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Stevie Awards Announce Winners of 2016 Best of the IBA Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 10:16 AM

The Stevie® Awards have announced the winners of the Best of the IBA Awards in The 2016 (13th annual) International Business Awards, the world’s premier business awards competition.

Nominees in the 2016 IBAs were not able to apply for the Best of the IBA Awards directly. Winners were determined by a points system based on the total number of awards won in the IBAs with a Gold Stevie win counting for three points, a Silver Stevie for two points and a Bronze Stevie win for one-and-a-half points. 

IBA_logo-1-1.jpgThis year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners in The International Business Awards were announced on 10 August. The winners of the Best of the IBA Awards will be presented with Grand Stevie Award trophies at The 13th annual International Business Awards banquet at the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Rome, Italy on 21 October. 

Winners of the 2016 Grand Stevie Awards are:

Most Honored Organization: With 62 award points earned by Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie-winning entries submitted by DHL offices in 21 nations, Deutsche Post DHL is the winner of the Grand Stevie Award trophy for Most Honored Organization of the year. DP DHL is no stranger to Grand Stevie Award honors. The company won the same honor in last year’s IBAs and the 2015 Stevie Awards for Women in Business. They’ve also won the award for three consecutive years in the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.

Most Honored Public Relations Agency: With a total of 65 points earned by Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie-winning entries submitted by their agencies and offices in China, India, Japan and the USA, MSLGROUP is the winner of the Grand Stevie Award trophy for Most Honored Public Relations Agency of the year.

Most Honored Marketing Agency: With a total of 87.5 points earned by Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie-winning entries on behalf of clients such as Korean Air Lines, LG and the Seoul Foundation for Arts Culture, South Korean advertising agency HS Ad is the winner of the Grand Stevie Award trophy for Most Honored Marketing Agency of the year.

Most Honored Interactive Services Agency: With 26.5 points for Stevies won on behalf of clients including China Mobile Hong Kong, L’OCCITANE and NIVEA, Hong Kong-based PRIZM is the winner of the Grand Stevie Award trophy for Most Honored Interactive Services Agency of the year.

Top 10: These are the top Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winners among all other organizations honored in the 2016 IBAs. They’ll be presented with Grand Stevie Award trophies.

  1. LLORENTE & CUENCA—Madrid, Spain (50 points)
    2. CallidusCloud—Dublin, CA, USA (47)
    3. (two-way tie at 44 points)
    ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller—Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Cisco Systems—worldwide
    5. Telkom Indonesia—Jakarta (42)  
    6. ECE Türkiye—Istanbul, Turkey (39.5)
    7. Weber Shandwick—worldwide (38.5)
    8. Ooredoo—Doha, Qatar (37 points)
    9. Dubai Statistics Center—Dubai, United Arab Emirates (31)
    10. Freelancer.com—Sydney, Australia (29)

“These 14 organizations understand the value of seeking public recognition for the achievements of their executive teams and their employees, by nominating them for Stevie Awards in many different categories,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “The Best of the IBA Awards are intended to honor organizations that demonstrate a high level of achievement globally, in many different initiatives, and we look forward to celebrating these firms with Grand Stevie Award trophies at our gala event in Rome on 21 October.”

The International Business Awards feature a wide variety of categories to recognize achievement in every facet of work life, including management awards, new product awards, marketing awards, PR awards, customer service awards, website awards and more.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements in the 2016 IBAs were determined by the average scores of more than 200 professionals worldwide in the three-month judging process.

For more information about The International Business Awards, including a complete list of all Stevie Award winners in the 2016 competition, visit www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

Tags: International business awards, International Awards, best pr agency

Why Communication is Key to Korean Government

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 @ 01:19 PM

The Ministry of the Interior in Seoul, South Korea, won a Gold Stevie for Innovation in Community Relations or Public Service Communications in the Corporate Communications, Investor Relations and Public Relations Awards categories of the 2016 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. The Ministry also received the Grand Award for Communications/Public Relations.

The 2017 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards will open for entries in October.  Sign up to recieve the entry kit as soon as it's available.

Because of a low birth rate and rapidly aging population, social welfare requirements in South Korea have increased. This has put pressure on local finance, so in 2015, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) introduced Local Finance Reforms to help address these problems. As a result, the Ministry has significantly improved public service communications with local communities through such activities as locally oriented storytelling, customized field public relations, extensive communications through social media channels, and the production and distribution of visual products such as info-graphics.

