Survey Finds Budget/Payroll, Human Resources and Social Media Rate
as Top Three Additional Activities Handled By Admins
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 10, 2015--
(NASDAQ: SPLS) fourth annual survey in honor of Administrative
Professionals’ Day on April 22 highlights the growing workload of
administrative assistants across the United States and Canada. More than
half the admins report supporting more staff than the previous year,
following a trend found in the past three surveys. The survey also
showed budget and payroll (46.7 percent), human resources (43.9 percent)
and helping out on social media (23.1 percent) were the top three
additional activities admins take on above and beyond their normal
“Staples’ survey highlights how admins are the backbone of businesses
everywhere,” said Mike Edwards, executive vice president, merchandising,
Staples. “Administrative Professionals’ Day is a perfect opportunity to
recognize these office VIPs who make more happen at their businesses,
and Staples makes it easy to find the perfect gift for every
The survey also found:
Admins vs. Bosses: Admins were rated as better creative problem
solvers (57.4 vs. 42.5 percent) and more tech-savvy (43.4 vs. 29
percent) than their bosses. Respondents also said admins have a better
sense of humor (58.7 vs. 46.1 percent), are a better team player (61.5
vs. 44.4 percent) and were more likely to be described as a friend
(44.3 vs. 29.4 percent) than the boss.
Loyal: Close to half (45.6 percent) have been with their
current company for six or more years.
Social Media Savvy: The majority (84.3 percent) said admins are
proficient in social media.
Non-Existent Virtual Assistant: Nearly all non-admin
respondents report (93.9 percent) they have never used a virtual
Historical Figures vs. Movie Star: When admins were asked who
they would most enjoy as their boss, historical figures topped the
list in the United States, while movie stars ranked as number one in
Nearly 8 out of 10 survey participants feel their company does a good
job at making the administrative assistant feel appreciated.
Administrative Professionals’ Day on April 22 is the perfect time for
colleagues and bosses to continue showing their appreciation. Staples
offers the right gift for every admin on their list whether it’s
in-store, on staples.com or staples.ca
or through mobile, including:
In celebration of Administrative Professionals’ Day, Staples teamed up
with Erika Paige Handley (@E_paige) and Alex Kattan (@SettlerofKattan),
assistants to Patti Stanger of Bravo’s The Millionaire Matchmaker, and
Bryan Gibbs (@TheBryanGibbs), assistant to Susan Sarandon. Lindsey
Holder (@SavvyAssistants) and New York Celebrity Assistants
(@NYCelebAssts) are also part of the initiative with Staples to
celebrate Administrative Professionals’ Day. These people and
organizations will be joining Staples on April 22, 2015 from 1-2 p.m.
(EDT) to host a Twitter party in honor of admins. Follow their handles
along with @Staples and @StaplesCanada and use the #CelebrateAdmins
hashtag to join the conversation and enter to win great prizes,
including amazing tech items and office products.
About the Survey
This survey of 1,561 admins and non-admins was conducted using
SurveyMonkey.com and was live from March 9, 2015 – March 31, 2015.
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more
ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery
capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they
want, whether it’s in-store, online, on mobile devices, or through the
company’s innovative buy online, pick-up in store option. Staples offers
more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom
supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and
Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates
throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New
Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.
Mark Cautela, 508-253-3852