Announcing Ragan’s 2018 Employee Communications Awards finalists

Revolutionizing internal cultures, creating great content and engaging employees is all in a day’s work for these organizations.

Ragan Award winners

We found the organizations with the best internal content, campaigns and corporate cultures. We’re excited to name the finalists of Ragan’s 2017 Employee Communications Awards.

Our judges selected these finalists from more than 215 submissions to find the best internal content and engagement initiatives from around the world. Next, the judges will review this pool of finalists to name the category winners of Ragan’s 2018 Employee Communications Awards. The Special Edition announcing all the winners will be released in early March.

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The Ragan Communications staff congratulates all our finalists and wishes you the best of luck in the final round of judging.


Benefits Communication

  • Hasbro Ups Its Game for Benefits Enrollment, Linx Consulting, LLC with Hasbro, Inc.
  • 2018 Open Enrollment Benefits Communications, University of Southern California
  • USA Siemens Profit Sharing and Equity Communications, Siemens Corporation
  • Let’s Rock enRoll!, PJM Interconnection
  • Retiree Transition to Medicare Advantage, Fidelity Investments with Bank of America
  • Aetna Community Care Interactive Storytelling, Cheer Partners with Aetna
  • Lenovo Benefits (June 2017–June 2018), Benz Communications with Lenovo

Digital Signage

  • CalSTRS Digital Signage, California State Teachers’ Retirement System
  • New Hire Welcome Displays, Lake Trust Credit Union
  • CheapCaribbean In-Office Displays,

Executive Communications

  • Strengthening Ties: Connecting Employees with a New President, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • BMO CEO Transition—Communications Strategy and Internal Plan, Livewire Communications Inc. with Bank of Montreal
  • Driving Our Business, LMI
  • Business Strategy Updates Series, Jabil
  • Extreme Networks Drives Executive Communications with E360, the Company’s Branded Mobile App, Extreme Networks
  • Innovative Multichannel Content Strategy, Dentsply Sirona
  • Open Talk with Cesar Conde, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

Mobile App

  • Go IQ Mobile App Launch, IQVIA
  • Current: Going Mobile for the Future, Westar Energy
  • iDriveCX, Comcast—West Division
  • Vodafone News, Vodafone
  • PVH Insider, PVH with SocialChorus
  • SC Network, Springfield Clinic
  • Asbury Associate App, Red e App


  • Two Beards and a Microphone, Lake Trust Credit Union
  • Tell Me Why, American Airlines

Rebranding Campaign

  • Got Skills? Driving an Engaged IT Workforce, Nationwide Mutual Insurance
  • Finance Vision: Be Greater Than, Capital One
  • OCIO One Voice Rebranding, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Making It Real, Dell Technologies
  • Kforce Brand Refresh, Kforce
  • Finding Our New North Star, Hitachi Vantara
  • Creating an Iconic Brand for an Aviation Pioneer, Bell

Recruitment Campaign

  • WeAreCisco Summer of Interns, Cisco
  • Bell: Attracting Next Generation Talent for the Future of Flight, Bell

Use of Social Media

  • Wellness Program, Blue Communications Agency with AECOM


Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Just One Thing: Week of Giving Back, Ellie Mae, Inc.
  • Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, Kroger
  • Climate Change Awareness / Electric Vehicle Adoption and Ambassadorship, AVANGRID

Brand Ambassador Program

  • Our Health Heroes, Philips AG with LongTail Media
  • Trojan Stories series, University of Southern California
  • WeAreCisco Summer of Interns, Cisco
  • Employee Engagement Program, SIX
  • #TeamThinkific, SIX

Employee Education Program

  • Preparing You for the Future of Work, SAP
  • Shell Polymers—Creating a Movement by Building Brand Enthusiasts, J. Walter Thompson INSIDE with Shell
  • New Learning and Development Portal, Lake Trust Credit Union
  • Social Media Training for Leaders, Southwest Airlines
  • 2018 Learning Day, World Wildlife Fund
  • Emerging Leaders Academy, City of Riverside

Employee Engagement Initiative

  • Making Dell Digital Events Fun, Dell Digital Marketing and Communications
  • WeAreCisco Facebook Live Employee Culture Contributors, Cisco Talent Brand
  • Celebrating You, Celebrating 132, The Coca-Cola Company / BI Worldwide / SeenIt
  • Dell Digital’s Employee Engagement Pet Photo Contest, Dell
  • Powering a Better Way to Work at Citrix, Citrix
  • The Loop Employee Engagement Survey, AVANGRID

Internal Event Strategy

  • OCIO All Hands Meetings, U.S. Department of Labor
  • DOL Tech Day, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Leadership Update, City of Hope
  • Live with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Enhancing Employee Town Halls, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with Davis & Company
  • Bosch Business Dialog—Let’s Build the Agenda Together, Robert Bosch Group with mediastudios Thomas Wussler
  • 2018 gNARly Escape Room, Whirlpool Corp.

