The Stevie Awards Blog

Winners Announced in 2020 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 @ 09:49 AM

4Life Transfer Factor Collagen received the most votes in the 2020 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products, a feature of The American Business Awards®, the U.S.A.’s top business awards program, which are now in their 18th year.

The worldwide public vote was conducted last month, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in a variety of product categories. More than 87,000 votes were cast.  To win, a category’s leading vote-getter had to have received at least 100 votes. 4Life Transfer Factor Collagen collected more than 19,000 votes.

The crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards will be mailed to Stevie Winners before they are honored at the virtual awards ceremony on August 5. There, the winners of peer-adjudicated Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards will also be honored for their awards.

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All new products and services nominated in the new product awards categories of this year’s American Business Awards were eligible to be included in voting for the people’s choice awards.

The winners of the 2020 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products are:

-Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Solution: Retention Intelligence
-API Management Solutions: Ambassador Edge Stack
-Business-to-Business Service: Credit Logix
-Big Data Solution: Tavant Manufacturing Analytics Platform
-Biz/Competitive Intelligence Solutions: Datamatics TruCap+
-Business Technology – Other: Ericom Shield
-Cloud Infrastructure: Wind River Cloud Platform
-Cloud Platforms: iboss cloud
-Cloud Storage / Backup: Quest Software's QoreStor 6.0
-Collaboration/Social Networking Solution: Passageways' OnSemble Employee Intranet
-Consumer Electronics: The SpotOn Virtual Smart Fence
-Consumer Products – Durables: Delta® Glass Rinser
-Consumer Products – Other: 4Life Skincare & Age-Defiance
-Content Management Solution: Laserfiche Vault
-Content Solution: Humana's CMS EOB statement merge
-Corporate Learning/Workforce Development Solution: Articulate 360
-Digital Process Automation Solution: Creatio
-Education Solution: Emotional ABCs Classroom
-Endpoint Security Management Solution: Ericom Shield
-Financial Management Solutions: CCH Tagetik Analytic Information Hub
-Financial Service: Bitvore Cellenus
-Financial Solutions: Bank of America Mobile Banking App
-Governance/Risk/Compliance Solutions: Passageways' OnBoard Governance Platform
-Hardware – Computer: OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dock
-Hardware – Storage: OWC ThunderBay 4 mini, Thunderbolt 3
-Healthcare Technology Solution: MedTrainer's Improved Compliance Platform
-Healthcare/Pharma: Butterfly Network's Portable Ultrasound Device
-Identity & Access Security Solutions: Sontiq Small Business Suite
-Industrial Products & Services: Newberry's New Slim Line 280 and 500 gallon Steel Tanks
-Insurance Solution: John Hancock EDGE
-Migration as a Service: DCAC Migration Solution
-Network Security Solutions: iboss cloud Network Security
-Payments Solutions: Century Business Solutions'  EBizCharge
-Relationship Management Solutions: RE/MAX, LLC’s booj Platform
-Telecommunications: Nextivity's Cel-Fi QUATRA 4000

Topics: American business awards, people's choice awards

Reshaping the U.S. Health Care System

Posted by Hailey Roos on Wed, Jul 15, 2020 @ 12:15 PM

  • BioIQ is reshaping how payers, employers, and consumers navigate the U.S. health care system
  • The company provides individuals with a comprehensive view of their health journey
  • Populations previously overlooked, underserved, or disadvantaged by the health care system are BioIQ’s focus

About BioIQ

BioIQ is a health care engagement and quality care gap closure company that is redefining the way payers, employers, and consumers navigate and connect with the U.S. health care system. BioIQ leverages consumer analytics, real-time omni-channel engagement strategies, and an extensive ecosystem of health care partners to provide a comprehensive view of individuals throughout their health journey.

BioIQ provides payors and employers with tools that simplify health testing programs. The company also helps organizations understand population health risks and motivates people to prevent and monitor costly, chronic conditions. Care is more easily accessible with BioIQ’s seamless connection between people and testing. 

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Recent Accolades

In the past year, BioIQ reached a major milestone on their journey to positively impact 100 million patient lives by conducting their one millionth colorectal cancer (CRC) screening - CRC being the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. BioIQ reached this milestone, often helping unengaged or disadvantaged populations, by facilitating care using consumer analytics, omni-channel engagement, and a curated network of partner solutions. This combination of capabilities are being leveraged to produce similar results across myriad other major health conditions. This milestone shows the importance of offering convenient access to care, meeting consumers where they live, and communicating via their preferred method. BioIQ also introduced several new retail service offerings, including vision, immunizations, and point-of-care screening through our collaboration with Walmart. 