Kroean_ministry_2-1.pngWe talked with Kim Sung-lyul, Vice Minster at the MOI, about the challenges his office was addressing; what winning the Gold and Grand Stevie Awards had meant to his department; and what the department was planning for the coming year.

Communication is Key

Kim told us that the main objective of the reforms carried out by the MOI since 2015 was to improve local fiscal operative soundness and transparency, which up until then had been the task of local governments. As he put it: “Communication was key, as the process involved different stakeholders such as local businesses and citizens.”

The MOI used various methods to communicate with different people. Kim explained: “A program called ‘Regional Storytelling (Not Text, But Story),’ was developed to cater to regional citizens, along with customized regional promotion campaigns; participatory activity produced by Social Media journalists composed of digitalized policy prosumers; Group Intelligence linking service of portals (Netizens ask and MOI answers); the production and distribution of visual-intuitive contents such as infographics—these were just a few other examples. Public relations were also conducted through the social media channels and other different news media of the MOI.”

The MOI efforts proved a success, Kim told us. “The program to publicize local fiscal reform gained good reviews after a thorough evaluation. And winning the Grand and Gold Stevie Awards shows that our diverse efforts to communicate with the citizens have now received recognition on a wider stage.”

Expanding our Network

Continued Kim: “It is a great honor that our program to publicize local fiscal reform has won an internationally renowned award. It has inspired the teams that contributed to promoting these programs despite difficult circumstances.  Our publicists are more confident and more focused on their work, and our administrators recognize more than ever the important role that communications play in actively motivating people.

“It was also immensely helpful to have learned about other excellent cases and individuals from different countries at the awards ceremony, and to expand our network of policy publicity within the Asia-Pacific region.

“We fully expect that our government-led reforms will be further encouraged as the program is recognized by the international community. We have successfully publicized our different policies, and while we acknowledge the fact that it is a rare thing, it is delightful to have been officially recognized from the outside.  I would also like to express my gratitude to the judging committee and officials of the Stevie Awards.”

Elevating Government Stature

Kim also sees the value of these awards to his government as a whole. “Effective communication and cooperation between central government and local government is crucial for local fiscal reform. The fact that our program for strategic publicity of this reform gained international recognition implies that the innovative administration of the Korean government has been recognized as well. This will play a pivotal role in elevating the stature of the Korean government and the MOI through publicity in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Government 3.0

Looking ahead, Kim told us that the MOI will continue its efforts to communicate with citizens using various practical approaches to allow easier understanding of its major policies.  “We are currently focusing on Government 3.0 tasks. Government 3.0 is based on Article 1 Clause 2 of the Constitution, which states: The sovereignty of the Republic of Korea resides with its citizens. Simply put, we are encouraging citizens to actively participate in evaluating the government’s policies, works and services.”

Kim explained: “The reason Government 3.0 holds such great importance is that unlike in earlier days when the government decided policies unilaterally, now it is co-governance between the government and the people. Also back then, corporations were only required to fulfill their social responsibilities, but now they’re expected to create shared values. It’s officially an ‘era of governance’ where cooperation between the government and the people is more than necessary. The border dividing the two entities is diminishing rapidly.

“A good example of Government 3.0 is the Citizen Policy Design Group, in which citizens proactively participate in the enforcement of government policies. Not only do citizens enjoy the services provided, but also they directly create ideas and services, which the government may adopt or purchase as needed. The society we are living in right now is one where everyone can be a professional and wisdom is valued over knowledge. We have introduced the concept of Do-It-Yourself to public services!”

Putting People First

Kim is enthusiastic about his career and the future: “If I had to live my life again I would still be a civil servant. I can think of no other occupation that is more rewarding. I take care and protect the lives, property, and security of the people. As a public official, I put people first. I can provide what people need and I can make the fallen stand once again.

Kim has a personal credo, which consists of three core values: Pride, Pleasure, and Fulfillment.

“People should have pride and respect for themselves. Being proud and respectful—not arrogant—will lead to success. And people should be proud of their work, organization, boss, and country as well.”

“Secondly, you should enjoy work. Don’t just do it for the sake of doing it, but do it differently from others. Pleasure comes when you see new things and do new things.”

“Last but not least, everything should come with a sense of fulfillment. Work can only be truly rewarding when you feel it in your heart, not just from getting a prizes or being promoted. You should be moved and impressed by your own work.”

