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Elevate Your Workplace with Ragan's Workplace Wellness Awards!

Are you ready to showcase your organization's commitment to employee well-being and stand out as an organization that prioritizes its employees' mental, physical, social and financial wellness?

Ragan’s Workplace Wellness Awards are here to celebrate your dedication to creating a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.

This prestigious awards program recognizes the innovative programs and initiatives that companies like yours are taking to prioritize wellness within the workplace. Whether you're promoting physical health, mental resilience or fostering a culture of work-life balance, your efforts deserve to be recognized and celebrated.

Don't miss this chance to spotlight your wellness initiatives and share your success strategies. Join us in shaping the future of work by exemplifying the best in workplace wellness. Submit your entries to the Ragan’s Workplace Wellness Awards, and showcase your dedication to employee well-being.



 Large Organization (more than 1,000 employees)

 Mid-Size Organization (between 100-999 employees)

 Small Organization (less than 100 employees)


 Large Organization (more than 1,000 employees)

 Mid-Size Organization (between 100-999 employees)

 Small Organization (less than 100 employees)


 DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion)

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

 Digital Culture

This category shines a spotlight on how you’re leveraging technology to develop and maintain a healthy workforce.

 Employee Benefits

Share how your benefits programs are creating a healthier work environment.

 Employee Engagement

This category recognizes organizations that keep employees engaged and informed of important company information.

 Employee Experience

This category celebrates organizations that prioritize and enhance the overall journey of their employees within the workplace, focusing on factors such as engagement, well-being and personal development. Winners in this category have demonstrated a commitment to creating a positive, inclusive and empowering work environment, resulting in a remarkable employee experience that fosters productivity and satisfaction.

 ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance)

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

 Financial Wellness

Recognizing the programs, services or resources you offer to employees that help them plan for financial success.

 HR and Communications Collaboration

We want to shine a spotlight on outstanding cross-department collaboration, between HR and Communications.

 Learning & Development

Recognizing innovative programs to educate, upskill and inspire your workforce.

 Mental Health Initiatives

Share the ways that you prioritize and support your employees’ mental health.

 Organizational Safety

Recognizing the importance of safe physical workplaces, how does your organization stand out?

 Physical Wellness

Share the campaigns, programs and initiatives that you offer which promote employees’ physical health.

 Professional Wellness

Tell us about the professional development programs and initiatives you offer employees to help them advance in their careers.

 Social Wellbeing

Share the campaigns, programs and initiatives that provide a sense of social belonging among your workforce.

 Strategic HR

This is where you tell us what makes your HR department tick and how the HR strategy — particularly your focus on employee wellbeing — aligns with your organization’s business goals.

 Talent Recruitment

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

 Talent Retention

Spotlighting the strategies and tactics to retain employees.

 Wellness Measurement Program

We want to hear how you are measuring the effectiveness of your wellness programs.

 Women’s Health/Wellbeing

What special offerings do you provide for female employees at your organization?

 Work-From-Home Strategies

Tell us how you are keeping your dispersed workforce, particularly those working from home, engaged and present at work.

 Work-Life Balance

This category recognizes organizations that have excelled in promoting a balance between professional responsibilities and personal well-being, creating an environment where employees can thrive in both their career and personal lives. Winners in this category have demonstrated innovative policies and practices that foster work-life balance, leading to enhanced employee satisfaction and overall workplace wellness.

 Working Parents/Caregivers Health/Wellbeing

We will recognize employers offering exceptional services and programs to families and working parents.


 Top HR Team (HR team of 25+ people)

 Top HR Team (HR team of 10-24 people)

 Top HR Team (Small HR team of 2-9 people)


 Hall of Fame

Recognizing outstanding HR leaders with 20+ years’ experience.

 CEO of the Year

Saluting the top executives who walk the talk of wellness and support and invest in wellness programs.

 CHRO of the Year

Saluting the Chief Human Resources Officers who lead year-round initiatives focused on employee wellbeing and engagement.