With a new website, BioIQ rebranded and relaunched to better reflect the 18 million+ people the company serves. The new site combines images of positive, active individuals as part of a streamlined and modern appeal that evokes the ease and simplicity BioIQ brings to navigating health care.

BioIQ’s COVID-19 Response

BioIQ has added COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing to the company's lineup of health screening solutions. They are working with employers and health plans to get vital testing resources to those who are most in need, including health care workers, essential workforces, and vulnerable patient populations. The company is actively working with employers on a thoughtful return-to-work strategy inclusive of on-site provider access for testing as well as legal recommendations.

BioIQ won the Bronze Stevie for Company of the Year: Computer Software - Medium in The 2020 American Business Awards®.

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Topics: American business awards, computer software awards, health care

Winners in 2020 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards Announced

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 @ 10:17 AM

Winners to Be Celebrated During Virtual Event on 22 September


Winners in the seventh annual Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards, the only awards program to recognize innovation in business throughout the entire Asia-Pacific region, were announced today. The list of Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners is available at http://Asia.StevieAwards.com.

The Stevie Awards are widely considered to be the world's premier business awards, conferring recognition for achievement in the workplace over the past 18 years in programs such as The International Business Awards® and The American Business Awards®. The name Stevie is derived from the Greek word for “crowned.”

The 2020 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards have recognized organizations in 20 nations including Australia, China including Hong Kong and Macao, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam. More than 1,000 nominations about innovative achievements in the 29-nation APAC region were considered by the judges this year in categories such as Award for Excellence in Innovation in Products & Services, Award for Innovative Management, and Award for Innovation in Corporate Websites, among many others. 

Among the top overall winners are Songpa-gu Office (South Korea) with four Gold and one Silver Stevie Awards and VNPT VinaPhone (Vietnam) with three Gold, three Silver and nine Bronze Stevie wins.

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Winners of two or more Gold Stevie Awards include Accenture, Inc. (Philippines), Airport Railroad (South Korea), Cathay United Bank (Taiwan), Dell Technologies Ltd. (India), D.TRIBE (South Korea), FPT Software (Vietnam), IPG Box (South Korea), Jeju Province Development Co. (South Korea), Jungnang-gu Office (South Korea), Korea Environment Corporation (South Korea), KT KBN (South Korea), Macarthur Makeovers (Australia), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea (South Korea), OCBC NISP (Indonesia), Ooredoo Maldives (Maldives), PT. PETROKIMIA GRESIK (Indonesia), Seocho-gu Office (South Korea), and ZEEP Medical (Australia). 

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 100 executives around the world acting as judges in May and June.

“We are delighted that the seventh edition of the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards attracted so many impressive nominations,” said Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher. “This year’s winning nominations are testament to the resiliency and innovation of organizations in the region, many of which continue to succeed despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we are disappointed that we cannot stage the in-person awards banquet we had planned for Hanoi, Vietnam this year, we look forward to celebrating many of this year’s winners during our virtual awards ceremony on 22 September.”

Details about the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and the 22 September awards ceremony, and the list of Stevie Award winners, are available at http://Asia.Stevieawards.com.

Sponsors and partners of the 2020 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards include adobo magazine and PR Newswire Asia.

Details about the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and the 22 September awards ceremony, and the list of Stevie Award winners, are available at:

http://Asia.Stevieawards.com

 

Topics: Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

The Stevie® Awards for Great Employers Final Entry Deadline is July 22

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Jul 09, 2020 @ 05:32 PM

The Stevie® Awards for Great Employers final entry deadline for the fifth annual competition is Wednesday, July 22.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers honors 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.

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Stevie Awards President Maggie Gallagher emphasizes that no additional late fees will be charged for entries submitted through July 22, and late entries will not be penalized in the judging process.

All 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 2020 awards will honor achievements since the beginning of 2019. Entry details are available at www.StevieAwards.com/HR.

There are many new categories in 2020 for HR achievements including Achievement in Accessibility, Achievement in Leadership Development, Best Employee Value Proposition (EVP), Best Team Development Program, Best Use of Mobile Learning, and Most Innovative Learning and Development Program. Of the 16 HR Individual categories, 14 do not require an entry fee.