About Kim Sung-lyul:

Vice Minister Kim Sung-lyul was born to serve. His father was a police officer, teacher, and a town official. Following in his father’s footsteps, Kim has been a devoted public servant for 30 years. He is immensely proud that his work protects the lives, security, and property of the people.  Kim is also a founding members of the Civil Service Commission, and is proud of his involvement in the establishment of the public officer system, including the senior executive service system, incentive salaries, executive agency system, political executive HR system, and more.

Early in his career, Kim spent two years on dispatch to the United Kingdom’s Home Office, and two-and-a-half years on dispatch to the headquarters of the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) in Paris, France, which provided him with a strong basis in domestic administration.

Before starting his career as a public servant, Kim studied public policies in the United States.

About the Korean Ministry of Interior:

The Korean Ministry of the Interior is one of the core departments of the Korean government, working to improve the wellbeing of citizens through innovation and local governance. Under the regime of Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea, the MOI is focused on creating jobs and establishing an efficient government by providing customized services through Government 3.0 under the maxims of openness, sharing, communication, and cooperation.

The MOI is devoting its full capacity to improving local government by fortifying and reforming local finance. Its top priority currently is to fulfill national endeavors to create an autonomous living style in which the people are happy; and to eliminate discomfort in daily life by reviving the local economy through on-the-spot regulatory reforms and innovation of local budgets.

The MOI also supports government operations including parliamentary activities and prizes, national archival management, running the government office, unified operation of governmental resources, and scientific investigations.

Tags: PR awards, communication awards, Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, non-profit awards, government awards

Stevie Awards for Great Employers Announce Finalists in 2016 Competition

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Finalists in the 2016 Stevie® Awards for Great Employers, an international competition, were announced today. The awards recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.    

SAGE_Logo_C_RKMedium.gifA diverse group of organizations and individuals around the world are among those recognized. The leader among finalists is the Dubai Statistics Center. The Emirati government organization is recognized in five categories, including Employer of the Year.  

Turk Telekom (Turkey) and Under Armour (USA) are finalists in four categories. Organizations with three finalists each include BMC Software (USA), Ceridian (USA), Karrikins Group Pty Ltd. (Australia), Kuzey Academy (Turkey), New American Funding (USA), Roth Staffing Companies (USA), RWE Group Business Services GmbH (Germany) and T-Mobile, worldwide.

For a full list of finalists by category, visit www.StevieAwards.com/HR.   

All finalists will ultimately be named Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award winners. The placements will be announced during a gala banquet on Friday, September 30 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Tickets are now on sale. The presentations will be broadcast live via Livestream.

More than 250 nominations from organizations around the world were evaluated in this year’s competition. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 50 professionals worldwide, acting as judges. The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize achievement in many facets of the workplace. Categories include:

  •     Employer of the Year
  •    HR Achievements
  •    HR Individual Awards
  •    HR Team Categories
  •    Solution Provider Awards
  •    More than 50 New Product & Service Categories

Stevie Award winners in the 34 Employer of the Year categories were determined by a unique blending of the ratings of professionals and the votes of the general public. More than 44,000 votes were cast by members of the public for their favorite employer.

The awards are presented by the Stevie Awards, which organizes several of the world’s leading business awards shows including the prestigious International Business Awards and American Business Awards.

Tags: hr awards, human resource awards, human resource award, great employers, best employers

Customer Service Department Awards Opportunities

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 02:23 PM

The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service recognize the achievements of contact center, customer service, business development and sales professionals worldwide. Entries for the 2017 competition are now being accepted.

October 19 is the early-bird entry deadline with discounted entry fees. The entry deadline is November 16, but late entries will be accepted through January 11 with payment of a late fee. Winners of the eleventh annual competition will be announced at a gala awards banquet on February 24 at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

Today we will highlight the Customer Service Department Awards categories.

SASCS_group_picz_2016.jpgIn addition to the possibility of receiving a peer-reviewed honor in these categories, all nominated customer service departments that are chosen as Finalists also will be included in voting for the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service.  Online voting will open to the public worldwide in mid-January and will continue through early February.  We will provide Finalists in these categories with tools to help you encourage your fans, followers and customers to vote for you.  The nominee with the most votes in each category will receive a special crystal People's Choice Stevie Award.

The customer service department categories recognize everyone who works formally in customer service in your organization, regardless of their role or location. 

Information required for entries in these categories include:
(a) An essay of up to 650 words describing your customer service department’s accomplishments since July 1, 2015.
(b) Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges. At the very least you should provide a link to the organization's website.

