HR Administration

Workforce Magazine Announces 2014 Optimas Award Winners

By Staff Report

Dec. 8, 2014

For Immediate Release

WorkforceMagazine Announces 2014 Optimas Award Winners

Awards program recognizes transformational HR practices and strategies

Chicago, Dec. 8, 2014 — Workforce magazine has announced the winners of its 2014 Optimas Awards, which recognize human resources and workforce management initiatives that achieve tangible and measurable business results for the organization.

Now in its 23rd year, the Optimas Awards honor organizations using strategic human capital management to tackle critical business issues and transform the workplace. This year's list of winners represents a wide range of successful initiatives that redefine how enterprises adapt to new technologies, transfer knowledge across generations, support employee health and well-being, partner with communities to improve lives and ensure a diverse and innovative workforce.

"This year's crop of Optimas Award winners are both problem-solvers and visionaries," said Mike Prokopeak, vice president and editor in chief of Human Capital Media, which publishes the magazine. "As the economic pressures of the past few years continue to ease, new trends such as health care reform, a shifting benefits landscape and the war for talent are changing the way the world does business. These leading organizations are proactively implementing human resources initiatives that capitalize on emerging opportunities and position them to prosper now and in the future."

Each Optimas Award winner was singled out for implementing an effective solution in a specific category, with one company, Amtrak, being named the winner of the coveted General Excellence Award for excelling in several categories and making human resources a function that drives performance.

The following 2014 Optimas Awards winners are profiled in the December issue of Workforce magazine:

  • General Excellence
  • Benefits
    Gold: City of Kansas City, Missouri
    Silver: McKesson Corp.
  • Business Impact
    Gold: BorgWarner Inc. – Dixon, Illinois, Manufacturing Plant
    Silver: ConAgra Foods
  • Corporate Citizenship
    Gold: SRC Inc.
    Silver: InfoMart Inc.
  • Global Outlook
    Gold: SingTel
    Silver: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
  • Innovation
    Gold: Rehearsal VRP
    Silver: AIRINC
  • Managing Change
    Gold: University of Miami (Florida)
    Silver: Chesapeake Energy Corp.
  • Partnership
    Gold: Common Ground
    Silver: City of Peoria, Arizona
  • Recruiting
    Gold: General Motors Service Technical College
    Silver: Brad's Deals
  • Training
    Gold: G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.
    Silver: Allied Bank Limited
  • Vision
    Gold: Year Up
    Silver: University of California Riverside School of Medicine

For more information about the Optimas Awards, please visit

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Human Capital Media (HCM) is the largest integrated media company serving the human capital, management and workforce development industries. The company publishes Chief Learning Officer, Talent Management and Workforce magazines and conducts critical industry research through the Human Capital Media Advisory Group. HCM also operates one of the most widely referenced online industry resources,

HCM leverages its award-winning editorial content with innovative integrated media products, including targeted newsletters, webinars, interactive websites, special print and online supplements, resource guides, industry research and benchmarking, a vendor directory, as well as live and online conferences that bring together international audiences to network and discuss leading-edge strategy and best practices in the industry. HCM partners with recognized industry experts to provide thought-provoking feature articles, news, opinions and insights through its award-winning publications, events and e-media and give human capital professionals the business intelligence and knowledge they need to succeed in new and changing markets.

Our vision
Better workplaces, better lives.

Our mission
Through award-winning content, events, awards and research, we deliver valuable news, analysis, tools and solutions to make the most of human capital, as well as create a vibrant community where decision makers and solution providers connect to solve their greatest workplace challenges.

Taylar Ramsey 
Marketing Manager
Human Capital Media
312-676-9900 ext. 208

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