Announcing Ragan’s Employee Communications Awards finalists

Congratulations to this year’s impressive finalists.

Entrants in Ragan’s Employee Communications & Top Places to Work Awards never cease to amaze. We received a flurry of incredible internal communications work from the past year—and leared a lot about the best workplaces.

These impressive finalists kept their employees—many of whom remain working remotely—engaged and inspired, championed a more diverse and equitable workplace, delivered powerful stories and so much more.

We are planning to announce the winners of our Employee Communications on March 16. In addition, winners of our Top Places to Work will be selected and announced in a Special Edition at the same time.

Scroll down to see who made this year’s list, and congratulations to all of our Employee Communications Awards finalists.

Note: Our list of the Top Places to Work will be released with the winners’ announcement on March 16.

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Grand Prize

Best Remote Work Experience/Culture

  • Aflac: Aflac Work-From-Home Experience
  • Bospar: Bospar, The Politely Pushy Tech PR Agency
  • Mizuho Americas: Mizuho Americas Remote Work Culture
  • Wray Ward: Wray Ward

Best Use of Technology

  • Finning: Traction: Finning
  • Legoland Parks & Resorts: Brickbuzz (Speakap)
  • Maximus: Technology Drives Company Performance

Employee Communication Campaign of the Year

  • Accenture Strategy & Consulting: We Are One
  • Atos: Secure the Gold
  • Encompass Health: Encompass Health brand standards
  • Horizon Therapeutics: Graves’ Disease Awareness Month and TED Awareness Campaign with Gail Devers
  • Intel Employee Communications and Employer Brand: A Vital Employer Brand for Intel’s Future
  • Newell Brands: Newell Now: Newell Brands’ Culture Connector

Employee Communications Team of the Year

  • 3M: 3M Employee & Executive Communications
  • Aflac: Aflac’s Employee Communications Team
  • Fifth Third Bank: Internal Communications Team
  • Intel: Employee Communications & Employer Brand
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network: Engaging During a Crisis & Revolutionalizing Internal Communications
  • London Stock Exchange Group: LSEG Internal Communications team
  • Mizuho Americas: Mizuho Americas Employee Communications Team of the Year
  • NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises: Telemundo
  • Novant Health: Team Awesome: generating next-level remarkable team member communications for Novant Health
  • Optus: Employee Communications
  • Prudential Financial, Inc.: Prudential Communications

 

Content and Communications

Benefits Communication

  • Douglas J: Benefits Education Campaign
  • University Health: 2021 University Health Open Enrollment
  • University of California: University of California Open Enrollment

Change Communication

  • Integral: IBM’s Project Afterburner Transformation Communication
  • Intel Employee Communications & Employer Brand: Connecting Leaders and Managers to Expectations for a New Era
  • Intel Employee Communications and CEO Communications: Accelerating Intel’s Transformation with a New (but Familiar) CEO
  • London Stock Exchange Group: LSEG’s first 100 days
  • Novant Health: Novant Health | New Hanover Regional Medical Center acquisition and Better Together Jeopardy
  • YMCA of the USA: Communicating Change in Crisis

COVID-19 Communication

  • ARUP Laboratories: Employee COVID-19 Crisis Focus
  • Atlantic Health System: Atlantic Health System Internal Communications
  • Atrium Health: Enterprise Communications
  • Caliber Colision: Caliber Collision pivots plans to create employee-centric COVID-response platform
  • HP Inc.: Mobilizing HP’s Employees to Fight COVID-19 with 3D Printing
  • Intel Employee Communications & Employer Brand: Keeping Intel Employees Thriving in a Pandemic That Wouldn’t End
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network: Engaging During a Crisis & Revolutionalizing Internal Communications
  • Maximus: Stop the Spread
  • Mizuho Americas: Mizuho Americas COVID-19 and Return-to-Office Communications
  • Policygenius: Implementing a values-first: responsive approach to COVID-19 communications
  • Southern Nuclear: COVID communications
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: COVID-19 Information and Updates
  • UPMC Insurance Services: “What’s Your Why?” Humanizing Vaccines and Addressing Hesitancy

Email Communication

  • A&D Mortgage LLC: The Best Employee Communication Monthly News Letter
  • Novant Health: Quick Connect

Employer Branding Campaign

  • Cisco: Cisco Employer Brand – National Intern Week
  • Intel Employee Communications and Employer Brand: A Vital Employer Brand for Intel’s Future

Executive/Leadership Communication

  • Aflac: Teresa White – Leading through Challenging Times
  • Intel Employee Communications & Employer Brand: Connecting Leaders and Managers to Expectations for a New Era
  • Mastercard LAC: Good Morning LAC
  • Renown Health: Best Place to Work
  • The Kroger Co.: Kroger Houston Division Negotiations

