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Innovative Excellence Award

Are you a forward-thinking employer who has contributed to the benefit and well-being of your employees?

Has your organization created outstanding work-life initiatives or policies that enrich the lives of your employees and achieve business objectives?

Then consider applying for an Innovative Excellence Award.

WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress Innovative Excellence Award

Since 1996, the Work-Life Innovative Excellence Award has recognized organizations that raise the bar on work-life innovation. From breastfeeding support to flexible work arrangements, past recipients are honored for their transformational workplace initiatives.

Recipients are recognized for creating programs that enrich work-life and improve the employee experience. Public acknowledgement that accompanies this award helps bolster organizations' reputations as great places to work.


Recipients vary widely by sector and industry, but they share one universal characteristic: All are forward-thinking employers that look beyond their own cultural, demographic and institutional boundaries to continually create new ways to enrich the lives of employees while achieving organizational goals. Date of rollout or pilot must be at least one year from the date of your application. Past recipient organizations include:

  • Corporations
  • Government agencies
  • Academic institutions
  • Labor organizations
  • Work-life service providers
  • Consultants
  • Collaborations between service providers or consultants and employers
  • Nonprofits and community-based organizations


Only a few recipients are selected each year due to both the highly selective screening process and an escalating level of competition. The association's definition of "work-life innovation" includes ground-breaking, exceptional work-life practices. First priority is given to ideas that can be replicated beyond the organizations that invented them, encouraging global work-life innovation.


The Call for Applications is open March 17-June 30, 2015.


Recipients will be publicly announced during October 2015 National Work & Family Month and be honored at a future work-life event.

Application Process

There is no fee to apply.

Be prepared to summarize your program/initiative, including:

  • Rationale and vision
  • Responsiveness to need
  • Quality enhancement
  • Innovation
  • Effectiveness

Be prepared to submit:

  • A JPEG file of your company logo
  • Any supplemental materials (e.g., presentations, brochures, photos, testimonials) that support the program/initiative.

No handwritten applications are accepted. Completed application, company logo and any supplemental materials must be submitted to by June 30, 2015.

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