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Office Professionals - The Fountain of Office Knowledge

Tuesday 3 May, 2011  

Almost two out of three Australian Office Professionals are privy to sensitive and confidential corporate information according to research released today by Kelly Services and the Australian Institute of Office Professionals (AIOP), the national representative body of Office Professionals. 

The survey of 400 Office Professionals from across Australia revealed 61% regularly become aware of confidential business information before their colleagues. 

58% said they are aware of confidential financial information, 47% said they regularly know about pending staff changes before others and 40% say they have access to personal information about their colleagues. 

Penny O’Reilly, General Manager Kelly Services, said the research confirms the widely known fact that Office Professionals are indeed secret fountains of knowledge within the office environment. 

“In many cases knowledge is power and because Office Professionals are the gate keepers of information they commonly hold a lot more power than many people give them credit for.” 

“At Kelly Services we deal with thousands of Office Professionals every year and the good news for employers is that the large majority are trustworthy, dependable and honest employees.” 

Ms O’Reilly said with National Office Professional’s Day fast approaching (Friday 6 May) the research is designed to highlight the huge influence Office Professionals can have in a workplace. 

“The benefit that a high quality office support person can bring to a business is undeniable,” Ms O’Reilly said. 

Pat Kriel, National President of AIOP said the research was a timely reminder to employers that it makes smart business sense to treat Office Professionals with respect. 

“The fact employers trust Office Professionals with financial, strategic and personal information pertaining to their business demonstrates just how vital these people are to the Australian workforce.” 

“No longer can employers treat Office Professionals with a “set and forget” mentality. Today’s Office Professional needs to be engaged and nurtured like any highly valued employee.” 

“National Office Professional’s Day gives employers a chance to show their appreciation to the Office Professionals within their business. In many cases simply using the day as an annual reminder to say thanks is enough,” Ms Kriel said. 

National Office Professional’s Day will be celebrated nationally on Friday 6 May with breakfast events hosted in most major cities around the country. 

For more information on individual AIOP events visit 

Media Contact:

Brett Maguire
Head of Marketing, Kelly Australia
02 9246 6027
Pat Kiel
National President, AIOP
0400 993 303 


About Kelly Services
Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:  KELYA,  KELYB) is a leader in providing workforce solutions.  Kelly offers a comprehensive array of outsourcing and consulting services as well as world-class staffing on a temporary, temporary-to-hire and direct-hire basis.  Serving clients around the globe, Kelly provides employment to more than 530,000 employees annually.  Revenue in 2010 was $5 billion.  Visit 



About AIOP
The Australian Institute of Office Professionals is the only national professional body for office professionals in Australia. The Institute was established in 1963 to "encourage the attainment of a professional qualification and promote and develop the private secretarial profession at all levels". The Institute is still primarily involved with improving the profile of Office Professionals in the business community and increasing their educational levels. Visit 



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