Announcing Ragan’s Employee Communications Awards finalists

Congratulations to this year’s impressive finalists!

This past year has had its share of crises and obstacles—and internal communications was not spared.

Entrants in Ragan’s Employee Communications Awards never cease to amaze, though. We received a flurry of incredible internal communications work from the past year.

These impressive finalists kept their remote employees 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 Awards in mid- to late-March. 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.

REMOTE CULTURE

Virtual Employee Engagement

  • Aflac: Aflac
  • Avalara: Avalara Employee engagement
  • Blueprint Medicines: Internal Communications
  • Bospar: Working From Home Pioneer
  • CCI: Stronger Together
  • Deloitte Audit & Assurance: Audit & Assurance Innovation Challenge 2020
  • Ford Motor Company: COVID Communications
  • HIROC: HIROC Communications and Marketing Team
  • Juniper Networks: @home Campaign
  • Lifelong Learning: Communications Department
  • Mastercard: Mastercard Employee Communications Team
  • Philip Morris International: Challenge(s) Accepted: PMI’s Innovative Efforts to Upskill and Engage Employees During Coronavirus
  • ServiceNow: #ServiceNowStrong campaign
  • SMS Assist: Virtual Employee Experience
  • Southern Company Gas: FUEL – Employee Engagement Reimagined
  • Vera Bradley, Inc: COVID-19 Employee Engagement

Virtual Employee Recognition

  • Cardinal Group Companie: Cardinal Heroes
  • Peraton: Inaugural Chairman’s Awards

Virtual Events/Celebrations

  • Aflac: Investing Today for a Better Tomorrow
  • Bristol Myers Squibb: Global Patient Week
  • Brooks Running: Internal Comms: Midyear Employee Awards and Run Happy Celebration
  • Capital One: SECON
  • Cree, Inc: STEM Day
  • ICMA-RC: Virtual Plaza Event
  • ReSource Pro: US Team Meeting
  • Talcott Resolution: Second Anniversary Celebration

Virtual Executive Communication

  • Samuel, Son, & Co: Lighting Up Leadership With The Torch
  • Seqirus: Staying Connected

Virtual Town Hall

  • AvidXchange: Virtual Trip to Town Hall
  • Ford Motor Company: COVID Communications
  • Power Design, Inc: The PDI Show with Joe
  • Prudential’s Internal Audit Department: AuditCon 2020
  • Raytheon Intelligence & Space: Raytheon Intelligence & Space Virtual Leader Session

Virtual Wellbeing Programs

  • Avalara: Avalara Employee engagement
  • ReSource Pro: ReSource Pro ReThink Wellness

 

CONTENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Benefits Communication

  • Medela: Parental Leave Series
  • TriHealth: Benefits Season

Change Communication

  • Acenda Health: ACE Lounges for Change Communication
  • Ford Motor Company: Creating Tomorrow Together
  • McKinstry: Values in Action Campaign
  • Philip Morris International: PMI’s Transformation Narrative Cascade

Community Relations

  • Bethpage Federal Credit Union: Bethpage Cares Charitable Giving Program
  • College of DuPage: Up to S.N.O.W. Good
  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies for Mazda: Mazda’s Essential Car Care Program
  • Talcott Resolution: 2020 Community Involvement Response
  • UMass Memorial Health Care: Office of Community Health Transformation and Community Benefits/Anchor Mission

COVID-19 Communication (Corporate)

  • ADM: COVID-19 Rapid Response Communications
  • Aflac: Social Good in a Crisis
  • Astellas: COVID-19 Employee-first Response
  • Cambia Health Solutions: Cambia Internal Comms
  • Citizens Financial Group: Citizens Internal COVID-19 Hub
  • Extreme Networks: Extreme’s Communication and Response to COVID-19
  • Ford Motor Company: COVID Communications
  • Juniper Networks: @home Campaign
  • Kroger Corporate: Associate Communications
  • Lidl Romania: #noi-lidl: together, but keeping the distance
  • Mastercard: Mastercard Employee Communications Team
  • Unilever: Unilever North America, Corporate Communications

COVID-19 Communication (Government/Nonprofit)

