Wednesday, April 21, 2010

MY Administrative Professional

Happy Administrative Professional's (Secretary's) Day!

When I was the Executive Director at the Art Center, I had a wonderful administrative assistant. She had been there for several years before I started, so she really knew the program, and taught me a lot! She was quiet, sweet, and always willing to do anything I ask of her!

Now...I have a new administrative professional!

He really dislikes it when I use the old-school term "secretary" to describe his job. 

He rises early, and is ready to get right to work, but by 11am he's whining for lunch.

Not long after lunch, his productivity really goes down the drain, and he sneaks out of the office for a long nap! It's really not fair! I don't get a nap! Who takes a 3+ hour nap in the middle of the day?!?

He enjoys taking notes and filling out forms, but isn't so good at filing.

He is easily distracted by his surroundings, and often gets off-task to "play" around.

at least he spends his "break time" engaging in brain exercises

His friendly greeting to clients coming in is hit-and-miss. Some days he'll greet them at the door with a smile. Other days he will bury his face in his desk, or give them a rude scowl.

I occasionally find him doodling on important paper work.  He tells me they are "doggies" and gets really excited about his work. I don't find it amusing that he's wasting company time.

I am unable to offer insurance benefits, so he's forced to wear glasses that clearly do not fit him well! His aunt, Dr. Christie would be very dissapointed. 

His penmanship is getting better, but 99.9% of the time, I can't read the messages he leaves for me.

It doesn't take him long to turn the office from organized to a complete mess! At least he is somewhat helpful in tidying up, when I ask.

He enjoys helping me use the printer, when I'm trying to get wedding invites finished. He often tries to load paper in the open tray himself, causing a jam.

His phone skills need work. He will pick up the phone and start chatting, when it hasn't even rung! Crazy!! Maybe he's drinking in the middle of the work day, and I don't realize it. 

When the phone does ring, and I ask him to answer, he just holds the phone to his ear with a blank look on his face. The person on the other end of the line is speaking to him, but most of the time he just smiles. 

His wardrobe is not very professional. He insists on wearing his "comfy clothes."

Forget coffee...this guy drinks a LOT of milk!

As you can see, my administrative professional is still in training! 
For all of you that are an administrative professional, have been an administrative professional,  or you are lucky enough to have one...hopefully they don't do too many of the things mentioned above!

He's has some faults, but I wouldn't trade him for anyone else in the world!
Happy Administrative Professional's Day, Mr. Barrett!!!


  1. So cute and fun! What a lucky lady you are!!

  2. What a cute post! It made me smile. :)

  3. That was the cutest post ever!!!

  4. So cute I was laughing out loud!

  5. You are so creative! Good to talk to you today and hear your AP in the background talking away. Very cute post! Nice work.

  6. love the post! :) He looks sooo cute in your glasses. I think you have a keeper:)

  7. simply adorable!! what a cute idea, Laura! :) and a super cute assistant too!

    and he still takes a 3+ hour nap?! Man, I am jealous!!


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