Several COVID-19 Response categories were recently added to the competition to recognize the positive ways that employers and HR professionals have responded to the pandemic. These categories have no entry fee.

Winners in the 31 industry-specific Employer of the Year categories will be determined by a unique blend of public votes and professional ratings. Public voting will take place from July 23–August 10.

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 more than 70 executives will determine the Stevie Award winners. Finalists will be announced on August 13. Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be revealed and presented their awards at a virtual gala event this Fall.

Topics: Stevie Awards for Great Employers

Third Annual Women|Future Conference Goes Virtual

Posted by Nina Moore on Wed, Jul 08, 2020 @ 11:26 AM

The third annual Women|Future Conference has announced that the conference, originally planned November 12-13 in Las Vegas, will now be presented virtually for the safety of attendees during COVID-19. Though the world is different today than it was this time last year, there is no time to waste when it comes to the advancement of women professionally and personally.

This two-day conference presented by the Stevie Awards encourages engaging connections, professional and personal development, and health and financial wellness through motivational keynotes, educational sessions, and networking. With panel discussions, plenty of networking opportunities, case studies from Stevie® Award winners, and a showcase of young women-owned businesses, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

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The 2020 Women|Future Conference agenda has just been announced. Join us this November 12-13 to Cultivate Your Tomorrow and be inspired by over 100 talented, transformative women speakers from across the globe who will be leading 32 sessions, panels, and workshops. This exciting conference addresses the latest innovations and impending changes in areas such as technology, sustainability, career planning, diversity in the workplace, leadership, crisis management, and so much more.Stevie Awards President Maggie Gallagher added,

“We started this conference three years ago to compliment the Stevie Awards for Women in Business program, and now it has evolved to serve women on a larger scale. The conference will address topics beyond the future of work for women; it focuses on today's trending topics and current issues from the female perspective, hosted by speakers from various industries and backgrounds, from corporate to small business owners, to entrepreneurs.”

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Stay tuned for updates about the conference as it comes together, including the announcement of our keynote speaker later this summer.

Conference Topics Include:

  • Business Chemistry! Using Science to Improve the Art of Relationships Workshop by Deloitte
  • Overcoming Personal Adversity
  • Conquer Crisis. Train Like a Triathlete. Body + Mind + Business
  • Balancing Motherhood + Business: for "Mompreneurs" and Working Moms
  • Financial Wellness: Your Relationship with Money
  • Diversity & Inclusion: The Importance in Your Workplace
  • Pushing Your Envelope: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome Once and For All
  • Women Driving the Future of Tech: How AI, VR, and Robotics Will Be the Norm
  • Create Joy in Your Career on Your Own Terms
      ...and many more.

View the Women|Future Conference Agenda

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Now that we’ve gone virtual, there’s a new lower cost with incredible value - just $199! The virtual platform replicates the beloved in-person networking, workshops, and panels. Register for the conference now to reserve your spot.

What’s New for the 2020 Conference?

  • Showcase of young women-owned businesses
  • Business pitch competition
  • One on one networking: the virtual conference platform has AI matchmaking capabilities to match you with different attendees, sponsors, sessions, and workshops based on your commonalities
  • Women|Future Conference Exclusive Webinar Series leading up to the conference

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About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East 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 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevie’s recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

 

Topics: stevie awards for women in business, women awards, Awards for Women, the stevie awards for women in business, Women Future Conference 2020, WomenFuture Conference

Fresh Look and Feel for 15-Year-Old Staffing Agency

Posted by Hailey Roos on Tue, Jul 07, 2020 @ 10:31 PM

  • After 15 years in the staffing industry, Anserteam Workforce Alliance relaunched and rebranded this past year
  • Anserteam sets itself apart with a refreshed new look, logo, tagline, website, social media, and color palette 
  • Tips on how to rebrand during COVID-19
  • With access to over 2,500 locations across the United States and Canada, Anserteam is one of the fastest-growing staffing firms

About Anserteam Workforce Alliance

Anserteam Workforce Alliance represents North America’s best staffing agencies aligned together to deliver world-class workforce management solutions. They provide exceptional levels of expertise at locations throughout North America by offering end-to-end talent services that can be customized for any size business.

Anserteam was established in 2004 by a group of staffing entrepreneurs who discovered a gap in staffing service offerings. Their boutique staffing agencies provided a superior level of service and expertise at a local level, but they had a hard time competing with larger firms when it came to clients with multiple locations. 

