Company culture has never been more important for organizations looking to attract and retain the best talent. But for employers, culture is about more than just Bagel Fridays and communal espresso machines. The strongest cultures are built on values that run deep throughout the organization.

Formerly presented by Digiday, Glossy and Modern Retail Awards, the WorkLife Awards are now a part of Digiday Media’s newest brand and recognize the top employers and the values that make them unique.  

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Key Dates

  • Shortlist Announcement: October 25, 2022
  • Winners Announcement: December 1, 2022
  • Early Deadline: July 15, 2022
    $499 per entry
  • Regular Deadline: August 12, 2022
    $599 per entry
  • Last Chance Deadline: September 16, 2022
    $729 per entry

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Categories
  • Best Hybrid Work Environment
    New

    Awarding the employer who has best maintained their company culture in a hybrid work environment.

  • Top Recruiter
    New

    Awarding an outstanding recruiter, either in-house or independent, who has displayed fair and effective practices to attract top talent.

  • HR Team of the Year
    New

    Awarding the HR team who has worked together to create a strong company culture and work environment.

  • Best Mental Wellness Program
    New

    Awarding the employer who has shown the strongest commitment to the mental well-being of their employees.

  • Best Physical Wellness Program
    New

    Awarding the employer who has shown the strongest commitment to the physical well-being of their employees.

  • Best Mentorship Program
    New

    Awarding the best program, either organized by an employer or independent entity, that fosters strong interpersonal connections between mentors and mentees in an innovative way.

  • Best Rewards & Recognition Program
    New

    Awarding the program that encourages a culture of recognition in an organization in the form of public/private praise and rewards/incentives.

  • Most Valued Employees
    New

    Awarding the employer who has shown the strongest commitment and dedication to employee appreciation.

  • Best Virtual Work Environment
    New

    Awarding the employer who has best maintained their company culture as a fully remote environment.

  • Best Coworking Culture
    New

    Awarding the best coworking environment, either physical or virtual, whose culture has been curated to serve a diverse community of remote and/or flexible workers.

  • Employer of the Year
    New

    Awarding the employer that has excelled at creating a strong company culture and work environment.

  • Best Manager
    New

    Awarding an outstanding people manager who has best mentored, supported and grown their team members.

  • HR Leader of the Year
    New

    Awarding the HR executive who has excelled at leading a team towards creating a strong company culture and work environment.

  • Best Onboarding Process
    New

    Awarding the employer with the most effective onboarding process in order to successfully and seamlessly integrate new hires into the company.

  • Most Committed to Social Good
    New

    Awarding the employer who has shown the greatest level of support to social causes through staff empowerment, extracurricular programs, and community partnerships.

  • Most Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    New

    Awarding the employer who has shown the strongest commitment and dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Most Dedicated to Employee Growth
    New

    Awarding the employer who has shown the strongest commitment to the professional growth of individuals through training, education and enrichment.

  • Best Workplace for Young Careers
    New

    Awarding the employer who has shown the strongest commitment to entry-level employees in terms of professional growth and career advancement.

  • Best Employer for Parents
    New

    Awarding the employer who has proven to be the most accommodating and flexible for working parents.

  • Best Employer for Remote Employees
    New

    Awarding the employer with a partial or full remote workforce who best keeps employees connected, engaged and supported.

  • Most Committed to Work/Life Balance
    New

    Awarding the employer who best demonstrates a respect for a healthy work-life balance.

  • Most Passionate Employees
    New

    Awarding the employer whose employees clearly demonstrate a unified passion for the company’s mission and values.

  • Most Collaborative Culture
    New

    Awarding the employer whose culture best facilitates cooperation and joint efforts among teams to achieve a common goal.

  • Most Innovative Culture
    New

    Awarding the employers whose culture best fosters unique, original and successful thinking demonstrated by tangible results.

Judges
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    Izzy Blach
    chief happiness officer
    good apple
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    Jeff Howle
    svp, director of culture and integration
    ep+co
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    Elaine Grell
    chief people officer emea
    ogilvy
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    Kristen Clark
    chief talent officer
    tbwamedia arts lab
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    Sara Anhorn
    chief talent officer
    critical mass
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    Danielle Sherman
    director of people and culture
    organic
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    Philomena Gray
    global chief people officer
    imagination
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    Rachael Greer
    managing director, operations
    work & co
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    Callia Hargrove
    founder and lead strategist
    backstory consulting
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    Arielle Carter
    vp, content & consumer experience
    razorfish
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    Niamh Graham
    vp, global hr
    workhuman
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    Samantha Citro Alexander
    co-founder & coo
    bitewell
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    Rachell Morris
    head of human resources
    ted conferences
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    Brandon Chreene
    group svp, people
    future plc
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    Joy McCammon
    senior vice president, talent management
    rain the growth agency
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    Rachel Shapiro
    director of talent acquisition & development
    kinship
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    Laura Small
    senior vice president, people director
    rpa
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    Dannie Lynn Fountain
    senior swe sourcer
    google
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    Heidi Grothaus
    director, hrbp, newsroom
    the new york times
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    Maria Martinez
    managing partner
    situation group
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    Chris Clermont
    vp, head of dei+
    vox media, llc.
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    Ci Ci Holloway
    chief people and diversity officer
    intersection
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Judging Criteria

Judges will be looking for companies or campaigns that can clearly demonstrate success over the past 12 months. Judges are seeking companies or campaigns that have seized challenges and created opportunities and will evaluate entries based on the following criteria: Innovation, Creativity, Consumer Value, Results and Overall.

Judges will require evidence to substantiate all entries. This can include details of financial performance, specific KPIs, creative evidence in the form of a sizzle reel, campaign images, or links to the final project or related sites. The judges will also consider the structure, presentation and clarity of each entry.

The Judging Process

Judges will score each entry prompt and consider any supporting materials submitted. After each judge submits their score for the above criteria, the scores of each criteria will then be averaged and then combined to determine overall score for each entry. The highest scoring entries will appear on the shortlist and winner lists.

Confidentiality

All material will remain confidential to the judges. Only the ‘Credits’ section of an entry will be made public via the shortlist/winners announcement. If you win a particular category, our team may summarize the entry for shortlist/winner announcements and winners guides.


Contact

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