  1. Customer Service Department of the Year – Airlines, Distribution & Transportation
  2. Customer Service Department of the Year – Computer Hardware
  3.  Customer Service Department of the Year – Computer Software. This category is split into two separate categories:
       a. At Organizations With Up to 100 Employees
       b. At Organizations With 100 or More Employees
  4. Customer Service Department of the Year – Computer Service
  5. Customer Service Department of the Year – Financial Services. This category is split into two separate categories:
       a. At Organizations With Up to 100 Employees
       b. At Organizations With 100 or More Employees
  6. Customer Service Department of the Year – Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, and Related Industries
  7. Customer Service Department of the Year – Leisure & Tourism
  8. Customer Service Department of the Year – Public Services & Education
  9. Customer Service Department of the Year – Retail
  10. Customer Service Department of the Year – Telecommunications
  11. Customer Service Department of the Year – All Other Industries

Past winners of the Customer Service Department awards include…

Customer Service Department of the Year - Airlines, Distribution & Transportation 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Delta Air Lines, Inc., Atlanta, GA USA: Delta Air Lines' Sales Support

Customer Service Department of the Year - Computer Hardware 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Service Express, Grand Rapids, MI USA: SEI's Exceptional Customer Service Experience

Customer Service Department of the Year - Computer Services 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Datapipe, Jersey City, NJ USA 

Customer Service Department of the Year - Computer Software - Up to 100 Employees 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Druva Inc., Sunnyvale, CA USA

Customer Service Department of the Year - Computer Software - 100 or More Employees 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Jobvite, San Mateo, CA USA

...and more. See all 2016 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service winners here.

Tags: best customer service, customer service awards, customer service department of the year

13th Annual International Business Awards Announce Stevie Award Winners From Across the Globe

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

High-achieving organizations and executives around the world have been recognized as Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie® Award winners in The 13th Annual International Business Awards, the world's only international, all-encompassing business awards program.

Nicknamed the Stevies from the Greek word "crowned," the awards will be presented at a gala event on Friday, 21 October at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Rome, Italy. Tickets for the event are on sale now at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

StevieAwardTrophy-1.jpgGold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winners were selected from more than 3,800 nominations received from organizations and individuals in more than 60 nations. All organizations worldwide are eligible to compete in The International Business Awards, and can submit entries in a wide range of categories, including management awards, company of the year awards, marketing awards, public relations awards, customer service awards, human resources awards, new product awards, IT awards, web site awards, and more. 

More than 200 executives worldwide participated in the judging process this year to determine the Stevie winners.

The top Gold Stevie Award winner this year is HS Ad, the South Korean advertising agency, with 13 Gold Stevies in a variety of categories. MSLGROUP worldwide is next with eight Gold Stevie wins, while Dubai Statistics Center, Telkom Indonesia and Weber Shandwick worldwide follow with seven each.  Accenture (USA), DHL Express Worldwide, and Freelancer.com (Australia) are winners of six Gold Stevies. Cisco Systems (USA), Jeunesse Global (USA), and Say Communications (United Kingdom) won five; and ASDA'A Burson Marsteller (United Arab Emirates), CallidusCloud (USA), and Odea Bank A.S. (Turkey) each won four Gold Stevie Awards.

Winners of three Gold Stevie Awards include Insurance Information and Monitoring Center (SBM) (Turkey), KB Kookmin Bank (South Korea), LLORENTE & CUENCA (Spain), Ribose (Hong Kong), PRONET (Turkey), Qonsilus GmbH (Germany), and Vodafone (Turkey and the United Kingdom).

A complete list of all 2016 Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners by category is available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

“We received a record number of nominations in the IBAs this year, and the judges were awed by the inspiring stories of workplace success from all over the world,” said Stevie Awards founder and president Michael Gallagher.  “We look forward to honoring on stage the Stevie winners who join us in Rome on 21 October, and to sharing their stories with the world over the coming months through our website and social media channels."

During the week of 22 August the winners of the Best of the IBA Awards, five best-of-competition prizes, will be announced.  Winners will be determined by a tally of the total number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevies won by organizations, and will be presented with Grand Stevie Award trophies in Rome.

