Employees are the lifeblood of every organization.

When they believe in their organization’s mission and are informed about important internal news and initiatives, organizations and its employees thrive and grow.

The winners in Ragan’s Employee Communications Awards Class of 2021 excelled in creating and executing exceptional internal communications campaigns, content and initiatives that kept their workforce—remote or in-person—engaged and informed, especially throughout the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Ragan Communications is proud to recognize these impressive organizations. Please, join us in congratulating all of the Winners and Honorable Mentions in our Employee Communications Awards Class of 2021. Scroll down to learn more about their winning work.

Check out the link to our Top Places to Work winners page, to find out which organizations landed on our list, and to download the free special edition, highlighting the work that earned them recognition.

Ragan's Employee Communications Awards Winners, Class of 2021

Amazing Workplace Culture

Honorable Mentions

Amazing Workplace Culture

Honorable Mentions
  • Bethpage Federal Credit UnionEmployee Experiencec
  • BosparWorking From Home Pioneer
Winner

Amazing Workplace Culture

Honorable Mentions

Benefits Communication

Honorable Mentions

Benefits Communication

Honorable Mentions
  • TriHealthBenefits Season
Winner

Benefits Communication

Honorable Mentions

Best Employee App

Honorable Mentions

Best Employee App

Honorable Mentions
  • Encompass HealthHive Employee App
  • Joyson Safety SystemsONE JOYSON, theEMPLOYEEapp
  • Love's Travel Stop and Country StoreLove's Now Employee App
  • Southern Company GasFUEL - Employee Engagement Reimagined
  • TE CONNECTIVITYBest Employee App Campaign Nominee
Winner

Best Employee App

Honorable Mentions

Best Intranet Design

Honorable Mentions

Best Intranet Design

Honorable Mentions
  • BNY MellonIntranet Homepage Redesign
Winner

Best Intranet Design

Honorable Mentions

Brand Ambassador Program

Honorable Mentions

Brand Ambassador Program

Honorable Mentions
  • PaceWalmart Brand Ambassador Program
Winner

Brand Ambassador Program

Honorable Mentions

Change Communication

Honorable Mentions

Change Communication

Honorable Mentions
  • Acenda HealthACE Lounges for Change Communication
  • Ford Motor CompanyCreating Tomorrow Together
  • McKinstryValues in Action Campaign
Winner

Change Communication

Honorable Mentions

Community Relations

Honorable Mentions
  • Bethpage Federal Credit UnionBethpage Cares Charitable Giving Program
  • College of DuPageUp to S.N.O.W. Good
  • Talcott Resolution2020 Community Involvement Response
Winner

Corporate Social Responsibility/ESG Initiative

Honorable Mentions

Corporate Social Responsibility/ESG Initiative

Honorable Mentions
  • PaceArgo ESG Initiatives
Winner

Corporate Social Responsibility/ESG Initiative

Honorable Mentions

COVID-19 Communication (Corporate)

Honorable Mentions

COVID-19 Communication (Corporate)

Honorable Mentions
  • ADMCOVID-19 Rapid Response Communications
  • AflacSocial Good in a Crisis
  • Cambia Health SolutionsCambia Internal Comms
  • Citizens Financial GroupCitizens Internal COVID-19 Hub
  • Extreme NetworksExtreme’s Communication and Response to COVID-19
  • Ford Motor CompanyCOVID Communications
  • Juniper Networks@home Campaign
  • Kroger CorporateAssociate Communications
  • Lidl Romania#noi-lidl: together, but keeping the distance
  • MastercardMastercard Employee Communications Team
  • UnileverUnilever North America, Corporate Communications
Winner

COVID-19 Communication (Corporate)

Honorable Mentions

COVID-19 Communication (Government/Nonprofit)

Honorable Mentions

COVID-19 Communication (Government/Nonprofit)

Honorable Mentions
  • Atrium HealthInforming and Sustaining Healthcare Employees During a Pandemic
  • Cone HealthMarketing & Communications Team
  • Renown HealthResponding to COVID-19
  • SMUDCorporate Communications - COVID-19 Communication
  • U.S. Department of LaborCOVID-19 Response, Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • UMass Memorial Health CareMarketing & Communications
Winner

