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The 2014 Optimas Award Winners

Workforce congratulates the 21 winners of the 2014 Optimas Awards.

 

This year’s crop of Optimas Award winners are problem-solvers. With the economic malaise of the past several years ebbing away, our winners have turned to setting up their companies for future success.

As the list of retiring baby boomers grows each day, companies are looking to transfer generational knowledge to younger groups of workers. And advancements in computer technology have made the products and services companies provide more complicated than ever before, but those technological advancements also allow employers to train their employees in innovative ways that keep pace with their high-tech products.

These trends and others, like health care reform, a shifting benefits landscape and the war for talent, create both challenges and opportunities for employers. Our winners have embraced these changes and found ways to incorporate them into their human capital management strategies.

The 2014 Optimas Awards winners are redefining leadership by partnering with their community to improve the lives of those living in it, using technology to develop recruiting processes that address candidate shortages and finding unique ways to make their workplaces safer.

Each winner has tackled important workplace challenges and some, like Amtrak, our General Excellence winner, have found ways to transform the way their organization does business.

We applaud all the Optimas Award winners for their efforts, and we look forward to seeing your entries in next year’s competition. (See competition details at Workforce.com/Optimas.)

—Max Mihelich

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
 

Amtrak
For its workforce initiative, which demonstrates excellence in several winning categories, including Benefits, Business Impact, Managing Change, Recruiting, Training and Vision, Amtrak is the 2014 Optimas Award General Excellence winner. To read more, click here.

BENEFITS  
Gold City of Kansas City, Missouri 
For its program that uses employee benefits to facilitate workplace diversity, the city of Kansas City is the 2014 Optimas Award winner for Benefits. To read more, click here.
Silver McKesson Corp. logo December 2014

McKesson Corp.
For its efforts to improve employee health with its wellness program, McKesson is the winner of the silver 2014 Optimas Award for Benefits. To read more, click here.
 

BUSINESS IMPACT
Gold

BorgWarner, Inc. – Dixon, Illinois Manufacturing Plant
For its ongoing commitment to employee health and safety, BorgWarner is the 2014 Optimas Award winner for Business Impact. To read more, click here.

 
Silver ConAgra Foods

For its innovative talent management programs with business implications, ConAgra Foods is the winner of the silver 2014 Optimas Award for Business Impact. To read more, click here.

CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP
Gold

SRC Inc.
For its internship program that was designed to serve both employees and the community, SRC Inc. is the 2014 Optimas Award winner for Corporate Citizenship. To read more, click here.
 

Silver

InfoMart Inc.
For its programs focused on employee total well-being, InfoMart is the winner of the silver 2014 Optimas Award for Corporate Citizenship. To read more, click here.

GLOBAL OUTLOOK
Gold

SingTel
For its efforts to expand recruiting to a younger demographic across international boundaries, Singtel is the 2014 Optimas Award winner for Global Outlook. To read more, click here.

Silver Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
For its efforts in standardizing learning in all of its global locations, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics is the winner of the silver 2014 Optimas Award for Global Outlook. To read more, click here.

INNOVATION
Gold Rehearsal VRP logo 2014Rehearsal VRP
For its ability to use video as a communication platform, Rehearsal VRP is the 2014 Optimas Award winner for Innovation. To read more, click here.
 
Silver
AIRINC logo 2014

AIRINC
For its efforts in globalization strategies, AIRINC is the silver 2014 Optimas Award winner for Innovation. To read more, click here.


MANAGING CHANGE
Gold University of Miami (Florida)
For its initiative to launch a new medical-coding apprentice program to help smooth the transition to a new industrywide system, the flagship hospital at the University of Miami is the 2014 Optimas Award winner for Managing Change. To read more, click here.
 
silver

Chesapeake Energy Corp.
For its efforts to handle the organization’s transformation, Chesapeake Energy Corp. is the silver 2014 Optimas Award winner for Managing Change. To read more, click here.


PARTNERSHIP
Gold
Common Ground logo 2014Common Ground
For its ability to work with two organizations to form an all-inclusive strategic plan aimed at transparency, Common Ground is the 2014 Optimas Award winner for Partnership. To read more, click here.
 
 
silver

City of Peoria, Arizona
For its collaborative prowess, the city of Peoria, Arizona, is the silver 2014 Optimas Award winner for Partnership.
To read more, click here.


RECRUITING
Gold

General Motors Service Technical College
For its efforts to use its robust training program as a recruiting tool, GM Service Technical College is the 2014 Optimas Award winner for Recruiting. To read more, click here.

Silver

Brad’s Deals
For its plan to draw junior talent, Brad’s Deals is the silver 2014 Optimas Awards winner for Recruiting. To read more, click here.

 

TRAINING
Gold

G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.
For its success in building security guards’ skills through its learning program, G4S Secure Solutions is the 2014 Optimas Award winner for Training. To read more, click here.

Silver

Allied Bank Limited
For its cost-cutting electronic learning initiative, Allied Bank is the winner of the silver 2014 Optimas Award for Training. To read more, click here.


VISION
Gold

Year Up
For developing the workforce of tomorrow through upgrading technology, Year Up is the 2014 Optimas Award winner for Vision. To read more, click here.

Silver UC Riverside logo December 2014University of California Riverside School of Medicine
For its staffing program, UC Riverside School of Medicine is the silver 2014 Optimas Award winner in Vision. To read more, click here.