Podcast

  • Newell Brands: LeadersLive!
  • Scotia Digital: The 20

Rebranding Campaign

  • APCO Holdings: Core Values Refresh Campaign
  • Encompass Health: Encompass Health brand standards
  • Intel Employee Communications and Employer Brand: A Vital Employer Brand for Intel’s Future
  • Lam Research: Lam Research Transforms Brand to Reflect Bold New Vision, Strengthen Employee Pride
  • Novant Health: Taking Remarkable to the Next Level
  • Visa: Meet Visa

Recruitment Campaign

  • Intel Employee Communications and Employer Brand: A Vital Employer Brand for Intel’s Future
  • Kroger: The Kroger Co. Recruitment Marketing Plan

Return-to-Workplace Communication

  • Carson Group: Carson Group’s Return-to-Workplace Campaign
  • Mastercard: Together is Priceless

Use of Social Media

  • Cisco: @WeAreCisco Social

 

Employee Experience

Amazing Workplace Culture

  • Bospar: Bospar, The Politely Pushy Tech PR Agency
  • Delta Dental of Kansas: Delta Dental of Kansas’ Culture Transformation
  • N-able: Top Places to Work

Brand Ambassador Program

  • Ford Motor Company: Bronco Employee Advocacy

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment

  • Albert A Webb Associates: Belong by WEBB, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program
  • AMC Networks: DEI Commitment
  • Ascension: ABIDE
  • Atlas Renewable Energy: We are all part of the same energy
  • Bazaarvoice: DE&I Taskforce
  • Bospar: Bospar, The Politely Pushy Tech PR Agency
  • Capital One: Diversity Inclusion & Belonging
  • Crown Media Family Networks: Crown Media Family Networks
  • Ford Motor Company: Women’s History Month
  • Gilead: Inclusion
  • Maximus: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Communications
  • Mizuho Americas: Mizuho Americas Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commitment
  • UPMC Insurance Services: Juneteenth Panel Discussion
  • Volkswagen Financial Services: 100% Me

Employee Education/Training Program

  • Atos: Secure the Gold
  • Kaseya: Kaseya Provides Top-Tier Career Development and Training Opportunities
  • Purolator International: Employee Corporate Orientation

Employee Engagement

  • APCO Holdings: Core Values Refresh Campaign
  • Atos: Secure the Gold
  • Bospar: Bospar, The Politely Pushy Tech PR Agency
  • Ford Motor Company: Employee Appreciation Week
  • Georgia United Credit Union: Creating Engagement Opportunities
  • Ingka Services AB – IKEA & OTW: Ingka (IKEA) global news
  • Mastercard: Women’s Mentoring Series – ‘Mentoring Matters’
  • MGC: Best practice
  • Newell Brands: Newell Now: Newell Brands’ Culture Connector
  • Pfizer: Conversation Leaders
  • UPMC Insurance Services: MyVoice – An Employee Survey Campaign
  • Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust: Walsall Healthcare App

Employee Recognition or Reward Program

  • Bayer: Stop and Thank: Employee Appreciation and Engagement During a Pandemic
  • UPMC Insurance Services: Recognizing ACES Winners

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

  • John Hancock: John Hancock’s Employee Resource Groups

Employee Volunteer Program

  • Alkermes: Alkermes in Action: Coming Together and Giving Back
  • Mastercard: Boards for Impact

Hybrid Workplace Strategy

  • Brooks Running: 13.1 Company Meeting

Internal Event Strategy

  • AMC Networks: AMCN Remote Employee Engagement
  • Deloitte: SPARK something great: Extended Tax Leadership Group (ETLG) virtual kickoff
  • Ford Motor Company: Internal Events Strategy
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer: U.S. Department of Labor: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020

Talent Management Strategy

  • Mastercard: Boards for Impact
  • Mastercard: Women’s Mentoring Series – ‘Mentoring Matters’

 

Intranet Collaboration & Innovation

Employee Engagement

  • Atos: Secure the Gold
  • Finning: Traction: Finning

Internal Social Network

  • Finning: Traction: Finning
  • Legoland Parks & Resorts: Brickbuzz (Speakap)

Launch or Relaunch

  • Nordic Consulting: NordicHQ: Nordic’s Global Digital Headquarters

Mobile Integration

  • Glencore: The Core

Value to Employees

  • Finning: Traction: Finning

 

Intranet Content & Design

Best Feature/Section

  • Finning: Traction: Finning

Best Intranet Design

  • Glencore: The Core
  • Nordic Consulting: NordicHQ: Nordic’s Global Digital Headquarters

Intranet Usability

  • Glencore: The Core

 

Publications

Annual Report

  • Kean University Foundation: Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report
  • Mailchimp: Mailchimp’s Annual Report
  • Memphis Light: Gas and Water Division: 2019 MLGW Annual Report
  • Southern Company Gas: Fuel for Life 2020 Progress Report

