient retrieval of corporate records.

6. Secretaries un-jam the copy machines, administrative professionals maintain high-tech equipment vital to day-to-day business.

5. Secretaries answer the phone, administrative professionals manage communication between staff and customers.

4. Secretaries listen to office gossip and complaints, administrative professionals act as corporate arbitrators and manage conflict between administrators and staff.

3. Secretaries order office supplies, administrative professionals manage inventory of critical corporate resources.

2. Secretaries buy gifts when boss realizes he or she has forgotten spouse's birthday or anniversary, administrative professionals facilitate crisis management at the executive level.

1. Secretaries get little respect in the corporate environment, administrative professionals get just a bit more.

While working at a publishing house, the executives could be gone for days at a time and the company would continue operating just fine. But if any administrative professional was gone for more than an afternoon, the house collapsed. Best wishes go out to all the administrative professionals that keep business, well, in business!


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  1. loved this blog... too true. Thanks . Presentation and delivery are everything

    1. The Muser at Musings of a High Level Exec Asst.July 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      Mimi - Glad you liked this post too! Thank you for being a reader!

  2. Thank you for the breakdown. This is a great reminder (and great read!) of how far EA's have come. More importantly, how very valuable we are to companies. I realize I'm commenting to this so late. I'm not a stalker, I swear!

    1. The Muser at Musings of a High Level Exec AsstSeptember 22, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Anon - LOL Re: stalker comment! It's okay, I have the archives up so new readers can read through all the old stuff. I love comments! :) Glad you liked the post! I didn't write it though, but thought it would be fun to share. EAs have come a long way and are very central to an executive's life and a company! :) I hope you find more posts you like and enjoy my vlog. I have yet to post anything recent. Yikes!

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    1. The Muser at Musings of a High Level Executive AsstFebruary 12, 2016 at 1:19 PM

      Thank you! :)

  4. Yet another fantastic post! I love the comparisons; makes me feel that much more proud to be in my role. I've sent a link to this to the admin staff in my company. Thank you for this!

    1. The Muser at Musings of a High Level Executive AsstFebruary 12, 2016 at 1:19 PM

      ReggiVictoria - Thank you so much! Your comment made my day!