Here at OfficeNinjas HQ, we’re smack dab in the middle of the awards season—and we couldn’t be happier! Yeah, the Grammy Awards and the Golden Globes were fun, and the Oscars have come and gone, but we’re not talking about them, we’re too excited about the 2016 OfficeNinjas All-Stars Awards!
ICYMI, here’s a recap of everything All-Stars:
WHAT IS IT: Each day of Admin Week we’ll feature a different extraordinary Ninja—our All-Stars. In addition to showering them with praise, we’ll gift them with a professional photo shoot, a featured article on OfficeNinjas.com, and a pretty incredible prize package from one of our amazing sponsors.
WHO’S ELIGIBLE: Remarkable Office Ninjas from anywhere in the WORLD are eligible. This includes (but is not limited to) titles such as office managers, executive assistants, receptionists, people operations managers, administrative assistants, personal assistants, coordinators, operations managers, facility managers, vibe managers, and virtual assistants.
HOW TO ENTER: Get your boss and co-workers to nominate you. Pay it forward and nominate a fellow Office Ninja. You can even nominate yourself. It is free to enter and nominations end March 18, 2016. Click here for more info and tips on entering. Winners will be notified by March 25, 2016.
Nominations End: March 18, 2016
Winners Notified: March 25, 2016
Winners Reveal: April 25-29, 2016 during Admin Week!
So far, the response has been incredible! We’ve already more than doubled last year’s nominations with entrants from companies like Instacart, Kiva.org, Time Warner, Best Buy, Google, Contently, and SoundCloud. Here are some of the glowing reviews from nominators:
“Our Executive Assistant Literally Goes the Extra Mile.”
Our Executive Assistant truly is an Office Ninja who just naturally goes the extra mile to ensure our office is healthy, happy and productive. A few examples include:
1) Without regard to it being the weekend or overlapping with her vacation plans, she has been known repeatedly to stay up all night working her magic to bring our stranded traveling employees home safely.
2) When we had a disgruntled employee who refused to leave the premises, she put herself in harm’s way to ensure he didn’t try to return to the office where he might threaten others (it didn’t happen, but she didn’t know it would turn out that way).
3) At an out of town tradeshow last year, about an hour before the event was to begin, it was realized that an important football game would be on TV and without a way to play it most of our guests would not come. She went into overdrive, got a cab, found the local Target and bought the biggest TV she could find. She got it set up and ready to go about 5 minutes before the guests arrived, many of whom asked if we would be playing the game. She truly saved the day! I could offer more examples of her above and beyond, get-it-done drive than you have space for.
So I’ll close in saying this Office Ninja kicks #$* every day and we’d be lost without her!
“Office Experience Manager? More Like Office Comedy Manager!”
Our Office Experience Manager uses positive reinforcement and humor to get all of our ducks in a row. The number of employees at our company is growing exponentially; it’s not an easy job. He enables us to keep our office clean so that we can all reap the productive benefits of working in a clean, orderly space. Everything is labeled in the kitchen. If you can read, you can find it.
He sends us awesome emails like the following:
Subject: “And it’s not even my bday!”
Body: [photo of banana peels, strawberries, apple cores and used lemon wedges on a cutting board]
Text: “Thanks for the gift, but…Please throw away your scraps.” :)”
She Looks After my Calendar, Several Office Floors and my Sanity!
In my new role as director of our largest division I immediately became overwhelmed with meeting invites, folks trying to get a hold of me, travel. I was used to handling all of this on my own but I was quite literally drowning trying to sort it all out myself and saying “yes” to everything.
Then our Office Manager booked a meeting with me, sat me down, and basically told me how things would work. She took control of my calendar, routed all requests for my time through her, and took over travel arrangements. Next, she shared my calendar and appointments with my wife, and schedules after-hours events as well.
Everything is now in sync and, for me, it’s been a revelation. This one thing has made me significantly more productive. She also guides me on how to better leverage her so I can be even more on point and able to crunch through work. In addition, we recently expanded our office footprint, moving into multi-floor space.
Here, she does a fantastic job coordinating company events, keeping conference rooms ready for clients, and keeping everything in order. The fact that one can’t tell how any of this is actually happening day-to-day is testament to her skill, care, and hustle. She has helped me tremendously–I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without her!
But we know there are more amazing Ninjas out there, and we want them to be recognized!
We’re accepting nominations through March 18, 2016, so there’s still time to put your favorite workplace warrior in the running. And, if you’re a Ninja who’s wondering if maybe you’ve got the right stuff (spoiler alert: you do), we’ll happily send your boss or co-workers information about the contest and how they can nominate you. Just provide us with their email address here.
It’s time for Office Ninjas everywhere to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight! Get those nominations in!