Blog

  • Cisco: We Are Cisco Blog
  • University of Utah Health: Public Affairs Team

CSR/ESG Report

  • Lam Research: Lam Research Delivers Roadmap to a More Sustainable, Equitable Future
  • Maximus: Corporate Responsibility Reports
  • Newell Brands: Building Better Together: Newell Brands’ 2020 Corporate Citizenship Report

Feature Article

  • University of Utah Health: Public Affairs Team

Internal Email Campaign

  • Carson Group: The Bottom Line Email Newsletter
  • Encompass Health: Encompass Health brand standards

Magazine

  • Northrop Grumman: One Magazine

Newsletter

  • Bloomberg Industry Group: INDG Weekly
  • Crown Media Family Networks: Crown News
  • Manulife Canada: ‘Take 5 with Mike’
  • Purolator International: Employee Corporate Orientation
  • The Kroger Co.: At the Table Newsletter

 

Remote Culture

Virtual Employee Engagement

  • Accenture Strategy & Consulting: We Are One
  • AMC Networks: AMCN Remote Employee Engagement
  • Atos: Secure the Gold
  • Best Buy Canada: Holiday HQ
  • DHG: NABA LIFT Drive
  • Mastercard LAC: Good Morning LAC
  • Mizuho Americas: Mizuho Americas Remote Work Culture
  • Newell Brands: Newell Now: Newell Brands’ Culture Connector
  • Philip Morris International: Turning Employees into One Another’s Biggest Fans

Virtual Employee Recognition or Reward Program

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corp.: Citizens Engages in a Virtual Era
  • Cox Communications: Employee Service Awards: Rockin’ through the Ages
  • MGT Consulting Group: FY20 Bull by the Horns Awards Ceremony
  • Novant Health: Season of Gratitude

Virtual Events/Celebrations

  • Aflac: Aflac Employee Appreciation Week 2021
  • Best Buy Canada: Holiday HQ
  • Citizens Property Insurance Corp.: Citizens Celebrates in a Virtual Era
  • Cox Communications Southwest: Year-End Meeting & Virtual SuccessFest
  • Ford Motor Company: Employee Appreciation Week
  • Maximus: Customer Service Week
  • Mizuho Americas: Mizuho Americas Remote Work Culture
  • NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises: Latin AMAs “Hora Loca” Yam-Jam

Virtual Executive Communication

  • Mastercard LAC: Good Morning LAC
  • Mizuho Americas: Mizuho Americas Executive Communications
  • Pearson: Onboarding a CEO virtually

Virtual Onboarding

  • Mailchimp: How Mailchimp Shifted Its Employee Onboarding Program to Virtual
  • Talcott Resolution: Virtual Onboarding Process

Virtual Town Hall

  • Mizuho Americas: Mizuho Americas Executive Communications
  • Newell Brands: Connecting Newell Through Global Meetings

Virtual Well-Being Programs

  • Bospar: Bospar, The Politely Pushy Tech PR Agency
  • MGT Consulting Group: MGT Wellness Month

 

Tech

Best Employee App

  • Beekeeper: Beekeeper: the mobile productivity and collaboration platform for frontline workers
  • Kroger: FEED Mobile App
  • Legoland Parks & Resorts: Brickbuzz (Speakap)
  • Newell Brands: Newell Now: Newell Brands’ Culture Connector

 

Video

Company Overview Video

  • Bospar: Bospar, The Politely Pushy Tech PR Agency
  • Carson Group: Carson Partner Overview Video
  • Mathematica: Influence & Impact Video

DE&I Video

  • Albert A Webb Associates: Belong by WEBB: Diversity: Equity and Inclusion Program
  • Mizuho Americas: Diversity: Equity & Inclusion at Mizuho Americas Video
  • UPMC Insurance Services: Diversity and Inclusion Council Anniversary

Humorous Video

  • Alkermes: Webex How-To Video Series
  • Bospar: Bospar, The Politely Pushy Tech PR Agency

Informational Video

  • Ascension: Good Day Ascension Newscast
  • Bospar: Bospar, The Politely Pushy Tech PR Agency
  • Ford Motor Company: Google Partnership Announcement Video
  • University of Utah Health: Internal Communications Team

Inspirational Video

  • Bospar: Bospar, The Politely Pushy Tech PR Agency
  • Ford Motor Company: Google Partnership Announcement Video
  • Michigan State University Federal Credit Union: Credit Union Week 2020
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Labor: Women in Tech Video
  • University of Utah Health: Internal Communications

Interview Video

  • Mastercard LAC: Good Morning LAC
  • Mizuho Americas: Mizuho Americas Interview Video Series

Leadership Video

  • Mastercard LAC: Good Morning LAC
  • University of Utah Health: Internal Communications Team

Recruitment Video

  • Bospar: Bospar, The Politely Pushy Tech PR Agency

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