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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 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 

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

All deadlines end on Fridays at 11:59 pm PST.  

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CATEGORIES

 

  

Best Hybrid Work Environment

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

 

Top Recruiter

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

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

 

Best Mental Wellness Program

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

 

Best Physical Wellness Program

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

 

Best Mentorship Program

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

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

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

 

Best Virtual Work Environment

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

 

Best Coworking Culture

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

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

 

Best Manager

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

 

HR Leader of the Year

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

 

Best Onboarding Process

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

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

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Best Employer for Parents

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

 

Best Employer for Remote Employees

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

 

Most Committed to Work/Life Balance

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

 

Most Passionate Employees

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

 

Most Collaborative Culture

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

 

Most Innovative Culture

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

 

 

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PAST 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?

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 information in the 'Credits' section of your entry is listed publicly 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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