By Memory Chamisa
THE government has praised secretaries for their role in shaping the country’s development agenda within the private and public sectors.
Theirs is a job that needs the uttermost patience and exceptional communication skills.
This Friday, Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day for Secretaries with emphasis being made on their capacitation and net safety after retirement.
For some with over 20 years of experience, it was all about being professional and confidential.
“Secretarial work is hard work that people see as easy and demeaning, but we are the oil that lubricates the organisation and keeps its secrets that we cannot divulge to our families and for one to be able to do this for over 20 years is not a joke,” said one secretary.
“I have been doing this job for the past 20 years and there have seen some challenges, but the journey has been a great experience that has also brought in personal development. Secretarial job is one of the most difficult jobs you can do as you meet aggressive people who sometimes demean you. However, I am grateful to the government for according us the opportunity to be celebrated and appreciated for the work we do,” added another.
Guest Speaker, the Permanent Secretary for the Public Service Commission, Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe who was representing the Vice President Doctor Constantino Chiwenga, commended the work done by secretaries across board, which many when tasked, fall short.
“Secretaries need to be applauded for the work they do which is never easy. They are the first to come in and last to leave the office and most advise their bosses on decisions that benefit organisations. Some become family and are always there through bereavement and celebrations. It is secretaries that give the boss a good image as they manage the calendar, meetings and those that want to associate with the boss,” he said.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Dr Victoria Chitepo underscored the need to capacitate secretaries for them to be successful in their own right.
“Secretarial work is one that cannot be taken for granted. Most of them have been in service for decades and this is because they are dependable, trustworthy and advisors. It is sad to note that some when they reach retirement age, have nothing to show that they worked for so long, hence it is imperative to ensure that they are capacitated and even given opportunities to venture into businesses,” noted Dr Chitepo.
Secretaries from both the public service and corporate world took time to celebrate the day away from their offices and ringing phones.