The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

May 9 - International Receptionists' Day

International Receptionists' Day
08 May 2018 | Updated 09 May 2018

International Receptionists' Day on Wednesday May 9 will see more and more countries around the world involved. A new website has been unveiled reflecting the international nature of this annual event -

Rapport (Compass Group UK & Ireland’s guest services business) is lead sponsor and is organising a range of activities and initiatives open to all.

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.

  • 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 initiatives will be hosted with some great prizes on offer. These include ‘Reception Heroes’, where employees share a story of how their receptionist colleague has done something exceptional during the course of their work. In addition, there will be a caption competition and other ways to get involved.

At Rapport, all the Directors and head office managers will be embracing going ‘back to the front’, working as receptionists for the day alongside reception teams across the UK and Ireland, USA and Hong Kong.

Greg Mace, MD 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.”

Picture: International Receptionists' Day is on Wednesday May 9.                    



Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 08 May 2018


Related Articles

First Impressions – International Receptionists' Day

Guest services provider Rapport is calling on all organisations to celebrate their front-of-house staff on International Receptionists' Day. International...

 Read Full Article
Creating a First Impression – National Telephonists’ Day

Guest services provider Rapport is calling on businesses to recognise and thank their professional telephone operators on National Telephonists’...

 Read Full Article
No Reception Desk for Accountancy Firm – Outsourcing Call Handling

Jo Giles, Head of Facilities at Cooper Parry, explains how the removal of their formal reception desk and outsourcing their call handling has changed the dynamic of their...

 Read Full Article
Corporate Receptionist of the Year – 2020’s Winner Named

Diana Riaubiene of ISS has been named as 2020's Corporate Receptionist of the Year. Riaubiene works for ISS at their contract with a financial institution, and she...

 Read Full Article
SmartSec Solutions to Manage Site Security at the London Film School

The London Film School, one of the world's leading postgraduate film institutions based in Covent Garden, London, has appointed SmartSec Solutions to manage its...

 Read Full Article
Low City Footfall, Congestion Charge and the Effect on Security Officers

As fewer people commute to work in city centres, this will inevitably alter the role of the front of house security officer.  Theo Nicolaou, Managing...

 Read Full Article
Face Masks – Are There Implications for Security Teams?

With mask-wearing becoming mandatory in certain public buildings in England, FM security teams may have to take additional precautions to face this challenge. Shops...

 Read Full Article
Front-Of-House Strategies For Dealing With Aggressive Behaviour Post-Lockdown

It’s clear that the role of our front-of-house workforce and security staff is going to change significantly as buildings reopen. The security guard that greets...

 Read Full Article
Corporate Receptionist of the Year – What Can 2020's Winner Expect?

We recently announced that entries for the Corporate Receptionist of the Year Award are open once again. Therefore there’s no better time to look back at...

 Read Full Article
Celebrating Front of House Excellence Within The Corporate World

Entries for the Corporate Receptionist of the Year Award 2020 are now open. This is the only award scheme that recognises and celebrates the exceptional front of house...

 Read Full Article