2016 Optimas Awards

Meshing the Old and New, Tried and True

The year’s 2016 Optimas Awards winners are impressive for a number of reasons. Particularly notable are their creative solutions to modern challenges in human resources.

Whether they used traditional methods, like open houses or mentorship programs, or modern methods, like HR technology and innovative software, these companies saw a challenge and came up with the best answer.The year’s 2016 Optimas Awards winners are impressive for a number of reasons. Particularly notable are their creative solutions to modern challenges in human resources.

One company tackled retirement preparedness for a more financially secure workforce, a noteworthy showcase of the financial wellness benefits trend. Another company dealt with the Affordable Care Act so effectively that 100 percent of its clients did not file for an IRS extension in January of this year.
Whether they used traditional methods, like open houses or mentorship programs, or modern methods, like HR technology and innovative software, these companies saw a challenge and came up with the best answer.

The Optimas Gold winner for Corporate Citizenship uniquely addressed child passenger safety in vehicles and created a program aimed to help children travel more safely. Companies in many categories saw employee engagement improve thanks to their efforts in key HR areas.

And for the first time in the Optimas Awards’ 26-year history, one company took honors in two separate categories. TCS won Gold in the Managing Change category while simultaneously winning Silver in Corporate Citizenship.

General Excellence winner AbbVie was particularly impressive with its performance across several categories. After splitting from pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories in 2013, AbbVie faced a huge challenge to invent itself and its company culture. Managing a massive culture shift is hard, but when it’s successful, it has an undeniable impact throughout the company.

Congratulations to all of the 2016 Optimas Awards winners, which have shown us how human resources can solve great business challenges and have a true impact on every employee in a company.

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AbbVie: Optimas 2016 General Excellence Winner

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TCS: Optimas Gold Winner for Managing Change

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Ceridian: Optimas Silver Winner for Managing Change

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