  • American Heart Association: National Center Internal Communications
  • Atrium Health: Informing and Sustaining Healthcare Employees During a Pandemic
  • Cone Health: Marketing & Communications Team
  • Renown Health: Responding to COVID-19
  • SMUD: Corporate Communications – COVID-19 Communication
  • U.S. Department of Labor: COVID-19 Response, Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • UMass Memorial Health Care: Marketing & Communications

Crisis Response

  • Booz Allen Hamilton: COVID-19 Communications Support
  • Cambia Health Solutions: Wildfire Communications Response

Email Communication

  • Canadian Tire Corporation: CEO E-mail Communication
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine: Inside Hopkins Daily Newsletter and Weekly COVID-19 Recap

Executive/Leadership Communication

  • Agilent Technologies Inc.: Global Communications and Public Affairs Executive/Leadership Communication
  • Bazaarvoice: Bazaarvoice
  • Canada Communications, Manulife Canada
  • Deloitte: Tax Communications Meeting in a box
  • Encompass Health: Executive Leadership
  • Experian: Level Up Leadership Podcast
  • IFS: All-Access: IFS CEO Darren Roos Raises the Bar for Authentic Employee Communications During A Crisis
  • Iredell Health: Iredell Insights
  • John Hancock: John Hancock CEO Delivers “Some Good News”
  • Seqirus: Staying Connected

Podcast

  • Ascension: Good Day Ascension Podcast
  • Cisco (WeAreCisco): WeAreCisco Podcast

Rebranding Campaign

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Brand Resource Center
  • Bristol Myers Squibb: Rebrand Campaign

Recruitment Campaign

  • Cisco (WeAreCisco): WeAreCisco (Virtual) Intern Week 2020 Campaign
  • Lidl Romania: Choose a job at home, close to your family

Return to Workplace Communication

  • ADM: COVID-19 Rapid Response Communications
  • Astellas: Corporate Communications
  • Manulife: RTO Communications
  • TechnipFMC: TechnipFMC Communications

Use of Social Media

  • Cisco (WeAreCisco): WeAreCisco TikTok Summer of (Virtual) Interns

 

EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE

Amazing Workplace Culture

  • Bethpage Federal Credit Union: Employee Experience
  • Bospar: Working From Home Pioneer
  • J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc: Creating a Community of Difference Makers

Brand Ambassador Program

  • Pace: Walmart Brand Ambassador Program
  • Weber and Mars: An Invitation to Purpose

Corporate Social Responsibility/ESG Initiatives

  • Aflac: Investing Today for a Better Tomorrow
  • Pace: Argo ESG Initiatives

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment

  • College of DuPage: ChapsUnite Against Racism
  • Flagship Facility Services: IDEA Group
  • John Hancock: John Hancock Signature Series
  • The Kroger Co: Associate Communications & Engagement
  • The Walt Disney Company: Reimagine Tomorrow Conversation Series

Employee Education/Training Program

  • Gerdau: GMAKERS
  • Marathon Strategies: Adapting Professional Development For The Work-From-Home Era

Employee Engagement

  • Bristol Myers Squibb: Global Patient Week
  • IPM: IPM Engagement
  • John Hancock: Camp Manulife – John Hancock
  • ServiceNow: Dream Big Tour
  • Southern Company Gas: FUEL – Employee Engagement Reimagined

Internal Event Strategy

  • Bristol Myers Squibb: Global Patient Week
  • CPS Energy: 2019 Veterans Recognition
  • John Hancock: John Hancock’s Guest Speaker Series
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Labor: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
  • Walt Disney Television: CONNECT 2019

 

PUBLICATIONS (DIGITAL AND PRINT)

CSR/ESG Report

  • Aflac: Investing Today for a Better Tomorrow
  • Coca-Cola İçecek A.Ş: Sustainability Report

Feature Article

  • Agilent Technologies Inc: Global Communications and Public Affairs Feature Article
  • Ford Motor Company: COVID Communications
  • Ford Motor Company: Product Development Center
  • UC Davis Health: A cut above: EVS custodian loses his locks to support Burn Unit patient

Interview or Profile

  • Honda R&D Americas: Celebrating Retirement
  • Renown Health: Celebrating Jen Richards

Magazine

  • Power Design, Inc: The Power Line
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation: One Magazine
  • Swire Coca-Cola, USA: Corporate Communications

