This year’s winner in the General Excellence category is Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, New York, which was featured in a Workforce Management magazine cover story in March 2008. The hospital pulled itself out of bankruptcy and has established itself as a leader in medical services in a highly competitive regional market by using its reorganization not only to fix its finances but also to reinvent its corporate culture. 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 Optimas categories.
This is the 18th year for the Optimas Awards. Past winners have included organizations of every kind—global public companies, city governments, federal and state agencies, not-for-profits and small family-owned enterprises.
Themes emerge in each year’s judging, and one thing that the 2008 winners have in common is an ability to roll with the punches, whether they’re thrown by a difficult economy, globalization, rapidly changing workforce demographics or even something as fundamental as the need to reinvent how work is done.
The winners have faced a variety of business challenges and answered them with creative solutions that have one thing in common: a belief that the organization with the best workforce wins.
Click here for the list of the 2008 Optimas Award winners. Their full stories will be featured in the October 20 issue of Workforce Management magazine.
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