Call for Entries Deadline:

This program is now closed.

Learn more about current programs here.

It’s been said that a company’s most important asset walks out the door each day. Times have certainly changed as more employees now work from home and may never go back to the office. Yet, the concept that employees are the most important stakeholder not only holds true but has strengthened over the past few years. Behind the efforts to retain, attract, inform and support employees are hard-working Human Resources professionals who often go unrecognized for their contributions.

Ragan’s Platinum HR Awards recognize the people, the programs and the products that drive HR success. We invite you to enter this program to help amplify the outstanding work you and your colleagues in HR do every day. The program is divided into three sections: campaigns, people and technology. Judges will look to honor the entries that will shine a spotlight on the important contributions HR is making to an organization’s bottom line.

Entries are due May 20, 2022. There is a late-entry deadline on May 27, 2022, but additional late fees apply to all entries received after May 20, 2022. Ragan will honor the winners this fall and those who make the short list will receive editorial recognition on the Ragan networks, an awards trophy and profile and a marketing tool kit to help you promote you and your team’s accomplishments.



Share with us your most successful HR campaigns and initiatives in these categories.

 Crisis Management

Share a case study or initiatives to mitigate risk for your organization and manage your brand’s or executives’ reputation.

 DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion)

Recognizing measurable efforts to create and maintain a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace.

 Digital Culture

The workplace has changed – share the highlights of your digital workplace.

 Employee Communications

Recognizing the strategies and tactics to engage and inform employees, showing collaboration between Comms and HR departments.

 ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance)

Share how your HR department has supported your organization’s ESG goals.

 Learning & Development

Recognizing innovative programs to elevate your workforce.


Share your most successful efforts to attract talent to your organization.

 Talent Retention

Honoring the strategies and tactics to retain employees.

 Rewards & Benefits

Share how your benefits program/s are furthering your business goals and creating a healthier work environment.

 Strategic HR

This is where you tell us what makes your HR department tick and how the HR strategy aligns with and achieves overarching business goals.


Recognizing employee wellbeing strategies and tactics that have shown measurable success.


Who are the people driving your HR and making things happen?


They help others succeed.

 The Dynamic Do-ers

They get it done, and then some.

 The Leaders

They inspire, support and help teams succeed.

 Future Leaders (Age 40 or under)

Those age 40 or under who are breaking new ground.

 Team of the Year

A proven track record of collaboration and success.

 Hall of Fame (HR leaders with 15+ years in HR)

Recognizing outstanding HR leaders with 15+ years in HR.


Do you have a product or service that helps HR departments thrive? Tell us how your product or service is moving HR forward.


 Benefits & Rewards

 Compensation Management

 Employee Engagement

 Employee Recognition



 Health & Safety Compliance


 Labor Law

 Learning & Development


 Performance Management



 Time Tracking/Management

 Workforce Management


Take a moment to complete the entry form:

On the entry form, please include a synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your entry. Tell us why your campaign, product, service, individual or team should be selected as the winner. We ask that the synopsis is a minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 1,000 words and includes the following sub-headings (when applicable).

You will be able to upload additional documents to your submission. You are welcome to include press releases, creative concepts, data, testimonials and or anything else you feel will give us a better sense of your successes. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.


These awards are open to all organizations, as well as in-house, agency, independent practitioners and vendors in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your colleagues or clients.

Companies from around the world are welcome to enter; please submit your entry in English.

Contact Brendan Gannon to find the perfect category for your campaign or project. You can email or call 312-960-4407.

This year’s program is open to any work executed between May 1, 2021, and May 1, 2022, inclusive.


The fee for this program is $425 per entry.

A late fee of $199 per entry will be added to all entries received after 11:59 p.m. Central time, May 20, 2022.

Do you have a campaign,  product, service, individual or team you'd like to enter into multiple categories? Pay the original entry fee, and then only $199 for each additional category!

All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you apply?
Our awards program helps you measure the success of your work and prove the value of your contributions to your organization or clients. You can set yourself apart in the industry as an expert, which will open doors throughout your career. As a winner, you’ll earn publicity across our websites and social media audiences, a custom write-up about your success, an elegant trophy and more.
What does it take to be a winner?
We are looking for top-quality campaigns, initiatives, products, people and teams that show clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit your business. We encourage you to submit the same work into multiple categories, if you feel they are relevant. Doing so increases your chances of winning.
What are the entry requirements?
Tell us in 300-1,000 words about your work in the previous 12 months. See the How To Enter section for further information. You may also include supporting materials you believe will help our judges evaluate your entry.
Why are some deadlines extended?
We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
When will I find out results?
We try to announce a list of finalists eight weeks after the close of the program. Winners will then be announced about four weeks after the finalist announcement. Each announcement will be made with a headline on our website, in our daily email newsletter and on our social media platforms. Emails notify entrants of these announcements. As deadlines are extended, so are expected announcement dates.

Additional Questions

If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please email Brendan Gannon at or call 312-960-4407.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring this awards program, please contact Hannah Lavelle at 312-960-4628 or email

Ragan Communications is not responsible for international shipping fees related to trophies or certificates.