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Who's Your Favorite Administrative Professional on TV?

Survey Reveals Most Employees Want to Work with Pam from 'The Office'

MENLO PARK, Calif., April 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- We all work with some characters, but which TV character portraying an administrative professional would most people want at their company? More than a quarter (29 percent) of workers surveyed by staffing firm OfficeTeam said they'd choose Pam Halpert from "The Office," followed by Waylon Smithers from "The Simpsons" (17 percent).

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These survey findings come in advance of Administrative Professionals Week (April 24-30, 2016), when many organizations honor those in support staff positions. 

View an infographic of the survey findings as well as interesting facts about celebrities who were administrative professionals, the demand for office support workers and more.

Workers were asked, "Which of the following TV administrative professionals would you most like to have at your company?" Their responses*:

Pam Halpert from "The Office"


Waylon Smithers from "The Simpsons"


Joan Holloway from "Mad Men"


Donna Meagle from "Parks and Recreation"


Jonathan from "30 Rock"



*Top responses shown

"There's no denying the charm of Pam and other administrative professionals on TV," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. "Much like these fictional characters, real-life receptionists, office managers and assistants gracefully navigate a variety of challenging situations to keep the office running smoothly."

Britton added, "Support staff don't always get recognized for their many accomplishments and contributions to their companies. These employees deserve a round of applause during Administrative Professionals Week and throughout the year."

As part of its Administrative Professionals Week celebration, OfficeTeam is offering a free webinar, "An Insider's Guide to Success in the Changing Administrative Profession," on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 11 a.m. PDT. It will highlight how to adapt to emerging trends, build skills and improve marketability. Individuals can register for the event, which qualifies for one Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) recertification point from the International Association of Administrative Professionals, at

For ideas on showing appreciation to staff during Administrative Professionals Week and year-round, download 20 Easy Ways to Rock at Employee Recognition, a tip sheet available at

About the Research

The survey of office workers was developed by OfficeTeam and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 1,000 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments in the United States and Canada.  

About OfficeTeam

OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, is the nation's leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. The company has more than 300 locations worldwide. Additional information, including job search services and the OfficeTeam Take Note® blog, can be found at

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SOURCE OfficeTeam

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