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Workforce Reveals Its 2016 Optimas Awards Winners

By Rick Bell

Nov. 21, 2016

Workforce has named the winners of its 26th annual Optimas Awards.

Released during a special edition of the video series “5 Minutes of Management,” hosts Frank Kalman and Rick Bell revealed the Gold and Silver winners in 10 categories, as well as the winner of the Optimas Award for General Excellence.

Since 1991, the Optimas Awards have been a source of ideas, direction and inspiration for human resources professionals. The Optimas Awards celebrate HR’s success at solving some of the biggest business challenges of our time. The awards are given by Workforce magazine to recognize human resources and workforce management initiatives that achieve outstanding business results for the organization.

The winners are:

General Excellence: AbbVie.

Benefits: Gold — Devon Energy Corp.; Silver — Retrofit.

Business Impact: Gold — Four Winds Interactive; Silver — Paycor.

Corporate Citizenship: Gold — AAA of Northern California, Nevada & Utah; Silver — Tata Consultancy Services.

Global Outlook: Gold — Dufry Management Ltd.; Silver — Schneider Electric.

Innovation: Gold — Intellect Design Arena; Silver — HCL Technologies.

Managing Change: Gold — Tata Consultancy Services; Silver — Ceridian.

Partnership: Gold — Dealertrack Inc.; Silver — ATD SF East Bay-UC Berkeley Academic Partnership.

Recruiting: Gold — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Silver — WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals.

Training: Gold — Siemens Healthineers; Silver — Life & Specialty Ventures.

Vision: Gold — Southern Utah University; Silver — Gensler.

For full stories on each winner, click here. To see the special edition of “5 Minutes of Management,” go here.

Rick Bell is Workforce’s editorial director. For comments or questions email

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