COVID-19 Communication (Government/Nonprofit)

Honorable Mentions

Crisis Response

Honorable Mentions

Crisis Response

Honorable Mentions
  • Cambia Health SolutionsWildfire Communications Response
Winner

Crisis Response

Honorable Mentions

CSR/ESG Report

Honorable Mentions

CSR/ESG Report

Honorable Mentions
  • Coca-Cola İçecek A.ŞSustainability Report
Winner

CSR/ESG Report

Honorable Mentions

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment

Honorable Mentions

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment

Honorable Mentions
  • College of DuPageChapsUnite Against Racism
  • Flagship Facility ServicesIDEA Group
  • John HancockJohn Hancock Signature Series
  • The Walt Disney CompanyReimagine Tomorrow Conversation Series
Winner

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment

Honorable Mentions

Email Communication

Honorable Mentions

Email Communication

Honorable Mentions
  • Johns Hopkins MedicineInside Hopkins Daily Newsletter and Weekly COVID-19 Recap
Winner

Email Communication

Honorable Mentions

Employee Education/Training Program

Honorable Mentions

Employee Education/Training Program

Honorable Mentions
  • GerdauGMAKERS
Winner

Employee Education/Training Program

Honorable Mentions

Employee Engagement

Honorable Mentions

Employee Engagement

Honorable Mentions
  • Bristol Myers SquibbGlobal Patient Week
  • IPMIPM Engagement
  • John HancockCamp Manulife – John Hancock
  • ServiceNowDream Big Tour
Winner

Employee Engagement

Honorable Mentions

Employee Engagement (Intranet)

Honorable Mentions

Employee Engagement (Intranet)

Honorable Mentions
  • Citizens Property Insurance CorporationConnecting People to Purpose
  • DFW International AirportDFW On The Fly
  • HIROCHIROC Communications and Marketing Team
  • Lidl RomaniaWe Are Lidl App - Changing culture through internal communication
  • ORBCOMM IncPulse Employee Intranet
  • The Walt Disney CompanyWalt Disney Television | Ovation Recognition Awards
Winner

Employee Engagement (Intranet)

Honorable Mentions

Executive/Leadership Communication

Honorable Mentions

Executive/Leadership Communication

Honorable Mentions
  • Agilent Technologies Inc.Global Communications and Public Affairs Executive/Leadership Communication
  • BazaarvoiceBazaarvoice
  • DeloitteTax Communications Meeting in a box
  • ExperianLevel Up Leadership Podcast
  • IFSAll-Access: IFS CEO Darren Roos Raises the Bar for Authentic Employee Communications During A Crisis
  • Iredell HealthIredell Insights
  • John HancockJohn Hancock CEO Delivers “Some Good News”
  • Manulife CanadaCanada Communications
Winner

Executive/Leadership Communication

Honorable Mentions

Feature Article

Honorable Mentions
  • Agilent Technologies IncGlobal Communications and Public Affairs Feature Article
  • Ford Motor CompanyCOVID Communications
  • Ford Motor CompanyProduct Development Center
Winner

Humorous Video

Honorable Mentions

Humorous Video

Honorable Mentions
  • ServiceNowApril Fools Video
  • ServiceNowMeeting Effectiveness
  • WE CommunicationsWacky Wednesday
Winner

Humorous Video

Honorable Mentions

Informational Video

Honorable Mentions

Informational Video

Honorable Mentions
  • Atrium HealthInforming and Sustaining Healthcare Employees During a Pandemic
  • Ford Motor CompanyCOVID Communications
  • Johns Hopkins MedicineCOVID-19 Fatigue? Our Brains are Part of the Problem
  • Johns Hopkins MedicineKeep It Up! Wear Your Mask to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
Winner