 Culture Officer of the Year

Saluting the Chief Culture Officers who walk the talk of wellness and support successful initiatives year-round.

 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader

These leaders take action to ensure their organization promotes a workplace that champions diversity, equity and inclusion.

 Financial Wellbeing Champion

These leaders offer guidance and support for helping employees create a financial plan to maintain financial stability and mitigate anxiety.

 HR Leaders to Watch

These human resource professionals are always on top of their game and keep employees informed of all the latest must-know HR information, resources, news and more.


We’ll highlight those who stay ahead of the curve and find new and creative ways to achieve HR goals.

 Mental Health Leader

These leaders ensure employees’ mental wellbeing is a priority at their organization and offer support and resources for workers.


We’ll shine a spotlight on those who take future leaders under their wings and teach them how to fly.

 Rising Stars (Age 30 or Under)

This cohort represents the industry’s up-and-comers in HR and wellness.

 Social Wellbeing Leader

They ensure employees feel a sense of belonging within the organization by championing their diverse ideas and backgrounds and leading with respect.

 Sustainability Champion

This leader does their part to make a positive impact on the natural world and its condition.

 Team Leader

We’ll recognize those who lead with confidence, empathy and purpose.

 Total Rewards Leader

Shining a spotlight on the strategists and supporters of impactful employee benefits programs.

 Wellness Communicator

It’s one thing to have a great wellness program and another to communicate it to the masses. Who’s leading the wellness communications at your organization?


On the entry form, be sure to include a thorough synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your entry. The synopsis should be 350 to 900 words and include the following sub-headings (when applicable):

  • Goals
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Execution
  • Evaluation: success, results or ROI

Be sure to follow the guidelines laid out in the category descriptions, as the judges will look for those elements when they select the winners.

When entering the “Top People” category, please provide background information, current job title and at least 2 supporting examples of why this person deserves to win in the category. We also recommend a link to the nominees’ LinkedIn profile.

You will be able to upload additional documents, links, videos and URLs to your submission. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.


The award program is open to in-house teams, agencies and individual practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Vendors may also submit their work or their client’s work. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your clients.

Companies from around the world are welcome to enter as long as the entry is submitted in English.

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

This year’s program is open to any work executed between Nov. 1, 2022, and Nov. 10, 2023, inclusive.


The fee for this program is $475 per entry into standard categories, and $550 per entry into Grand Prize categories.

A late fee of $250 per entry will be added to all entries received after 11:59 p.m. Central time, Nov. 10, 2023.

Do you have a campaign, project or team you'd like to enter into multiple categories? Pay the original entry fee, and then only $250 for each additional category!

All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you apply?

By participating in Ragan's Workplace Wellness Awards, you will:

  • Showcase Your Dedication: This is your opportunity to put a spotlight on your organization's commitment to employee well-being. By participating, you'll demonstrate that your workplace values health, happiness and holistic wellness.
  • Gain Recognition and Prestige: Winning an award in Ragan’s Workplace Wellness Award elevates your brand's reputation, showcasing your excellence in fostering a healthy work environment. Gain the recognition you deserve and enhance your industry credibility.
  • Earn Media Coverage Winners receive Editorial coverage across Ragan's widely read websites and in its daily e-letters.
  • And so much more!
Who can enter?
Entries may be submitted by organizations worldwide. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English. The program is open to in-house, agency, independent communication practitioners and vendors in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors.
What does it take to be a winner?
We look for top-quality work that shows clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit your business or client. Please provide metrics or results that back up your claims, and share creative collateral such as videos, visual design or websites that were a part of your project. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded. We encourage you to submit the same campaign to multiple categories, if you feel they are relevant. Doing so increases your chances of winning. You'll also save on multiple submissions of the same campaign or project.
Why are some deadlines extended?
We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
When will I find out results?
Finalists will be announced in spring 2024. Winners will be announced 4 weeks after finalists.

Additional Questions

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

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring one of Ragan Communications’ award programs, please contact Hannah Lavelle at 312-960-4628 or email

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