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2007 <i>Optimas Awards</i> Winners

January 12, 2007
F or 17 years, the Optimas Awards have recognized workforce management initiatives that directly improve business results. While many of the qualities involved in creating excellent and profitable organizations don’t vary, each year’s winners do reflect the changing business environment.

    In the early ’90s, human resources shed its administrative straitjacket. In the dot-com era, innovation reigned, and companies showered employees with unprecedented perks. In the crash that followed, the winning organizations showed a resolve and a determination to do more with less.

    Now, as the global economy changes dramatically, a different theme is emerging. In nearly every category this year, the winning organizations’ entries centered on talent. How to find it—sometimes in dizzying numbers. How to bring people into an organization quickly. How to maximize their abilities. How to steep them in a company’s culture. How to retain the best people in the face of ever-increasing competition.

    It’s our pleasure to honor the achievements of the 2007 Optimas Award winners, and to share them with you.

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
Goldman Sachs & Co.
New York
COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
Edwards Lifesciences,
Irvine, California

ETHICAL PRACTICE
Putnam Investments,
Boston

FINANCIAL IMPACT
GM Service Technical College, Troy, Michigan
GLOBAL OUTLOOK
Infosys Technologies, Bangalore

INNOVATION
Best Buy,
Minnesota
CultureRx,
Minneapolis

MANAGING CHANGE
Luxottica Retail,
Mason, Ohio
PARTNERSHIP
CVS Pharmacy,
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
SERVICE
U.S. Office of Personnel Management,
Washington
VISION
Sun Healthcare Group, Irvine, California