Larry Martino

Larry Martino

Larry Martino

It’s “Administrative Professionals Day” in the U.S.A! If you’re on the job with any of these hard-working pros, be sure you thank each and every one of them. If you supervise an admin, I sure hope you will buy them lunch or something to let them know you appreciate them.

This commemorative day used to be known as “Secretaries Day” in America. According to, “National Secretaries Week” was instituted in June 1952. In 1955, it was moved to the last full week of April, with Wednesday of that week being proclaimed “National Secretaries Day.” The name was changed to “Professional Secretaries Day” in 1981, and then to “Administrative Professionals Day” in 2000.

Administrative pros encompass a whole group of jobs and duties. Per, “The day recognizes the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, executive assistants, personal assistants, receptionists, client services representatives, and other administrative support professionals.”

I always thought this was a thoroughly American commemorative day and week. Kind of a Hallmark Holiday.” But, my Wikipedia search informed me that other countries celebrate Administrative Professionals Day, although not on the same week or date as we do. Folks in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands all like to show their appreciation for these hard-working admins.

Since I am not able to buy each and every one of the administrative professionals in the Las Vegas Valley lunch today, or even a greeting card or chocolates, I can hook you up with five hard-workin’ 80s songs to help you celebrate. Thank you for all you do! Scroll down and enjoy!

  • Workin' For A Livin' - Huey Lewis & The News

    Although this song just missed cracking the Billboard Top 40, it became a staple for Huey Lewis & The News during their live performances. In fact, a live version was included on the “flip-side” of “The Heart of Rock & Roll.” According to, Huey wrote the song before his music career took off. He was a truck driver when he wrote it, and some of the other jobs mentioned in the song, like busboy and bartender, were also jobs he held for a time.

  • Nothin' But A Good Time - Poison

    For everyone who works all week long just to get to that “good time” Friday and/or Saturday night, Bret Michaels and Poison created the perfect anthem. This was the lead single from the band’s 1988 album, Open Up and Say…Ahh! It peaked at #6 in July of that year.

  • 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton garnered an Academy Award nomination and four Grammy nominations for writing and performing the title theme song from the 1980 film 9 to 5. It became her first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and also topped that magazine’s Country and Adult Contemporary charts. Parton made her film debut in this hit comedy movie.

  • She Works Hard For The Money - Donna Summer

    We certainly do NOT want to infer that Administrative Professionals are only of the female variety. There are plenty of people from all genders who perform these critical duties. But, even though the video depicts a woman holding down jobs as a waitress, seamstress, and Mom, we thought this hit song by Donna Summer would be a great 80s tune to help celebrate this commemorative day in America.

  • Working For The Weekend - Loverboy

    This has got to be everyone’s favorite weekend party anthem. Loverboy hit the nail on the head when they wrote and recorded this, their signature song. And, even though it only made it to #29 on the Billboard Hot 100, it did rank as one of the top 100 selling singles of 1982. It is also slotted at #100 on VH-1’s list of the “100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.”

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