Informational Video

Honorable Mentions

Inspirational Video

Honorable Mentions

Inspirational Video

Honorable Mentions
  • Auburn Community HospitalCommunity Giving Tuesday Video
  • Manulife CanadaCanada Communications
  • Reid HealthCharlie Centers' Story
  • ServiceNowJuly Now Live opening video
  • ServiceNowStory Time with Bill
  • TechnipFMCNorth America Communications Team
  • UMass Memorial Health CareMarketing & Communications
Winner

Inspirational Video

Honorable Mentions

Instructional or Educational Content (Intranet)

Honorable Mentions

Instructional or Educational Content (Intranet)

Honorable Mentions
  • Ford Motor CompanyCreating Tomorrow Together
  • SPI GroupWork Out to Help Out!
Winner

Instructional or Educational Content (Intranet)

Honorable Mentions

Internal Event Strategy

Honorable Mentions

Internal Event Strategy

Honorable Mentions
  • Bristol Myers SquibbGlobal Patient Week
  • John HancockJohn Hancock’s Guest Speaker Series
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of LaborNational Cybersecurity Awareness Month
  • Walt Disney TelevisionCONNECT 2019
Winner

Internal Event Strategy

Honorable Mentions

Interview or Profile

Honorable Mentions

Interview or Profile

Honorable Mentions
  • Renown HealthCelebrating Jen Richards
Winner

Interview or Profile

Honorable Mentions

Intranet Launch or Relaunch

Honorable Mentions
  • Keysight TechnologiesCorporate Communications
  • Lidl RomaniaWe Are Lidl App - Changing culture through internal communication
  • Love's Travel Stop and Country StoretheWave Intranet Relaunch
  • SMS AssistThe Hub
  • University HealthInfoNET
Winner

Intranet Video

Honorable Mentions
  • Juniper Networks@home Campaign
Winner

Leadership Video

Honorable Mentions

Leadership Video

Honorable Mentions
  • Manulife CanadaCanada Communications
  • ServiceNowStory Time with Bill
Winner

Leadership Video

Honorable Mentions

Magazine (Print or Digital)

Honorable Mentions

Magazine (Print or Digital)

Honorable Mentions
  • Power Design, IncThe Power Line
  • Swire Coca-Cola, USACorporate Communications
Winner

Magazine (Print or Digital)

Honorable Mentions

Newsletter (Print or Digital)

Honorable Mentions

Newsletter (Print or Digital)

Honorable Mentions
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsKnee'd To Know Newsletter
  • Mowi Canada EastINSITE
  • TricorBraunCommunications
  • University of California, Office of the PresidentUCnetwork: Creating an employer relationship across the University of California
Winner

Newsletter (Print or Digital)

Honorable Mentions

Podcast

Honorable Mentions

Podcast

Honorable Mentions
  • Cisco (WeAreCisco)WeAreCisco Podcast
Winner

Podcast

Honorable Mentions

Rebranding Campaign

Honorable Mentions

Rebranding Campaign

Honorable Mentions
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsBrand Resource Center
Winner

Rebranding Campaign

Honorable Mentions

Recruitment Campaign

Honorable Mentions

Recruitment Campaign

Honorable Mentions
  • Lidl RomaniaChoose a job at home, close to your family
Winner

Recruitment Campaign

Honorable Mentions

Recruitment Video

Honorable Mentions
Winner

Recruitment Video

Honorable Mentions

Return to Workplace Communication

Honorable Mentions

Return to Workplace Communication

Honorable Mentions
  • AstellasCorporate Communications
  • ManulifeRTO Communications
  • TechnipFMCTechnipFMC Communications
Winner

Return to Workplace Communication

Honorable Mentions

Use of Social Media

Honorable Mentions
Winner

Use of Social Media

Honorable Mentions

Virtual Employee Engagement

Winner:
Aflac
Honorable Mentions

Virtual Employee Engagement

Honorable Mentions
  • AvalaraAvalara Employee engagement
  • Blueprint MedicinesInternal Communications
  • BosparWorking From Home Pioneer
  • CCIStronger Together
  • Deloitte Audit & AssuranceAudit & Assurance Innovation Challenge 2020
  • Ford Motor CompanyCOVID Communications
  • HIROCHIROC Communications and Marketing Team
  • Juniper Networks@home Campaign
  • Lifelong LearningCommunications Department
  • MastercardMastercard Employee Communications Team
  • Philip Morris InternationalChallenge(s) Accepted: PMI’s Innovative Efforts to Upskill and Engage Employees During Coronavirus
  • ServiceNow#ServiceNowStrong campaign
  • SMS AssistVirtual Employee Experience
  • Vera Bradley, IncCOVID-19 Employee Engagement
Winner