Wellness Program

  • Wellness Program, TDIndustries
  • 2018 Well-Being Communication, Dun & Bradstreet with Davis & Company
  • 2018 Global Well-Being Week, Blue Communications Agency with AECOM
  • Wellness Program, Blue Communications Agency with AECOM
  • In Good Health, Morley
  • Camp Pono, Salesforce



  • Einstein intranet design, Einstein with Davis & Company
  • POWERhouse, American Axle & Manufacturing / Rightpoint
  • EQX Connect, Interact with Equinox

Social Intranet

  • Commvault CONNECT Social Intranet, Commvault
  • Micron Now, Unily with Micron
  • RescueNet, International Rescue Committee with Interact
  • BEDPost, Mattress Firm with Interact

Value to Employees

  • OneLuxottica: Our Digital Workplace, Luxottica
  • Dow Connect, Dow Chemical Company
  • Connect, Workiva
  • Ellie Connect, Unily with Ellie Mae
  • You are Going to fl!p, Rightpoint with Loblaw
  • CenterStage, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) with Interact
  • The Lounge, Travelex with Interact


Annual Report

  • Dell Digital Annual Performance Report, Dell

Article Series

  • Diversity & Inclusion Series, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
  • OneLuxottica: Our Digital Workplace, Luxottica
  • Opioid Abuse: A Look Behind the Curtain, Ford Motor Company and UAW-Ford
  • Rapid Diagnostics Business Series, Abbott


  • Life at Cisco Blog, Cisco

Feature Article

  • Trading Places: An Hour on Their Headsets, a Mile in Their Shoes, Ameren
  • TechKnowledgey: 2019 Acura RDX, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
  • Assailant: Three Minutes, Idaho Transportation Department
  • Heart Feature Story, Abbott

Interview or Profile

  • Roll Call—DAJD monthly employee newsletter, King County Dept of Adult & Juvenile Detention
  • “My Name is Eli,” City of Hope


  • The Impressions, Table Mountain Casino
  • Ameren Journal, Ameren
  • Paycom Pulse, Paycom
  • Playa Pulse Magazine, Playa Hotels & Resorts
  • Freight Quarterly Spring 2018, FedEx Freight
  • Preserving the Legacy with the Wilcon Trader, Wilbur-Ellis / Peppercomm
  • Spotlight, Dentsply Sirona

Most Improved Design

  • BEAT corporate newsletter, Paycom
  • Dell Digital Communications, Dell
  • The CONNECTION Employee Resource Magazine, CCMC
  • Blue News Redesign, Health Care Service Corporation


  • IT Leader Toolkit, Nationwide Insurance
  • PD Sound Bytes, PagerDuty
  • Weekly OneLuxottica Snapshot Email, Luxottica
  • The CONNECTION Employee Resource Magazine, CCMC
  • Engage Newsletter, Lake Trust Credit Union
  • In the Loop, Johns Hopkins
  • HH Weekly Briefing, The Howard Hughes Corporation

Visual Communication

  • Be Like Ken & Be Like Marc: Wear Your PPE, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
  • Cook, Eat, Connect!, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Engage Newsletter, Lake Trust Credit Union
  • Aetna Community Care Interactive Storytelling, Cheer Partners with Aetna
  • Need a Raise?, TGI Fridays


Humorous Video

  • Here Ye, Here Ye. Concur Travel is NOT your Only Option!, SocialChorus
  • Won’t You Please Attend, We Have Donuts!, Dell
  • Paycom All-Company Video, Paycom
  • Wine Down Wednesdays with Wasser, 7-Eleven
  • What’s on Your Hands Video, Bon Secours Health System / Elevation
  • Manheim’s Pass the Baton, Cox Automotive
  • Between Two Palms,

Informational Video

  • Saving Weaverville, Western Area Power Administration
  • Con Edison Crews Work to Restore Power After the Nor’easter, Con Edison
  • Microsoft 365 Security Training 2018, Microsoft
  • Big Jobs Uncovered, Johns Hopkins
  • WiFi Day Animated Video, Comcast—West Division
  • BMO Wild World of Banking—Digital Conversation Training Videos, Livewire Communications Inc. with Bank of Montreal
  • Better Together, DPR Construction

Training or Orientation Video

  • Microsoft 365 Security Training 2018, Microsoft
  • Distributed Working Best Practices, Mozilla
  • From Point A, J. Walter Thompson INSIDE with Aspen Dental
  • Macy’s: Make Brighter Moments, J. Walter Thompson INSIDE with Macy’s
  • Robbery Preparedness Training, Lake Trust Credit Union
  • Vertafore Company Benefits, Barokas Public Relations

Recruitment Video

  • Women in Trades program, TDIndustries
  • We Are Honeywell Aerospace, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Lives Changing Lives, J. Walter Thompson INSIDE with Aspen Dental
  • Team Volunteering Video, Lake Trust Credit Union


Employee Communications Campaign of the Year

  • I Am Target Zero, Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Navistar’s Breakthrough Year: Employees Drive to Bring the Company Back to Profitability in 2017, Navistar
  • Nurses Recruitment and Retention, Renown Health
  • 2018 Global Well-Being Week, Blue Communications Agency with AECOM
  • Feed Your Future and Enhanced Benefits Announcement, Kroger
  • Clean Hands Count, Bon Secours Health System
  • Uniform Launch, Delta Air Lines

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