National Secretaries' Week is one of those few honorary weeks that is designed to make one profession happy but ends up making another even happier.
Secretaries may enjoy the added attention from the boss, but florists enjoy the surge in flower orders even more. National Secretaries' Week, April 25-29, rivals Mother's Day as a popular time to send a posie. Salt Lake florists will be "taking orders from the boss" through Friday, rushing bouquets out to thousands of appreciated secretaries this week.9to5, National Association of Working Women, rushed its profile of the modern working woman to the public instead.
The group's profile showed that 65 percent of all women between 16 and 64 are in the work force. Further, between now and the year 2000, three out of five new workers will be women. The husband is currently the sole provider in less than 12 percent of families with dependent children.
However, the group had no reciprocal bouquets to offer the boss. "Employers are not doing their part," said Karen Nussbaum, director of 9to5. "When you look at workplace policies, it's as if employers live in a nostalgic dream of the 1950s, where Dad goes out to work every morning and Mom stays home to take care of the kids. But workers don't live (in that era) any more."
Nussbaum noted that 60 percent of working wom-en have no form of maternity leave. Only 11 percent of working women have flexible work schedules and only 3,000 of the nation's 6 million businesses .5 percent help their employees with child care in any way.
It's time for employers to take off their blinders and start dealing with reality," she said.
While most bosses are busily ordering bouquets this week, Nuss-baum said what secretaries really want is change.