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May 16, 1999
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The Workforce Optimas Awards are a celebration of the power of human resources management. Annually, Workforce recognizes HR programs that have made their businesses better. The winners are selected in 10 categories: General Excellence, Competitive Advantage, Financial Impact, Global Outlook, Innovation, Managing Change, Partnership, Quality of Life, Service, and Vision. The winning programs are profiled in the March issue of Workforce magazine with additional information provided at Workforce online.

It is with great pleasure that Workforce celebrates the winners of Optimas Awards 2001:

GeneralExcellence:
The Container Store
HR is at the heartof a thriving business with great retention, strong training, and highpay.

CompetitiveAdvantage:
Quebecor World
A training programat the world's largest printing company might include cooking and climbing.

FinancialImpact:
Bal Seal Engineering Company
At Bal Seal Engineering,HR tracks trends, cuts costs, and turns HR into a profit center.

GlobalOutlook:
General Semiconductor, Inc.
General Semiconductorbonds a global, diverse staff with "culture points" and counseling.

Innovation:
Fleishman-Hillard InternationalCommunications
New initiative atFleishman-Hillard stresses innovative thinking and a long-term strategicview.

ManagingChange:
The Men's Wearhouse
Employees come firstat a company with a decidedly different sales point of view.

Partnership:
Daimler-Chrysler Corporation
DaimlerChrysler andthe United Auto Workers have a wellness program that pays for itself.

Qualityof Life:
First USA Bank
The Opportunity Knocksprogram helps employees zero in on career dreams and achieve them.

Service:
New York State Department ofCivil Service
The New York StateDepartment of Civil Service used private-sector best practices to remakeitself.

Vision:
Synygy
Synygy's unique quarterlyevaluations encourage open communication and growth.

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