Once again, we were proud to lead the way in sponsoring International Receptionists’ Day (IRD) this May.
Bigger and better than ever and supported by a growing number of organisations from leading hotels as well as corporate businesses, Receptionists’ Day was first launched in 1991 in the US to celebrate the role of professional receptionists.
The purpose of International Receptionists’ Day is to:
- Recognise the importance of the receptionist’s role. Usually the first person a guest or client meets when they visit a company or hotel – the receptionist creates that all important first impression and is integral to the guest experience.
- Promote pride and professionalism amongst receptionists for the essential role they hold within an organisation.
- Give receptionists an opportunity to share stories and link up with other colleagues. Each year the initiative grows and is celebrated by companies across the globe.
Various competitions were hosted that everyone could take part in. These included ‘The Art of Being a Receptionist’ where the challenge was to create a picture bringing to life all the aspects of the role of a Receptionist, a short story about ‘My most memorable day on reception’, a Reception Rhyme and finally a snap to sum up ‘what IRD means to you’.
Winners were awarded fantastic prizes from a champagne afternoon tea, to a luxury hamper and all winners are listed on the IRD website at www.internationalreceptionistsday.com
At Rapport, all the Directors and head office managers embraced going ‘back to the front’, working as receptionists for the day alongside reception teams across the UK and Ireland, Denmark, USA and Hong Kong.
Greg Mace, Managing Director of Rapport said: “International Receptionists’ Day is the perfect way to celebrate the work of dedicated receptionists all over the world and we’re delighted to be leading the way. Supporting this initiative is an opportunity for us to celebrate the great work receptionists do and to raise their profile within our operations. We hope that every single receptionist who takes part will feel proud – they are truly exceptional people.”