Newsletter

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Knee’d To Know Newsletter
  • Enbridge: Energy Matters
  • Mowi Canada East: INSITE
  • TricorBraun: Communications
  • University of California, Office of the President: UCnetwork: Creating an employer relationship across the University of California

 

VIDEO

Humorous Video

  • Manulife Canada: Canada Communications
  • ServiceNow: April Fools Video
  • ServiceNow: Meeting Effectiveness
  • WE Communications: Wacky Wednesday

Informational Video

  • Atrium Health: Informing and Sustaining Healthcare Employees During a Pandemic
  • Ford Motor Company: COVID Communications
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine: COVID-19 Fatigue? Our Brains are Part of the Problem
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine: Keep It Up! Wear Your Mask to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
  • ServiceNow: Meeting Effectiveness

Inspirational Video

  • Auburn Community Hospital: Community Giving Tuesday Video
  • Manulife Canada: Canada Communications
  • Reid Health: Charlie Centers’ Story
  • ServiceNow: Global Impact Story: Damien
  • ServiceNow: July Now Live opening video
  • ServiceNow: Story Time with Bill
  • TechnipFMC: North America Communications Team
  • UMass Memorial Health Care: Marketing & Communications

Leadership Video

  • Manulife Canada: Canada Communications
  • Seqirus: Staying Connected
  • ServiceNow: Story Time with Bill

Recruitment Video

  • Cisco (WeAreCisco): WeAreCisco Recruiting Video

 

INTRANET COLLABORATION & INNOVATION

Employee Engagement

  • Citizens Financial Group: Citizens Credo Awards Platform
  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation: Connecting People to Purpose
  • DFW International Airport: DFW On The Fly
  • HIROC: HIROC Communications and Marketing Team
  • Lidl Romania: We Are Lidl App – Changing culture through internal communication
  • ORBCOMM Inc: Pulse Employee Intranet
  • The Walt Disney Company: Walt Disney Television | Ovation Recognition Awards

Launch or Relaunch

  • BNY Mellon: Intranet Homepage Redesign
  • Keysight Technologies: Corporate Communications
  • Lidl Romania: We Are Lidl App – Changing culture through internal communication
  • Love’s Travel Stop and Country Store: theWave Intranet Relaunch
  • SMS Assist: The Hub
  • University Health: InfoNET
  • Wolverine Worldwide: Relaunching Connection Amongst a Global Enterprise

 

INTRANET CONTENT

Instructional or Educational Content

  • Ford Motor Company: COVID Communications
  • Ford Motor Company: Creating Tomorrow Together
  • SPI Group: Work Out to Help Out!

Video

  • Agilent Technologies Inc: Global Communications and Public Affairs Intranet Video
  • Juniper Networks: @home Campaign

 

INTRANET DESIGN

Best Intranet Design

  • Baker Hughes: DT Communications and Platforms team
  • BNY Mellon: Intranet Homepage Redesign

 

TECH

Best Employee App

  • Encompass Health: Hive Employee App
  • Joyson Safety Systems: ONE JOYSON, theEMPLOYEEapp
  • Love’s Travel Stop and Country Store: Love’s Now Employee App
  • Southern Company Gas: FUEL – Employee Engagement Reimagined
  • Speakap: Jetstream
  • TE CONNECTIVITY: Best Employee App Campaign Nominee

 

GRAND PRIZE

Best Overall Intranet

  • Keysight Technologies: Corporate Communications
  • SMS Assist: The Hub
  • STO Building Group: STO Intranet
  • University Health: InfoNET

Employee Communication Campaign of the Year

  • Aflac: Investing Today for a Better Tomorrow
  • BASF Corporation: Pledge to Protect
  • Bristol Myers Squibb: Global Patient Week
  • Bristol Myers Squibb: Rebrand Campaign
  • Cardinal Group Companies: Cardinal Heroes
  • DFW Airport: On The Fly
  • Kroger: Corporate Affairs
  • UMass Memorial Health Care: Marketing & Communications

Employee Communications Team of the Year

  • Change Healthcare: Internal Communications
  • Ford Motor Company: Employee Communications Team
  • Manulife Canada: Canada Communications
  • Optus: Channel Communications & Events
  • The Kroger Company: Associate Communications
  • UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group: A Merger Like No Other: UKG Global Employee Communications

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