For high-resolution photos of the Stevie Award trophy or International Business Awards logo, visit http://stevieawards.com/iba/photos-and-logos. Other information and resources for press are available at http://stevieawards.com/iba/media-inquiries-news-service-list

Tags: International business awards, company awards, management awards, international business

Business Development Awards Opportunities in the 2017 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 @ 03:31 PM

The 11th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service recognize the achievements of contact center, customer service, business development and sales professionals worldwide. Entries for the 2017 competition are now being accepted.

October 19 is the early-bird entry deadline with discounted entry fees. The entry deadline is November 16, but late entries will be accepted through January 11 with payment of a late fee. Winners of the eleventh annual competition will be announced at a gala awards banquet on February 24 at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas.

iStock_000082016437_Large-2.jpgREVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

Today we will highlight the Business Development Categories. These categories recognize the achievements of individual business development professionals, and singular business development achievements in a variety of industries.

Information required for entries in these categories include:
(a) An essay of up to 650 words describing the nominated organization's accomplishments since July 1, 2015.
(b) Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges. At the very least you should provide a link to the organization's website.

  1. Business Development Executive of the Year
    Recognizing the achievements of business development executives since July 1, 2015. (Professionals at the VP level or higher.)
  2. Business Development Professional of the Year
    Recognizing the achievements of non-executive business development professionals since July 1, 2015. (Professionals at a Director level or lower.)
  3. Business Development Achievement of the Year - Financial Services Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - in any of the financial services industries since July 1, 2015.
  4. Business Development Achievement of the Year - Hospitality & Leisure Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - in any of the hospitality and leisure industries since July 1, 2015.
  5. Business Development Achievement of the Year - Media & Entertainment Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - in any of the media and entertainment industries since July 1, 2015.
  6. Business Development Achievement of the Year - Services Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - in any of the services industries (business or consumer) since July 1, 2015.
  7. Business Development Achievement of the Year - Technology Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - in any of the technology industries since July 1, 2015.
  8. Business Development Achievement of the Year - Transportation Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - in any of the transportation industries since July 1, 2015.
  9. Business Development Achievement of the Year - All Other Industries
    Recognizing singular business development achievements - agreements, deals, implementations, and/or performance results - since July 1, 2015 in any industry not addressed by categories 132 - 137.

Past Stevie Awards winners in the Business Development categories include:

Business Development Executive of the Year 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Thought Bubble, Brisbane, Australia: Nyree McKenzie, Managing Director and Principal Consultant

Business Development Professional of the Year 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Lennox Industries, Inc., Richardson, TX USA: Bill Carlson, Director of Retail National Accounts

Business Development Achievement of the Year - Technology Industries 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
B&L Information Systems, Bridgman, MI USA: B&L Information Systems Bus. Dev. Achievements

Business Development Achievement of the Year - All Other Industries 
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
EFG Companies, Irving, TX USA: Quality Service Leads to Quality Growth

Tags: customer service awards, sales awards, business development awards, biz del awards

Solution Provider Award Opportunities

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 03:55 PM

The Stevie® Awards is accepting entries for the first annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers, which will honor the world’s best companies to work for and the HR teams and professionals, HR achievements, new products and services, and suppliers that help to create and drive great workplaces.

The final entry deadline for the Stevie Awards for Great Employers has been extended to Wednesday, August 10.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

Today we will highlight the Solution Provider Categories—the categories that recognize the achievements of the providers of solutions that help to create and drive great places to work.

Human_Resources_puzzle-2.jpgThe information requirements for entries in these categories in the 2016 competition include:

a.  An essay of up to 625 words describing the nominated organization's achievement since the beginning of 2015.  Focus on achievements since that date.  Make reference, where appropriate, to supporting materials attached to your entry that support your claims.

b. Summarize in up to 10 bullet points (up to 150 words) the chief accomplishments of the nominated organization since the beginning of 2015.

c. Add to your entry up to 10 webpage links and up to 10 document uploads to support your case to the judges.  These might be press articles, press releases, videos, work samples, internal or external reviews, or employee feedback, for example. 

Solution Provider Awards Categories:

D01     Business Acumen & HR Strategy Solution Provider of the Year           
Recognizing the achievements of providers to the industry of solutions for diversity services, management consulting, outplacement, outsourcing, and relocation, among others.

D02     Employee Relations Solution Provider of the Year          
Recognizing the achievements of providers to the industry of solutions for arbitration/mediation/dispute resolution, awards and motivation, employee engagement, performance appraisal and management, and employee surveys, among others.