They joined together in an alliance, each taking ownership of their respective markets. They also developed cloud-based technology so they could service clients seamlessly and efficiently on an international scale and recruited more members to join in along the way. Today, the Anserteam Workforce Alliance provides clients with access to over 2,500 staffing firm locations in the United States and Canada and backs them with technology, strategic analytics, and operational support. 

After 15 years and explosive growth in the contingent workforce management industry, Anserteam wanted to launch into 2020 with an updated look and feel.

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Rebranding Strategy

Before, Anserteam was consistently branded as Anserteam Workforce Solutions. In the 2020 rebrand, they replaced “Solutions” with “Alliance” to better differentiate their brand by nodding to their roots. Anserteam started as an alliance, and they continue to carry that spirit of partnership to this day. Their slogan, “The Team Behind Great Teams”, shows the everlasting support and commitment to their partners. 

All the new branding elements came to life in an updated website with simplified navigation, targeted calls to action, SEO optimizations, and some new interactive features. One new feature is the Virtual Consultation, which allows potential clients to fill in key details of their contingent labor programs, and uses a formula to determine which of Anserteam’s solutions would best fit their needs. It provides a great conversation starter for sales calls and has proven to be a valuable tool early in the marketing conversion funnel. 

Overall, the new logo, tagline, and color palette all work together to reflect the teamwork, collaboration, and diversity that makes Anserteam great partners for staffing suppliers and clients. The website, blog program, and social media initiatives have provided a vastly improved user experience to bring in new client leads, and Anserteam is ready to expand its marketing initiatives in 2020 and beyond. 

Rebranding During COVID-19

Anserteam's rebranding initiative launched in March 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting North America. Anserteam mobilized to keep their clients in the essential manufacturing sector staffed and their employees safe. With increasing uncertainty upending the staffing sector, the flexibility of Anserteam's alliance allowed them to adapt quickly to their clients’ changing needs. Remote teams have remained intact and fully operational throughout the initial wave, and Anserteam is now focused on helping businesses reopen safely where it is possible. Service offerings have expanded to include on-site medical professionals for employee temperature checks, employee symptom tracking, social distancing enforcement, and increased disinfecting and janitorial services. Anserteam Workforce Alliance is committed to getting great teams back to work as safely and efficiently as possible.

Anserteam Workforce Alliance won the Bronze Stevie for Re-Branding / Brand Renovation of the Year in The 2020 American Business Awards®. 

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Topics: American business awards, branding

Five-Star Rating for Top-Tier Customer Service

Posted by Hailey Roos on Sun, Jul 05, 2020 @ 10:15 PM

  • At PayJunction, ethical payment processing means disrupting the industry with honest billing practices and green technologies that help customers save money
  • All-in-one payment processing helps improve customer satisfaction
  • New feature: ZeroTouch terminal helps reduce the spread of the viral COVID outbreak

About PayJunction

Stevie-winner PayJunction is a payment processing solution that prides itself in unparalleled customer service. Their transparent, ethical billing practices and green technologies help customers save money and merchants sell more efficiently. 

In 2019, the PayJunction Customer Support team was able to maintain its high-quality level of service while continuing to scale operations to better serve their growing number of customers. PayJunction’s customer satisfaction score has been solidly in the 98% range for the previous two years and always above 95% in the previous four years. Because of PayJunction’s incredible customer service efforts, the department has been honored with numerous awards in recent years for going above and beyond customers’ expectations.

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Recent Accolades

  • More than 45,000 solved tickets in 2019
  • 98.1% satisfaction score
  • 1.3 hours average response time
  • Over 1,000 positive responses from customers
  • A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau
  • 5 years in a row with zero complaints
  • A rating on Card Payment Options
  • 5-star reviews on Merchant Maverick, Capterra, and Trustpilot

PayJunction’s COVID-19 Response

PayJunction Support has been working diligently since the COVID-19 outbreak hit. They have faced unprecedented challenges and risen to the occasion each time. Most notably, they've continued to offer top-tier support in launching a new ZeroTouch terminal amidst the outbreak and have expertly guided their clients on how to operate the new terminal remotely. With all the uncertainty, PayJunction has continued to serve customers with patience, kindness, and knowledge.

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PayJunction won the Silver Stevie Award for Customer Service Department of the Year in The 2020 American Business Awards®.

