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(December 8, 2010) The Workforce Management editors give us the low down on the 2010 Optimas Award Winners:
The 2010 Optimas Award winners have earned distinction because of their ability to tackle challenges with flexibility and ingenuity. There are two overarching themes among the winners in this volatile global economy: how to do more with less and how to find, develop and retain talent.
Tata Consultancy Services
The General Excellence award is given to the organization whose workforce management initiatives have met the standards established for at least six of the other nine categories. Tata Consultancy Services won the award for its ability to recruit and train a huge number of employees and align its strategy with ever-changing business demands.
The Competitive Advantage award is given to the organization that has developed a program to help forge or maintain a winning edge over the competition. Infosys Technologies won the award for meeting a daunting recruitment goal—making 19,000 job offers in 19 weeks to students at top engineering schools in 19 states throughout India.
Ultimate Software Inc.
The Financial Impact award is given to the organization that has designed a program to produce changes that result in cost savings or increased revenue. Ultimate Software won the award for its internship program that helped it attract top talent, increase revenue and reduce turnover costs.
The Global Outlook award is given to the company that has created a program or strategy to help the organization succeed in the world marketplace. IBM Corp. won the award for its career development and learning initiative that reaches employees in most of the 170 countries where the company operates.
The Innovation award is given to the organization that has developed an innovative workforce management strategy that addresses a fundamental business issue. GameStop Inc. won the award for its original approach to teaching its workforce about the importance of selecting medical benefits.
The Managing Change award is given to the organization that has successfully developed a program in response to the changing business environment. OppenheimerFunds Inc. won for swiftly responding to the economic downturn, restoring customer confidence and increasing employee skills with a new corporate model.
Protective Life Corp.
The Partnership award is given to the company whose workforce management leadership has developed a program with another party, either within the organization or outside of it. Protective Life Corp. won the award for working with Virgin HealthMiles to create an engaging wellness strategy for Protective Life's employees.
The Service award is given to the organization whose workforce management leaders have created an initiative to help another constituency within the organization meet its business goals. The U.S. Navy won for an outreach program to mothers to help recruiters meet their enlistment goals.
The Vision award is given to the organization that has anticipated internal and/or external trends that will affect the organization and has responded proactively. Planned Cos. won the award for its commitment to career training in a high-turnover industry.
The Corporate Citizenship award is given to the organization whose corporate citizenship programs are linked to its employee recruiting, retention and engagement goals. Microsoft Corp. won the award for exposing senior leadership to other cultures and instilling a deeper commitment to corporate citizenship.
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