D03     Global HR Solution Provider of the Year 
Recognizing the achievements of providers to the industry of solutions for cultural awareness/cultural competence, global employment law, global outsourcing, and global relocation, among others.

D04     Health, Wellness and Safety Solution Provider of the Year        
Recognizing the achievements of providers to the industry of solutions for drug and alcohol treatment or testing, health promotion, recreation, safety, security, or wellness, among others.

D05     HR Technology Solution Provider of the Year     
Recognizing the achievements of providers to the industry of solutions for human resources-related systems, software or analytics.

D06     Leadership or Skills Development Solution Provider of the Year          
Recognizing the achievements of providers to the industry of solutions for assessment tools, certificate programs, distance learning, leadership development, or training materials, among others.

D07     Talent Acquisition & Retention Solution Provider of the Year  
Recognizing the achievements of providers to the industry of solutions for applicant assessment or tracking, background investigations, executive search, recruitment, recruitment advertising, or temporary staffing, among others.

D08     Total Rewards Solution Provider of the Year      
Recognizing the achievements of providers to the industry of solutions for child or dependent care, insurance, pensions/retirement benefits, and wage and salary administration, among others.

An international judging panel of nearly 100 executives will determine the Stevie Award winners. Finalists will be announced on August 17. Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced at a gala event in New York City on September 30.

Tags: hr awards, human resources awards, solution provider awards

The First Annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers Announce Judging Chairs

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 @ 12:31 PM

The Stevie® Awards have announced the three executives who will chair the specialized judging committees for the first annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers will honor the world’s best companies to work for and the HR achievements, teams and professionals and human resources-related products and suppliers that help to create and drive great workplaces.

Individuals and organizations worldwide—public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small—may submit nominations to the Stevie Awards for Great Employers. The final entry deadline has been extended through August 10.

Stevie Award winners in the 34 Employer of the Year categories will be determined by a unique blending of the ratings of professionals and the votes of the general public. Public voting is open now through August 10 at http://stevies-sage.secure-platform.com/a/gallery?roundId=1. 

Finalists will be announced on August 17. Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced at a gala event in New York City on September 30.

Here are this year's judging committee chairs.

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR/HR TEAM AWARDS JUDGING COMMITTEE:

Chair:
Brenda Gallick, Director of Team Member Success
Billhighway, Troy, Michigan, USA

SAGE_Chair_EMP_HRT.jpegBrenda is the Director of Team Member Success at Billhighway.  Her primary role is to innovate and nurture a team-oriented culture that aligns with the company’s Playbook (core values).  In addition to culture and engagement strategies, she is responsible for talent acquisition and development, as well as compensation, benefits programs, policies, and strategic performance objectives.

Founded in 1999, Billhighway provides automated dues and financial management solutions for chapter-based member organizations. Billhighway was named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ list (2013-2015), a National Best and Brightest Company to Work For® (2012-2015), Crain’s Coolest Place To Work (2011, 2012, 2014), and the Detroit Free Press Top 100 Workplace (2014). 

Prior to joining Billhighway in 2010, Brenda worked in human resources and benefits consulting at Great Lakes Strategies.  Her commitment to exceptional human resource practices has allowed her to create an award winning culture with both regional and national recognition. Brenda is SPHR certified and earned an MSA in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a BBA in Human Resources from Western Michigan University. 

HR ACHIEVEMENT/HR INDIVIDUAL AWARDS JUDGING COMMITTEE

Chair:
Dr. Christina Augustine, Director HR-Global Human Resources
VirtusaPolaris Corporation, Chennai, India

SAGE_Chair_HRA_HRI.jpegDr. Christina Augustine is a proficient Global HR leader with 18 years of experience in steering HR in diverse industries and capacities including IT, Telecom, FMCG, and Health Care. She is currently Director HR-Global Human Resources at VirtusaPolaris Corporation.

Christina was honored with a national award in India, the “Indira Super Achiever” in HR Excellence; and she and her company have also received international HR accolades in The International Business Awards, The American Business Awards, the Asia Best Employer Awards, Golden Peacock Awards®, and the UK Top Employers. She is the President of Women of Virtusa, a Diversity & Inclusion initiative.

Christina earned her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology, with expertise in leading Digital HR and OD domains, from the University of Madras. She is an experienced therapist and mentor specializing in counseling and psychotherapy, and has published several scientific papers. She is a Human Resources evangelist and international keynote speaker through TV Shows, social forums, print, and other media; and her TV show, “Enna Seivadhu?” is a good family treat. 

