The Admin Awards recognizes administrative excellence in nine categories, which may vary slightly from market to market to reflect the leading industries in each area.
Below is a current snapshot of existing award categories which will be increased as the program enters new markets. Nominators do have the ability to nominate an Administrative Professional in more than one award category although an admin can only be declared a finalist in one award category (the award category with the highest score from the judges is retained).
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The Founders Award
The Founders Award recognizes small, medium and large organizations that provide an exceptional work environment for Administrative Professionals. This award marks the 10th award category and the only company award presented at the Admin Awards gala and is reserved for only those organizations that succeed in developing, rewarding and retaining their Administrative community whether it be as small as one Admin or as large as hundreds of Admins.
The Rookie of the Year Award
The Rookie of the Year Award celebrates an Administrative Assistant or Receptionist, new to the administrative profession (career as an admin started less than 3 years ago), who has demonstrated the greatest potential to excel. This award honors professionals that are starting their career as an administrative professional, have reentered the workforce as an admin or made a career change to an administrative role.
The Energy Award
The Administrative Excellence in Energy Award recognizes the administrative assistant who effectively performs her or his administrative responsibilities for a company in the energy sector, including but not limited to upstream, midstream, downstream, consulting, engineering, and alternative.
The Community Champion Award
The Community Champion Award is awarded to the Administrative Professional who best demonstrates a commitment to serving others in their community and works internally to inspire employee volunteerism, community service and good corporate citizenship.
The Leadership Award
The Leadership Award recognizes the Administrative Professional that serves as a leader and mentor to other Administrative Professionals, either by job description or hard-earned respect, leads by example and is passionate about helping their fellow employees succeed and reach their goals.
The Achiever Award
The Achiever Award recognizes the administrative professional that demonstrates one or more of the following criteria:
- Has successfully managed and completed a significant project that has had a positive, company wide impact within the past 2 years
- Exhibits incredible resourcefulness and an innovative spirit that makes achieving difficult tasks and tackling challenging problems possible
- Consistently suggests new processes that are more efficient and effective significantly impacting the productivity of the executive or department he or she serves
The Spirit Award
The Spirit Award celebrates the administrative professional that consistently exhibits a positive, spirited outlook and has good energy that colleagues and vendors alike find contagious and uplifting. This is the person that people are drawn to during good days and bad, for an energy boost, pep talk or happy fix.
The Loyalty Award
The Loyalty Award is presented to the Administrative Professional that has a long history of effective service in the Administrative profession (minimum of 20 years) and/or has a long history of effective service to their existing company or executive in an administrative capacity (minimum of 10 years).
The Above the Call Award
The Above the Call Award honors the Administrative Professional that goes above and beyond the call of duty in delivering an exceptional customer experience, phenomenal first impression and serves internal and external customers with professionalism, enthusiasm and care. Candidates that qualify for the Above the Call Award include any Administrative Professional whose job responsibility involves significant interaction with others such as coworkers, customers, vendors, company visitors etc. Administrative titles might include but are not limited to Receptionists, Office Assistants, Client Service Assistants, Facilities Assistants, Sales Coordinators, Sales Assistants, Marketing Coordinators etc.
The Administrative Excellence in Public Service Award
The Administrative Excellence in Public Service Award honors Administrative Professionals that are involved in either the public or private sectors, including non-profits, government, educational institutions, military, law enforcement, fire and rescue or politics. Professionals in these areas have made significant contributions to the success of their organizations in an administrative capacity.
The Administrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
The Administrative Excellence in Healthcare Award is presented to an administrative professional employed within the healthcare or wellness industry including, but not limited to, healthcare providers, hospital systems, physician groups, wellness companies, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device suppliers and vendors. This nominee should have a passion for the healthcare industry, exceptional customer service skills and a positive impact on their organization, co-workers, vendors and clients.
The Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
The Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence is The Admin Awards’ most prestigious honor. This coveted award will be presented to the admin that best demonstrates the qualities listed below, many of which enabled Colleen Barrett’s rise from legal secretary to President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Airlines and contributed to the company’s legendary corporate culture and extraordinary success.
These qualities are:
- High proficiency
- Values that reflect those of your organization
- Passionately committed to your organization’s cause or purpose
- Deeply committed to legendary customer service both internally and externally
- The heart for employee advocacy — making sure the company always does right by its employees