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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″] 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.

2016 General Excellence Winner

  1. AbbVie: Optimas 2016 General Excellence WinnerThree years ago, global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie separated from parent company Abbott Laboratories, and its more than 125 years of history. With that, AbbVie faced ...

Gold Award Winners

  1. Devon Energy Corp.: Optimas Gold Winner for BenefitsFinancial wellness is a critical topic as many Americans are worried about retirement. The Devon Energy Corp. developed a program to assuage its employees’ fears ...
  2. Four Winds: Optimas Gold Winner for Business ImpactFor over a decade, Four Winds Interactive has worked its way into an industry leader for enterprise visual communications software. The visual leader in digital ...
  3. AAA NCNU: Optimas Gold Winner for Corporate CitizenshipAmong the most unsafe places for a child may be the backseat of a car. A survey of 4,000 vehicles found 65 percent of car ...
  4. Dufry: Optimas Gold Winner for Global OutlookWith operations in 63 countries, Dufry Management Ltd. has become a global travel retailer providing its customers with prestigious products from around the world. With ...
  5. Intellect Design Arena: Optimas Gold Winner for InnovationEvery day, online conversations move further away from email servers and toward platforms like Facebook or Twitter. Yet in most workplaces, communication is still bogged ...
  6. TCS: Optimas Gold Winner for Managing ChangeTata Consultancy Services has a proven track record of developing leaders internally. Even today, 98 percent of the information technology firm’s current leaders are individuals ...
  7. Dealertrack Inc.: Optimas Gold Winner for PartnershipAsk most any struggling businessperson if they’d swap their ailing organization for the unfettered growth that Dealertrack Inc. experienced in early 2012 and you’re likely ...
  8. Lawrence Livermore: Optimas Gold Winner for RecruitingThree internship programs are helping U.S. military personnel understand the crucial contributions to national defense made by organizations like the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. One, ...
  9. Siemens Healthineers: Optimas Gold Winner for TrainingNearly 10 years ago, Siemens Healthcare acquired three diagnostic companies, growing its stature in the health care industry as a leader in medical imaging, laboratory ...
  10. Southern Utah University: Optimas Gold Winner for VisionEmbracing the new may be difficult for institutions of higher education, but five years ago Southern Utah University slowly and successfully incorporated an employee wellness ...

Silver Award Winners

  1. Retrofit: Optimas Silver Winner for BenefitsRetrofit’s No. 1 priority is a happy workforce. The Chicago-based nutrition company uses competitive benefits packages, perks and surveys to maintain its culture of happiness. ...
  2. Paycor: Optimas Silver Winner for Business ImpactPaycor, a prominent provider of cloud-based onboarding, HR and timekeeping software translated the Affordable Care Act into intuitive, simpistic software that had direct integrations with ...
  3. TCS: Optimas Silver Winner for Corporate CitizenshipTechnology continues to drive the nation’s economy, but students still struggle to see themselves on the road to a STEM career. The lack of college ...
  4. Schneider Electric: Optimas Silver Winner for Global OutlookBased in Paris, Schneider Electric is focused on attracting, engaging and converting top candidates into great hires for the worldwide company. As it continues to ...
  5. HCL Technologies: Optimas Silver Winner for InnovationAt HCL Technologies, an information technology services firm, employees operate across 500 points of presence in India as well as 30 other countries. With the ...
  6. Ceridian: Optimas Silver Winner for Managing ChangeCeridian had a numbers problem. About 18 months ago, the human capital management technology company had a 2.2 rating on employer rating site Glassdoor, and ...
  7. ATD SF East Bay-UC Berkeley: Optimas Silver in PartnershipIn the hypercompetitive San Francisco Bay Area, learning and development is not only crucial, it’s imperative for organizations to maintain sustained, ongoing success. So who ...
  8. WVU: Optimas Silver Winner for RecruitingWVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals faced unique challenges with staffing its new 10-story patient care tower scheduled to open in 2017. Nurses are in short supply in ...
  9. Life & Specialty Ventures: Optimas Silver Winner for TrainingWhen results from Life & Specialty Ventures’ annual employee survey came in, a few problem areas quickly came to the fore: Employees were not satisfied ...
  10. Gensler: Optimas Silver Winner for VisionWhen a business experiences significant growth but the talent pool does not, that’s problematic. Gensler, a global architecture, design and planning firm, had this problem ...