NEW PRODUCT & SERVICE/SOLUTION PROVIDERS AWARDS JUDGING COMMITTEE

Chair:
Dr. Heena Bulchandani, Specialist–Training and Development
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

SAGE_tiny_chair.jpgHeena Bulchandani joined DEWA as Specialist–Training & Development in 2008 and has contributed to improving the services of her department and division, thereby achieving enhanced customer satisfaction and maintaining a positive image of the department. On the learning and development front, Heena has contributed in many ways, including customizing several training and development programs to meet DEWA’s strategic requirements.

Outside her work for DEWA, Heena is a visiting professor at such reputable educational institutions as Murdoch University Dubai and the University of Dubai. She is also a regular speaker at HR conferences around the United Arab Emirates and has published several papers on HR-related topics. Heena has been an assessor in the Dubai Human Development Awards for the past 3 years. She has also been an Assessor with Emirates Women Awards and a judge for various Stevie Awards.

Before Joining DEWA, Heena was a Human Resources Consultant and trainer in Dubai for three years; and prior to that she was the Head of HR at Bhailal Amin General Hospital at Vadodara in India. She earned her Ph.D. at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, in 2006, where she also studied Economics, Psychology, and Social Work.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers Final Deadline Extended Through August 10

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

First Annual Awards Honoring World’s Best Workplaces Continues to Accept Nominations

The Stevie® Awards, organizer of the world’s premier business awards, announced today that the final entry deadline for its new Stevie Awards for Great Employers has been extended to Wednesday, August 10.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers will honor the world’s best companies to work for and the HR achievements, teams and professionals and human resources-related products and suppliers that help to create and drive great workplaces.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

SAGE_Logo_C_SmallRK-4.gif“We’ve received so many requests for individual deadline extensions that we’ve decided to extend the deadline for everyone,” said Stevie Awards president Michael Gallagher. The original final deadline was July 20. Gallagher also stated that there will be no additional late fees for entries submitted through August 10, and late entries will not be penalized in the judging process.

Individuals and organizations worldwide—public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small—may submit nominations to the Stevie Awards for Great Employers. The 2016 awards will honor achievements since the beginning of 2015. Entry details are available at www.StevieAwards.com/HR.

Stevie Award winners in the 34 Employer of the Year categories will be determined by a unique blending of the ratings of professionals and the votes of the general public. Public voting is open now through August 10 at http://stevies-sage.secure-platform.com/a/gallery?roundId=1. 

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers will recognize achievement in many facets of the workplace. Categories include:

  • Employer of the Year
  • HR Achievements
  • HR Individual Awards
  • HR Team Categories
  • Solution Provider Awards
  • More than 50 New Product & Service Categories

An international judging panel of nearly 100 executives will determine the Stevie Award winners. Finalists will be announced on August 17. Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced at a gala event in New York City on September 30.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com

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Double Your Awards Opportunities in the Company of the Year Categories

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 11:56 AM

The International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition, which attracts nominations from organizations in more than 60 nations and territories each year, is currently accepting entries through the extended entry deadline of Wednesday, July 13.

All individuals and organizations worldwide -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small -- may submit nominations to The International Business Awards.

Today we will highlight the Company/Organization Awards categories, recognizing the achievements of entire organizations. A bonus perk of entering the Company of the Year awards categories is also being included in the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies voting. 

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

German_Newsletter_May_2.jpgHow to Win Twice the Recognition for Your Organization

Every organization that is honored with a Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award in the following Company of the Year categories (categories B01 - B34) will automatically be included in voting for the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies.  Voting will be conducted by the general public worldwide in August - September, and the winners will be honored at the IBA awards banquet in Rome, Italy in October 2016.  When the results of the IBAs' peer-conducted judging are announced in August, honorees in the Company of the Year categories will receive instructions on how to promote People's Choice voting to their own customers and stakeholders.  Note that only nominees that receive at least 100 public votes are eligible to win a People's Choice Stevie Award.

