There are 10 categories:
Competitive Advantage: The organization has developed a program to help forge or maintain a winning edge over the organization’s competitors.
Financial Impact: The organization has designed a program to effect a change that results in cost savings or increased revenue.
Global Outlook: HR has created a program or strategy to help the organization succeed in the world marketplace.
Innovation: The organization has developed an innovative workforce management strategy that addresses a fundamental business issue. The innovation marks a departure for the winning company and often for the field of workforce management.
Managing Change: The organization has successfully developed a program in response to the changing business environment.
Partnership: The workforce management leadership has developed or implemented a program in partnership with another constituency, either within the organization or outside of it.
Past winners: The Global Workplace Collaboration (including the Washtenaw County Book Manufacturers, Washtenaw Literacy and the Washtenaw Development Council), Blue Valley School District, Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York
Corporate Citizen: This is a new category, beginning with the 2010 Optimas Awards. This award is given to the organization whose corporate citizenship programs are demonstrably and successfully linked to its employee recruiting, retention and engagement goals..
Service: Workforce management leaders have developed a program to help another constituency within the organization meet its business goals.
Vision: The organization has anticipated internal and/or external trends that will affect the organization and it has responded proactively.
General Excellence: The General Excellence award is given to the organization whose workforce management initiatives have met the standards established for at least six of the other nine categories.
Applications: The application deadline is Aug. 31, 2011.
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