Admin Professionals Day was a holiday that I think was originally developed in order to recognize secretaries and people who help businesses stay afloat. As someone who worked for years in Operations I know that no one recognizes the admin until things go wrong.
The sign of a good admin is that you don’t even know that they’re there.
With the COVID-19 global pandemic, all of us are suddenly being forced to blur the lines of work and life. And start to realize that they are truly integrated and have always been able to be integrated. It’s interesting to see what and who in the background is suddenly stepping into our foreground.
Let’s take a minute to talk about Life Admin.
I have defined Life Admin as all of the minutiae of the tasks and the chores of life that we often push to the side in order to get more work done. Things like exercising and going to the gym, doing grocery shopping, getting our laundry done, paying bills. All of these things fall into the category of Life Admin. Things like scheduling doctor’s appointments, or making sure that you have food, to do your meal prep every week. Most people don’t even think about the admin professionals who were behind the scenes making sure these things are possible.
Many of us here in New York have a weekly call to action to cheer from our fire escapes and outside of our windows for all the service medical professionals and First Responders who are making sure that death does not take our neighbors. But there’s also a group of people making sure that life can continue for those who are alive and able. I’m talking about postal workers, and MTA employees, and the checkout girl at the grocery store, and the woman who’s still checking messages at the dentist office just in case your kid knocks out a tooth during a global pandemic and there’s no one available to see that. So there’s a whole host of services that go on behind the scenes of our lives.
Who are your Life Admin professionals?
This year we get to be even more appreciative of our life admin professionals. The people who have allowed and helped our lives to run as usual without a hitch, often unnoticed.
Who are those people in your life?
And how will you recognize them this week?
Could you say thank you with intention at the grocery store? If you see your mail carrier could you acknowledge the danger they’re putting themselves in to ensure you still have magazines? I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure there’s a whole bunch of folks who are working around the clock at the IRS to make sure that these stimulus checks get out and into the right hands. Just some food for thought.
There are a lot of people to help us. And most of the time they’re doing it without even a head nod in their direction. Seems like a good time to look up and say thank you.