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Topics: American business awards, top customer service

Carpooling Service Helps Save the Planet

Posted by Hailey Roos on Wed, Jul 01, 2020 @ 08:35 PM

  • Scoop, a carpooling service, has prevented the release of more than 62 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by providing over 9 million trips to people across the United States
  • Scoop is available in over 2,000 major cities including the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Los Angeles, Reno, Portland, and Detroit
  • This carpooling service is the most sustainable in the industry—Scoop targets large employers, office parks, and government agencies to carpool efficiently, and the algorithm matches riders and drivers going in the same direction

About Scoop

Scoop is the largest carpooling solution in the country by creating more than 9 million trips on the road in major cities across the United States. Scoop partners with the world’s most forward-thinking businesses and organizations to offer an impactful carpool solution to their workforce.

Since launching in 2015, Scoop has become the definitive enterprise carpooling solution for employers. They have partnered with more than 55 innovative companies including LinkedIn, Workday, and T-Mobile to mitigate the impact of the daily commute on their workforces. Scoop operates in more than 2,000 cities across the country, with plans to expand to other major metro areas impacted by congestion caused by single occupant vehicle trips (SOVs). 

With over 9 million carpool trips to date, Scoop takes a unique approach with each city to build an extensive enterprise carpooling network that is cohesive with the city’s laws and workforce dynamics. 

Scoop does not focus  on individual riders and drivers, which has proven ineffective for making carpooling a viable commuting option. Instead, the company targets large employers, office parks, and government agencies to carpool efficiently and to offer carpooling as a workplace benefit. To match coworkers or neighbors going in the same direction, Scoop uses an algorithm based on prior trip feedback from drivers and riders, prescheduled pick-up times, and city-wide traffic patterns. Riders and drivers split the cost of the commute, and to incentivize carpooling, some employers are partially subsidizing the costs of the ride.

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Using Data to Bring Awareness to the Impacts of Commuting

To expand education and awareness on the true environmental, social, and professional impact of commuting, Scoop surveyed over 7,000 workers in 16 metropolitan areas via the 2019 State of the American Commute. The study’s goal was to learn how the commute is decreasing productivity, adding costs, and extending the workday of Americans. The report found that 74% of Americans drive alone to work each day, resulting in more than 50 billion solo trips each year. To combat the negative impact of single-occupancy vehicle trips, Scoop has put more than 9 million carpool trips on the road to date, preventing the release of more than 62 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. 

Scoop’s COVID-19 Response

As a safe, reliable, and equitable carpooling solution, Scoop is working with employers across the nation to help organizations prepare their return-to-workplace plans. A return-to-workplace plan is only as safe as your people's commute to the workplace. In this new landscape where 90% of Americans are avoiding public transit and only 1/3 of Americans have reliable access to a personal vehicle, Scoop is helping employers create a safe commute solution for their people.

Recent Accolades 

  • Scoop was named to the list of Best Workplaces by Inc. magazine and the San Francisco Business Times 
  • Scoop won 2020 Comparably Award categories for Best Company Culture, Best CEO, Best Company for Women, and Best Company for Diversity
  • The World Economic Forum’s Mobility Challenge Awards recognized Scoop for its carpool partnership with LinkedIn. Chosen as one of the 18 case studies worldwide used as exemplary sustainable corporate mobility programs, a critical element to the success of LinkedIn’s deployment of the Scoop carpooling service was Scoop’s dedicated efforts to  educate LinkedIn employees on the social and environmental values of carpooling.

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Scoop won the Silver Stevie Award for Company of the Year - Transportation in The 2020 American Business Awards®.

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Topics: American business awards, carpooling, transportation awards, climate

Final Entry Deadline Approaching in The 17th International Business Awards®

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 09:27 PM

The final entry deadline for the 2020 (17th annual) edition of The International Business Awards® is Tuesday, July 28.

The International Business Awards are widely considered to be the world's premier business awards competition.  In 2019 the competition attracted more than 4,000 nominations from organizations in more than 70 nations.

All individuals and organizations worldwide—public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small—may submit nominations to The International Business Awards. The final entry deadline this year is Tuesday, July 28. Entry details are available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

Juries featuring more than 150 executives will determine the Stevie Award winners. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced on September 9. Stevie Award winners will be honored at a virtual awards ceremony this year.

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New this year are a variety of COVID-19 response awards categories that do not have entry fees. These aim to honor heroes of every industry including medical, education, food delivery, media, public service, business response, and more.

