We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Hidden Work of Keeping an Office Running - Debra Leonard-Porch, an administrative professional for over 35 years, reflects on her career and the pride she finds her work. These are the people who make the world work. Generally they have good computer trouble-shooting skills. In my experience, they are well-paid, but not overpaid, for the job.
Around here, an experienced high-energy office manager can be paid between 100-170,000 with annual raises or bonuses and excellent benefits. Often paid more than the junior professionals in business offices.
I have met companies where I'm pretty sure that the only sane person in the entire company was the CEO's administrative assistant.
I think the decline in "secretaries" has actually had a serious effect in reducing productivity and increasing organizational dysfunction. A word processing program, even in conjunction with scheduling software, workflow software, etc, is not a substitute for an intelligent human being.
Can you say shorthand anyone. Still remember it after fourty years. It was drilled into us in high school if you took business classes. When I was a secretary I used it all the time. Now it is a lost art, my grandchildren have no idea what it is. Cursive writing is next. Such a shame handwriting can be so beautiful. Great to see people with a work ethic.
A good admin is worth his/her weight in gold. The problem for them is that the only way you know you have a bad one is if things don't work. But when everyday life goes smoothly - there is paper at the copier, meetings start on time in the proper conference room - it's easy take a great admin for granted.