Virtual Employee Engagement

Winner:
Aflac
Honorable Mentions

Virtual Employee Recognition

Honorable Mentions

Virtual Employee Recognition

Honorable Mentions
  • PeratonInaugural Chairman's Awards
Winner

Virtual Employee Recognition

Honorable Mentions

Virtual Events/Celebrations

Honorable Mentions

Virtual Events/Celebrations

Honorable Mentions
  • AflacInvesting Today for a Better Tomorrow
  • Brooks RunningInternal Comms: Midyear Employee Awards and Run Happy Celebration
  • Capital OneSECON
  • Cree, IncSTEM Day
  • ICMA-RCVirtual Plaza Event
  • ReSource ProUS Team Meeting
  • Talcott ResolutionSecond Anniversary Celebration
Winner

Virtual Events/Celebrations

Honorable Mentions

Virtual Executive Communication

Honorable Mentions

Virtual Executive Communication

Honorable Mentions
  • SeqirusStaying Connected
Winner

Virtual Executive Communication

Honorable Mentions

Virtual Town Hall

Honorable Mentions

Virtual Town Hall

Honorable Mentions
  • AvidXchangeVirtual Trip to Town Hall
  • Ford Motor CompanyCOVID Communications
  • Power Design, IncThe PDI Show with Joe
  • Raytheon Intelligence & SpaceRaytheon Intelligence & Space Virtual Leader Session
Winner

Virtual Town Hall

Honorable Mentions

Virtual Wellbeing Programs

Honorable Mentions

Virtual Wellbeing Programs

Honorable Mentions
  • ReSource ProReSource Pro ReThink Wellness
Winner

Virtual Wellbeing Programs

Honorable Mentions

Grand Prize: Best Overall Intranet

Honorable Mentions

Grand Prize: Best Overall Intranet

Honorable Mentions
  • Keysight TechnologiesCorporate Communications
  • STO Building GroupSTO Intranet
  • University HealthInfoNET
Winner

Grand Prize: Best Overall Intranet

Honorable Mentions

Grand Prize: Employee Communication Campaign of the Year

Honorable Mentions

Grand Prize: Employee Communication Campaign of the Year

Honorable Mentions
  • BASF CorporationPledge to Protect
  • Bristol Myers SquibbGlobal Patient Week
  • Bristol Myers SquibbRebrand Campaign
  • Cardinal Group CompaniesCardinal Heroes
  • DFW AirportOn The Fly
  • KrogerCorporate Affairs
  • UMass Memorial Health CareMarketing & Communications
Winner

Grand Prize: Employee Communication Campaign of the Year

Honorable Mentions

Grand Prize: Employee Communications Team of the Year

Honorable Mentions

Grand Prize: Employee Communications Team of the Year

Honorable Mentions
  • Change HealthcareInternal Communications
  • Manulife CanadaCanada Communications
  • OptusChannel Communications & Events
  • The Kroger CompanyAssociate Communications
  • UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)A Merger Like No Other: UKG Global Employee Communications
Winner

Grand Prize: Employee Communications Team of the Year

Honorable Mentions

Top Places to Work Winners

Ragan has selected 19 organizations to represent its Top Places to Work Class of 2021! Find out which organizations are being honored and what made them stand out among the pack of wonderful workplaces that entered the program.

Additional Trophies

All winners will receive one complimentary trophy.

If you would like to order additional trophies, click the link below to complete the additional trophy form and email the completed form to Brendan Gannon at brendang@ragan.com. We’ll get working on ordering your additional trophies.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact Brendan Gannon at brendang@ragan.com or 312-960-4407.