The International Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Categories include:

The IBAs feature more than 40 categories that do not require the payment of entry fees, including all 35 of the Company/Organization of the Year categories, and that there are many new and revised features of the IBAs for 2020, including:

  • Nine new categories to recognize singular business achievements in areas such as business turnaround, finance, revenue generation, and science and technology, among others.
  • The simplification of submission requirements in the Company/Organization, Corporate Communications & Public Relations, Marketing, and New Product & Product Management category groups.

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How to Keep Up With Changing Retirement Needs

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Sun, Jun 28, 2020 @ 09:56 PM

With the ongoing economic impacts of the Great Recession, astronomical student debt, COVID-19, rising housing costs, and myriad other financial factors, retirement looks a lot different today than it used to. Gone are the days of finding a job, staying with the company for 40 years, and retiring with a handshake and a gold watch. Pensions and 401(k)s are increasingly hard to come by. Plus, with often insurmountably expensive real estate costs, fewer people are entering the realty market. As a result, many people don’t have valuable homes to supplement their retirement nest eggs.

Given these kinds of factors, it’s little surprise that the concept of “retirement” has shifted. In this landscape, one thing is clear: If financial services groups want to continue to stay relevant, they will need to change their approaches, advice, and outlook to match what financial wellness means to millennials and members of Generation Z.

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Rethinking Retirement Age

In a 2018 study by Bankrate.com, millennials responded that they think 61 is the ideal age to retire. Despite this aspiration of early retirement, however, approximately two-thirds of millennials have nothing saved for retirement.

Because of increased debt and decreased financial opportunities, more people than ever are being forced to reevaluate what’s realistic when it comes to retirement. For many, this means bumping out that expected age of retirement. Some don’t even expect to retire at all, instead considering part-time jobs, second careers, or other money-making opportunities as they get into the later years of their lives.

Increased longevity further complicates the issue. Across the globe, people are living longer than ever, which seriously skews issues related to realistic retirement age, health insurance, and life insurance.

Rethinking Financial Wellness

Companies that provide financial planning and other money-management services are often viewed as symbolic of a bygone era. After all, someone who has nothing saved for retirement, doesn’t own a home, and is working on paying down $50,000 in student debt can feel as if these companies aren’t relevant to their financial realities.

That doesn’t need to be the case, though. These companies can still help younger clientele reach their financial goals; they just have to shift how they think about accomplishing this endeavor. John Hancock, which is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, is one such company successfully refining its approach. 

“At John Hancock, we know it’s time to look beyond outdated concepts like ‘net assets’ and to build financial solutions that fit into customers’ whole lives—with easily accessible products that reflect their values, their approach to wellness, and their holistic well-being,” says Meghan Fackler, a thought leadership manager at John Hancock. “That’s why we’re redefining retirement, insurance, and investing for the modern generation of consumers to address both their health and wealth.”

To connect with this modern generation of consumers, one key is reframing the idea of financial wellness as the most important kind of wellness. Financial service providers are finding that the younger generation prizes a more holistic approach to well-being, and providing advice that resonates means tailoring to that mind-set.

Twine is an app that provides financial advice and automated money management to empower users to manage multiple savings goals with a partner – it’s a smarter way to collaborate and save for what matters. Twine is for people who might not have their own financial advisor but want to make better financial decisions to reach their goals, regardless of their income or age. The app simplifies saving for major milestones like down payments, weddings, and vacations by allowing users to collaborate and link accounts with others to stay on track. Twine is built, developed and powered entirely by innovative technology while leveraging the financial expertise of John Hancock.

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“We believe good health and financial wellness are essential ingredients to overall well-being, and we want to help motivate people to make healthier
choices—for themselves and their future,” says Fackler.

With this goal in mind, John Hancock has had success especially with one initiative: a partnership with the Vitality Group, which can serve as a template for similar companies looking to connect with younger investors.

“In 2015, we started a new chapter in our 155-year history when we partnered with the Vitality Group to help our clients live longer, healthier lives,” says Feckler. “As the first life insurance company in the United States to offer a wellness-based rewards program, John Hancock life insurance with Vitality gives our customers the financial protection they need while also helping them earn savings on their premiums, shopping gift cards, and travel discounts for their everyday healthy habits, such as going for a walk, eating well, and getting a regular health check.”

John Hancock was recently honored with multiple Stevie® Awards in the 2020 American Business Awards®, earning the company a Grand Stevie® Award. This designation is reserved for the top 10 most-recognized organizations. 

The 2021 American Business Awards are not open for entries yet. The 2020 International Business Awards® are accepting nominations through July 28, 2020.

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