Since 1996, the Innovative Excellence Award has recognized programs and policies that raise the bar on the employee experience. From breastfeeding support to flexible work arrangements, past recipients are honored for their transformational workplace initiatives.
Recipients are recognized for creating a workplace that enriches work-life and improves 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 programs that look beyond 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:
- Government agencies
- Academic institutions
- Labor organizations
- Work-life service providers
- Collaborations between service providers or consultants and employers
- Nonprofits and community-based organizations
Only a few programs are selected each year due to both the highly selective screening process and an escalating level of competition. The association's definition of "innovation" includes ground-breaking, exceptional workforce practices. First priority is given to ideas that can be replicated beyond the organizations that invented them, encouraging global 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 WorldatWork event.
There is no fee to apply.
Be prepared to summarize your program/initiative, including:
- Rationale and vision
- Responsiveness to need
- Quality enhancement
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 InnovativeExcellence@worldatwork.org by June 30, 2015.Download Application Now