September 12, 2014
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Optimas Awards for exemplary achievements in workforce management. It has been a challenging time for many of our winners, which have found innovative ways to do more with less and meet the demands of a changing economy head on. For A to Z Machine Co., a manufacturer based in Wisconsin, the dearth of skilled workers led company leaders to partner with local high schools in promoting a youth apprenticeship program. At Sodexo Inc., where diversity is a top priority, the fact that most minorities access the Internet through their phones sparked the development of a job-search mobile phone app. Another Optimas winner, Etisalat Misr, Egypt's third-largest mobile network operator, managed to both cut costs and improve morale during a time of political and economic turmoil. This year's winner for General Excellence is ChildNet, a not-for-profit child-welfare agency in Florida that accomplished a dramatic turnaround in its culture and finances thanks to a series of initiatives to improve employee morale. We congratulate all the winners for their efforts and their bottom-line results, and we encourage companies with innovative workplace management strategies to enter next year's Optimas competition.