September 18, 2003
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 2002:


General Excellence:
Sysco Corporation
At SYSCO, subsidiary companies only buy HR programs that achieve results. That means HR has to figure out what they need -- and what will affect the bottom line.
Competitive Advantage:
WellPoint Health Networks
WellPoint's Human Resource System identifies key succession candidates, allowing it to quickly promote from within. Management builds on its strengths, and the company saves millions of dollars in recruiting and retention costs.
Financial Impact:
NCCI Holdings, Inc.
A new system brought gains in efficiency and productivity that helped the company battle back from near extinction and offer multi-million dollar price breaks and rebates to its owner-customers.
Global Outlook:
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
HR at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu revamped an international career development program, added assessment tools, and then marketed the program to candidates and executives.

Province of New Brunswick
The province of New Brunswick breathed new life into a dying economy by creating 20,000 new technology jobs and trained residents for them.

Managing Change:
National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA)
The National Imagery and Mapping Agency had to merge the personnel structures of the nine different federal offices and agencies from which it was fashioned. What NIMA’s HR leaders created was nothing less than revolutionary.
Blue Valley School District
The Blue Valley School District found a creative solution to the turnover rate among new teachers
Quality of Life:
Camping World, Inc.
The company's Multi-Location Crewmember program lets RV-loving employees take their jobs on the road.
Health Partners
When there's fast, effective training to be done, Health Partner's Organizational Learning Center is on the job. It has saved the organization money, allayed fears of change, and made the transition to a new $3 million data-processing system a success.
Acxiom Corporation
At Acxiom there are no fancy titles. Everyone's office is the same size, and nobody worries about going through the proper channels. The results? Phenomenal growth and a contented workforce.