Information to be submitted online for entries in these categories in the 2016 competition include

a. An essay of up to 650 words describing the nominated organization's achievements since 1 January 2015

b. In bullet-list form (up to 150 words), a brief summary of up to ten (10) of the nominated organization's chief achievements since 1 January 2015

c. Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges

Company of the Year 
May be for-profit or non-profit, public or private, large or small.  New for 2016, each of these industry categories now has three sub-categories:

  • Small (≤ 50 employees and turnover ≤ €10 m / $11 million)
  • Medium-size (≤ 250 employees and turnover ≤ €50 m / $55 million)
  • Large (> 250 employees and turnover > €50 m / $55 million)

B01.    Accounting
B02.    Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
B03.    Aerospace & Defense
B04.    Automotive & Transport Equipment
B05.    Banking
B06.    Business or Professional Services
B07.    Chemicals
B08.    Computer Hardware
B09.    Computer Software
B10.    Computer Services
B11.    Conglomerates
B12.    Consumer Products - Durables
B13.    Consumer Products - Non-Durables
B14.    Diversified Services
B15.    Electronics
B16.    Energy
B17.    Financial Services
B18.    Food & Beverage
B19.    Health Products & Services
B20.    Hospitality & Leisure
B21.    Insurance
B22.    Internet/New Media
B23.    Legal
B24.    Manufacturing
B25.    Materials & Construction
B26.    Media & Entertainment
B27.    Metals & Mining
B28.    Non-Profit or Government Organizations
B29.    Pharmaceuticals
B30.    Real Estate
B31.    Retail
B32.    Telecommunications
B33.    Transportation
B34.    Utilities

B35. Startup of the Year (for companies that began operations since 1 January 2014).  There are no entry fees for the Startup of the Year categories.
a. Business Product Industries
b. Business Service Industries
c. Consumer Product Industries
d. Consumer Service Industries

B36. Most Innovative Company of the Year (recognizing product and/or marketing, sales, manufacturing, management, etc. innovation in the past year)
a. in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
b. in Asia (China, Japan and Korea)
c. in Europe
d. in the Middle East and Africa
e. in Canada and the U.S.A.
f. In Mexico, Central and South America

B37. Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year (recognizing organizations' contributions to society)
a. in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
b. in Asia (China, Japan and Korea)
c. in Europe
d. in the Middle East and Africa
e. in Canada and the U.S.A.
f. In Mexico, Central and South America

B38. Fastest-Growing Company of the Year (recognizing outstanding revenue growth since the start of 2015 over 2014)
a. in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
b. in Asia (China, Japan and Korea)
c. in Europe
d. in the Middle East and Africa
e. in Canada and the U.S.A.
f. In Mexico, Central and South America

B39. Health, Safety & Environment Program of the Year  (recognizing organizations' successful implemention of policies to prevent workplace accidents and injuries, increase safety awareness, and meet the requirements of environmental and occupational health and safety laws and requirements)
a. in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
b. in Asia (China, Japan and Korea)
c. in Europe
d. in the Middle East and Africa
e. in Canada and the U.S.A.
f. In Mexico, Central and South America

B40. Energy Industry Innovation of the Year: This category recognizes singular innovations in energy-related technology, production, conservation, storage or delivery, by an organization or an individual anywhere in the world, since 1 January 2015. There is no entry fee for this category.

 

Past winners in the Company/Organization awards categories include:

Reading Room Pte Ltd, Singapore

Elixirr Partners LLP, London, United Kingdom

M-CAT Enterprises, LLC, Austin, TX USA

Geosoft, Toronto, ON Canada

Amira Nature Foods Ltd., Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hoteles City Express, Mexico City, Mexico

Today Newspaper, Seoul, South Korea

The National Archives, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Beraca Ingredientes Naturais S/A, São Paulo, Brazil

Monkey tie, Paris, France: Premier site de recrutement affinitaire

Coca-Cola Icecek, Istanbul, Turkey: 3.2.1 Move!

 

The winners of the 2015 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies are:

  •     Banking: Odeabank AS, Istanbul, Turkey
  •     Business / Professional Services: Freelancer.com, Sydney, Australia
  •     Computer Services: ScaleFocus, Sofia, Bulgaria
  •     Computer Software: RheinBrücke IT Consulting GmbH, Cologne, Germany
  •     Energy: Bahrain National Gas Company (B.S.C.), Manama
  •     Financial Services / Insurance: USHEALTH Advisors, Grapevine, TX, USA
  •     Health / Pharmaceuticals: OptumCare Operations, Phoenix, AZ, USA
  •     Hospitality & Leisure: Creative Lodging Solutions, Lexington, KY, USA
  •     Internet / New Media: Freelancer.com, Sydney, Australia
  •     Non –Profit / Government: The National Archives (UAE) – Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  •     Transportation: Road & Transport Authority – Rail Agency, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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