When we declared 2020 the Era of the Office Ninja, we certainly didn’t anticipate this moment in history.
Yet… who is better equipped to navigate these uniquely challenging times than administrative professionals (aka Ninjas)? The workplace (heck, the WORLD) needs our clear-headed quick thinking and problem-solving skills. And we Ninjas need the support of our community.
So, instead of cancelling our annual Admin Week celebration slated for April 20-24, 2020 — we pulled a classic Ninja move and completely reimagined it.
Shrinking the Distance to Celebrate Administrative Excellence
How do you bring thousands of executive assistants, office managers, admin pros, and workplace operators together to celebrate their administrative excellence during a time of mandatory social distancing?
You host a week-long online lovefest anchored by enthusiastic connection, thoughtful reflection, mutual appreciation — and a lot of amazing raffle prizes.
“Loving all the positive vibes, inspirational stories, and, of course, the chance to win some truly awe inspiring giveaways through this fantastic group! There is always something fresh, something to lift your spirits, something to challenge your viewpoint, and something to make you laugh! It’s EVERYTHING! Thank you for all you do!” – Nicole F., Administrative Business Partner, SF Bay Area
Needless to say, we’ve been quite busy at OfficeNinjas HQ over the last six weeks! Luckily, Ninja Susy, beloved OfficeNinjas Mascot and secret To-Do-List Lover cracked whips and checked boxes (below) like it was her job — and, proudly, we pulled off some very special Admin Week 2020 experiences.
Susy’s list is seemingly endless. Like Santa Claus’s.
Meet the 2020 OfficeNinjas All-Stars… and the First All-Star Team!
When you shine a glowing spotlight on some of the best and brightest administrative professionals around — you can count on the worldwide Admin Community to show up and CELEBRATE.
Every Admin Week since 2015, we’ve honored five outstanding admin pros with OfficeNinjas All-Star Awards, recognizing their exceptional work, leadership, and commitment to the ever-evolving admin profession. And in 2020, we launched a brand new award category: OfficeNinjas All-Star Team!
To find these remarkable individuals, we invited executives, colleagues, and peers to nominate their office rockstars — and we received thousands of submissions. Some are humorous, others heartfelt — and all of them confirm what we’ve known all along: admin professionals are universally amazing.
We sat down with each of our 2020 All-Star winners for an in-depth interview, sharing valuable insights from their winning programs and strategies that you can start implementing right away.
Get your pen and notebook ready if you’ve been wanting to…
- Position yourself as a strategic business partner to your executives
- Build a culture of collaboration and mutual respect within your Admin team
- Form an Employee Resource Group in your organization
- Try a new way to overcome a disastrous day
Settle in and prepare for your inspiration (and heart) to swell as you get to know our incredible 2020 OfficeNinjas All-Star winners (and play a fun companion game we created for the experience)!
The First-Ever Admin Day Mega Raffle
Most giveaways begin and end with an online form, with only the prize winners benefiting. We wanted our first-ever Mega Raffle to offer an experience that everyone could enjoy, prize winner or not.
On National Administrative Professionals Day (April 22, 2020), OfficeNinjas partnered with some of our favorite admin-supporting companies to give away 35+ prizes in a daylong Mega Raffle just for the administrative community.
Admin Day Mega Raffle winners show us their winning pose!
Each day of Admin Week, Ninjas earned raffle entries by participating in fun activities, like watching special tribute videos to the admin community, sharing their personal experiences and insights on the admin profession, and learning about each of our 2020 OfficeNinjas All-Stars.
Our friends at DoorDash for Business know the secret to a good celebration, virtual or otherwise, includes the promise of delicious food (in this case, prepared and delivered to your door). They were a true Admin Week MVP, contributing six Mega Raffle prizes and a gift card to each of our All-Star winners!
“To get the chance to connect with and reward EAs, admins, and operations managers is so exciting. From the Raffles, to the social media engagement, to the All-Star reveals — Admin Week is so much fun to be a part of.” – Lauren Mayfield, B2B Marketing Manager, DoorDash for Business
OfficeNinjas superfans were particularly pumped for a chance at our limited edition 2020 OfficeNinjas hoodies (worn only by our 2020 All-Stars and HQ squad), and with good reason — the hoodies are next-level quality, carefully constructed by our favorite corporate swag provider Onyx.
“The OfficeNinjas community is clearly passionate and selfless. It seems obvious that this group is a bunch of ‘fun-loving givers’ — but it doesn’t make it any less impressive. Onyx is so proud to celebrate this community.” – Matt David, President, Onyx Worldwide, Inc.
And self-care junkies across the country crossed their fingers for one of three CBD and plant-based skincare sets hand-crafted by SF Bay Area-based Yuzu Soap.
Ninjas work extremely hard but often fly under the radar, so it’s great to have an entire week dedicated to thanking and recognizing these tireless contributors. It was an honor to partner with OfficeNinjas for Admin Week, which is truly a one-of-a-kind celebration of a very deserving profession. – Lauren Shun, Founder, Yuzu Soap
We can’t stop smiling because…
- Ninjas flooded our articles and social communities with more than 10K thoughtful discussions, supportive interactions, and darling meet-cutes.
- Raffle winners’ excited (and hilarious) reactions to scoring one of the hand-selected prizes WERE EVERYTHING. They used a minimum of five exclamations to rave over award-winning confections, premium kitchen gadgets, modern office essentials, and so much more.
Read our Mega Raffle Recap Article for very legit data science on our winners; to meet our incomparable partners… and to find out the ONLY state in the U.S. where no Ninjas entered.
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Surprise Tributes to the Admin Community
Admin Week is about honoring the meaningful work Ninjas do every day to help power their organizations — and deep appreciation for that work spans generations, industries and timezones.
We invited an inspiring roster of educators, HR leaders, operations execs, and fellow admins to spread a little bit of that love. And each day of Admin Week, we shared their uplifting video tributes to the Admin community.
As you watch each of our Tributors draw from their unique experiences, you’ll start to see a common theme: they all believe emphatically that Ninjas are the backbones of the organizations they serve.
Maybe keep the tissue box close because you’re about to…
- Get credit for special skills you thought executives didn’t notice
- Meet inspiring multi-generational admin families
- Receive a loving pep talk from other Ninjas navigating these strange times, too
- Remember why you chose this powerful career path
Queue up our full playlist of Video Tributes to the Admin Community (with a small sample below) and make your day instantly better.
Thank You For Celebrating With Us!
We hope that a full week of deep appreciation, joyful connection — and raffle-driven adrenaline rushes — provided a small respite from the weight of the world’s current circumstance.
Speaking of connection… we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below:
What were some of the biggest delights of Admin Week? Was this your first year celebrating with OfficeNinjas or one of many?