2017 Optimas Awards

Creative Outlets

This year’s Optimas Award winners prove that savvy organizations must get inventive to solve complex workplace issues.

As workplace challenges grow more complex, creative solutions to resolve these issues become increasingly crucial. What was evident among our 21 Workforce Optimas Award winners is the clever ways they addressed their problems.

Now in its 27th year, the Optimas Awards celebrate HR’s success at solving some of the biggest business challenges of our time. Each year, the Optimas Awards are given by Workforce magazine to recognize human resources and workforce management initiatives that achieve business results for the organization.

One company acknowledged the prevalence of the gig economy outside its corporate walls and created an internal gig economy for employees to build their skillsets. Another, much in line with the growing trend of rewarding employees for volunteering, created an initiative that aims to help combat local and global inequality.

The gold winner for Benefits is a global organization with some 27,000 employees that was able to reconcile the necessity of streamlining benefits on an international scale while also being mindful of unique local needs. This company shows that balancing large-scale and small-scale needs, though it can seem impossible, can absolutely be accomplished.

And then there’s the 2017 General Excellence winner, Webasto Roof Systems Americas, which faced an all-too-common problem: sliding financials coupled with a toxic workplace culture. It was so bad that Webasto’s corporate culture was ranked by McKinsey’s Organizational Health Index among the “worst ever seen” in 2014. It took the initiative to improve its organizational and financial health and employee satisfaction, and, just three years later, the impact they’ve made is truly impressive, as witnessed with the General Excellence honors.

Congratulations to all of our 2017 Optimas Awards winners, which tackled these modern-day challenges with great resourcefulness. We look forward to what these companies will accomplish in the future.

2017 General Excellence Winner

  1. Webasto: Optimas 2017 General Excellence WinnerThe Great Recession hit Detroit and the auto industry hard. The federal government bailed out General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automotive as sales took a ...

Gold Award Winners

  1. Bristol-Myers Squibb: Optimas Gold Winner for BenefitsSimplifying employee benefits is difficult for any company no matter its size. When you consider the same challenge for a massive, global biopharma company with ...
  2. GAI Consultants: Optimas Gold Winner for Business ImpactGAI Consultants has a simple belief: As employees and leaders grow and succeed, the company will grow and succeed right alongside them. In order to ...
  3. Advanced Group: Optimas Gold Winner for Corporate CitizenshipAdvanced Group knows its employees want to make a difference in the world and be productive toward their community. The Chicago-based consulting group, which focuses ...
  4. Siemens Healthineers: Optimas Gold Winner for Global OutlookSiemens Healthineers is known for its dedication to improving human health through the latest treatment and technology. As the world continues to move, with technology ...
  5. Ceridian: Optimas Gold Winner for InnovationHR software company Ceridian takes pride in working for people and looking to them as assets and not costs. Specializing in onboarding and transboarding (moving ...
  6. Ottawa Medicine: Optimas Gold Winner for Managing ChangeIn Ontario, Canada, aggressive behavior in the workplace is becoming a serious concern. The Legislative Assembly of Ontario recently passed an amendment to the Occupational ...
  7. Baylor College of Medicine: Optimas Gold Winner for PartnershipMost businesses agree that employee wellness in the workplace is vital to help prevent lack of productivity and performance. Maintaining and learning how to have ...
  8. SDI Gas LLC: Optimas Gold Winner for RecruitingWhen hoping to grow the company’s workforce, SDI Gas LLC faced a unique challenge: Americans not seeking operations work. The company set out to share ...
  9. AT&T Inc.: Optimas Gold Winner for TrainingBack in 2011, telecommunications conglomerate AT&T realized its employees lacked the skills needed to run a growing software infrastructure. As tech talent is limited and ...
  10. WVU Medicine/University Health Associates: Optimas Gold Winner for VisionThe poor and elderly often find themselves unable to access quality health care, a huge problem considering they’re among America’s most vulnerable people. In West ...

Silver Award Winners

  1. Riverside Healthcare: Optimas Silver Winner for BenefitsMany employers say they want a culture of health. Riverside Healthcare is one that is achieving that culture through its employee wellness program, Riverside Employees ...
  2. Suffolk: Optimas Silver Winner for Business ImpactAfter doubling in size from 2007 to 2016, Suffolk decided to prioritize the performance and development of its talent. A privately held building contractor, Suffolk ...
  3. General Assembly: Optimas Silver Winner for Corporate CitizenshipGeneral Assembly is working with diverse groups to bring strong talent to its industry and open doors for underrepresented individuals. Understanding the lack of diversity ...
  4. Mercer: Optimas Silver Winner for Global OutlookMercer, a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments, partnered with Active Ops Management to create MercerPulse. The initiative was designed to make ...
  5. Intel Corp: Optimas Silver Winner for Innovation  "Ohana” is what Intel Corp. calls its employees. The word means “family” in Hawaiian, and in creating the “freelance nation,” it also created a ...
  6. Office of Information and Technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs: Optimas Silver Winner for Managing ChangeThe Office of Information and Technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ goal is to create the best experience for all military veterans by providing ...
  7. Makespace: Optimas Silver Winner for PartnershipStartups have shown the ability to grow into successful organizations seemingly overnight, even as they face the myriad challenges that come with scaling a new ...
  8. Rochester Regional Health: Optimas Silver Winner for RecruitingThere are a lot of appointments to schedule at Rochester Regional Health, which encompasses five hospitals and more than 150 patient care sites. Turnover among ...
  9. Choptank Transport Inc.: Optimas Silver Winner for TrainingWhile shipping and transport company Choptank Transport Inc. had a training program in place for many years, company leaders found it was outsourced and tailored ...
  10. Brad’s Deals LLC.: Optimas Silver Winner for VisionBrad’s Deals LLC, a curated guide to the best online deals on the web, has a vision for supporting women without handholding. Through its Women’s ...