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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 beer in the office. The strongest cultures are built on values that run deep throughout the organization. The Worklife Awards, presented by Digiday, Glossy and Modern Retail recognize the top employers and the values that make them unique across media and marketing, fashion, beauty and retail. 

Planning to submit this year? Sign up below for reminders about deadlines. To access everything you'll need to join the ranks of our past winners including our entry kit, expert tips for crafting a winning entry and past coverage of this program, click here.

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KEY DATES 

Shortlist Announcement: Tuesday, October 19

 

Winner's Announcement: Thursday, December 9

 

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CATEGORIES

 

  

Most Innovative Culture

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

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Most Collaborative Culture

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

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Best Cultural Pivot to a Virtual Environment

Awarding the employer who has best maintained or altered their company culture for the better through a year apart.

 

Best co-working Space

Awarding the best co-working space for freelance and remote workers, either as created by the employer or independently.

 

Most Passionate Employees

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

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Most Engaged Employees

Awarding the employer whose employees show the most commitment, dedication and enthusiasm about their individual work.

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Most Committed to Work-Life Balance

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

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Best Employer for Remote Employees

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

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Best Employer For Parents

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

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Best Workplace for young careers

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

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Most Dedicated to Employee Growth

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

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Most Committed to Employee Appreciation

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

 

Most Dedicated to Employee Wellness

Awarding the employer who has shown the strongest commitment to the health and wellness of their employees, both physically and mentally.

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Most Committed to Diversity and Inclusion

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

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Most Committed to the Community/Social Good

Awarding the employer who has shown the greatest level of commitment to contributing social good and giving back to their community through extracurricular programs and partnerships.

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Best On-Boarding Process

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

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Top Boss

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

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  • Zach Morrison, CEO, Tinuiti

 

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Employer of the Year 

Awarding the employer that has cumulatively shown a high level of commitment to innovative culture, social good, commitment to employee growth, work/life integration and diversity.

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JUDGES

 
 

Sara Anhorn

CHIEF TALENT OFFICER

CRITICAL MASS

 

Chris Clermont

HEAD OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

VOX MEDIA

 

Kirsty Devine

GLOBAL HR LEAD, US

FINANCIAL TIMES

 

Ci Ci Holloway

CHIEF PEOPLE AND DIVERSITY OFFICER

INTERSECTION CO.

 

Marissa Martinelli

RECRUITING LEAD

WAWA

 

Beverly Morgan

SENIOR VP, GLOBAL HR

BENEFIT COSMETICS

 

Heidi Pancake

SENIOR DIRECTOR, PEOPLE BUSINESS PARTNER

UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP

 

David Santos

VP, TALENT ACQUISITION

HEARST

 

Rachel Shapiro

DIRECTOR OF TALENT ACQUISITION

FORBES

 

Claire Telling

CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

HAVAS

 

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PAST WINNERS

 

 

 

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HOW TO ENTER

 

 

1

SELECT

 

Choose category or categories you'd like to enter.

 

2

RESPOND

 

Prepare responses to entry prompts.

 

3

UPLOAD

 

Upload supporting materials that strengthen your entry.

 

4

SUBMIT

 

Submit your entry fee payment online.

 

 

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 and Results. 

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. These scores will be combined to give an overall score for each entry. All scores will then be averaged and the highest scoring entries will appear on the shortlist. Note: At least three judges will score each entry.

CONFIDENTIALITY

All material will remain confidential to the judges. Only the 'Credits' section of an entry will be made public via the shortlist. If you win a particular category, our team may summarize the entry for posts on Digiday.com. Specific results are never shared. 

 

FAQ

 

 

What is the eligibility period?

The eligibility period for all Digiday Media Awards programs begins 12 months prior to the Early Deadline and ends on the Early Deadline. 

Can I submit from outside the U.S.? 

Yes, the Worklife Awards are open globally. 

Can I submit the same campaign or entry in multiple categories?

Yes. Entry fees are per category.

Can I edit my submission after the deadline?

No. Your submission must be completed in its entirety by the deadline date. There will be no re-accessing submissions after payment. 

What parts of my entry are made public?

The only information that is ever publicized is the 'Credits' section of your entry, should you be named a finalist or winner. 

Who's contact information should we include on the entry form?

We use the included contact information for all updates regarding your entry. You should also include a secondary contact & email address in case we aren't able to connect with you.

What if my company or a competitor has a judge on the jury panel?

We recuse judges from scoring any categories their company or a direct competitor submits to. 

How are finalists announced?

The shortlist will be announced on Digiday.com. All entrants will be notified, whether you are named a finalist or not, via the email address you included on your entry. 

When are winners announced?

All winners are announced virtually. The exact date will be announced with the shortlist. 

Can I license the use of the Worklife Awards logo?

Yes. Our licensing program provides you with the opportunity to further the reach of your win through the use of our seal on your website, via social media, email signatures and more. For more information on the options available, please reach out to our team at awards@digiday.com.

 

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