DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING YOUR COMPANY FOR CONSIDERATION is July 31, 2011.
Now that I have your attention... what deadline you ask? For what?
50 Most Engaged Workplaces
Full transparency – ILR and I have collaborated in the past (and hopefully will in the future) on some thought leadership stuff. They’ve done a good job of looking at the recognition space and asking different questions that lead to better solutions. And you know I’m all about better solutions.
I’ve never used ILR for any fulfillment so this isn’t an endorsement per se – but they do challenge the status quo and I do like that.
And – I’m a judge (more on this below).
But on to the point of the post...
You Should Apply
- You just might be chosen and be one of only 50 companies in the US (or Canada – there are two weight classes) who can claim to be “Most Engaged” – that’s not a bad thing when it comes to recruitment and retention right?
- If you don’t qualify, or aren’t chosen, just reviewing the criteria will give you an outline of what the best practices/principles of engaged companies are. The simple act of reviewing your company against the standards established by this effort provides you with a starting point for your organization to develop the tools and practices that ultimately could land you in this rarified air of “most engaged.”
- There’s a party. It’s nice to nominated but we all know the real deal is the PARTY. And there’s one for the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces as well. One in the US on October 26 and one in Canada on November 15st.
You want to be there. You need to be there.
But...Do you have the right stuff? Does your company “engage” you? Do you want to be part of a gala event and be recognized? Sure you do...
Here's the skinny...
ILR is sponsoring the 2nd annual 50 Most Engaged Workplaces and in their infinite wisdom, they have asked me, along with Dr. Bob Nelson author of 1001 Ways to Reward Employees (now in its 55th printing), Stacia Sherman from Bersin & Associates, Debbie McGrath from HR.Com and Razor Suleman – Founder/CEO of ILR – to be the judges for this award. (plain bills, small denominations, leave behind the dumpster at 4th and Elm.. kidding... KIDDDING!)
What It Is...
To steal blatantly from the site...
Entering their second year, the purpose of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Awards is to inspire enhancements to the workplace by highlighting and championing the growth of employee-centric organizations worldwide.
Employee engagement is how each individual employee connects with your company and with your customers. An engaged employee is fully involved in and enthusiastic about his or her work. Engaged employees are committed, passionate and inspired – and they inspire others by example. They care about the future of the company and are willing to invest the discretionary effort to see that the organization succeeds. This year, the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Awards will double in size and award 50 U.S.-based companies as well as 50 Canadian companies.
The Judges (me) will be looking at the various submissions to the award with these criteria in mind:
- Rewards and Recognition
- Professional and Personal Growth
- Accountability and Performance
- Vision and Values
- Corporate Responsibility
Who Won Last Year... Here's a sample from the list...
Delta Hotels and Resorts
Kootenay Credit Savings Union
Mercedes Benz USA
|Molson Coors Canada
Sirius Satellite Radio
Young and Rubicam
You wanna see your name on that list dontcha? Yeah... I know.
So ... go to the site... fill out the submission form – go buy that “little black dress” or that tuxedo t-shirt – and plan on being part of the elite 50 who know what it means to engage their employees.
I might even be giving away I2I Bobble heads – logo and all!