Calling office managers the "unsung heroes of the office," Staples has announced the launch of My Real Job, a national campaign to recognize and reward office managers.
The office supply store's campaign offers office managers a chance to "rewrite" their job descriptions for a chance to win prizes and to see what their adjusted My Real Job salary would be.
[Gratuitous editorial comment: Your editors can't imagine why Staples would want to get in tight with office managers.]
The campaign includes a website, www.staples.com/myrealjob, where office managers can describe their job experiences in their own words and find helpful suggestions and solutions to address workplace and work-life challenges.
The site allows office managers to interact with their peers and join in an ongoing dialog with Tory Johnson, a leading workplace expert and CEO of Women for Hire, a recruitment services firm.
"Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, and office managers often serve as the 'glue' of these organizations," said John Giusti, vice president of Staples Business Delivery, a division of Staples that delivers to small businesses. "My Real Job gives these office managers a fun way to highlight all the things they do to support the growth and operations of their companies."
"Most office managers don't have the luxury of saying 'that's not my job,' which means they must wear many hats to meet the daily realities of their roles," said Johnson. "This extraordinary range of duties can result in significant challenges with managing time effectively and achieving work-life balance."
My Real Job follows on the heels of a recent Staples survey in which half of all U.S. small business owners and managers said it would take two to four people to replace them. Office managers also face the challenge of performing multiple roles. According to a 2005 survey done by the International Association of Administrative Professionals, 80 percent of office managers said their workplace contributions had increased over the past 5 years.