Magazine article Workforce Management

Are You 'Among the Best'?

Magazine article Workforce Management

Are You 'Among the Best'?

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I hope you'll enter this year's Workforce Management Optimas Awards and tell us what your organization is doing that is worthy and impressive-and delivers superior bottom-line business results.


DESPITE HOW much I like to write about bad management practices (as I did here last time with my annual Stupidus Maximus Award), most people gravitate to the good stuff. They want to know about the really wonderful business initiatives that make great companies stand out.

I can't say I blame them. Learning about what makes successful organizations tick helps anyone who is serious about business figure out what it takes to take their own organization to the next level.

There are lots of awards, books and case studies that focus on top-notch business performance, from "best places to work" lists to such books as Good to Great and Built to Last. But none of those focuses on the people management practices that drive an organization's bottom-line business results. And, that's where Workforce Management's annual Optimas Awards come in.

Now in their 19th year, the Optimas Awards honor organizations that exemplify the skill and ingenuity it takes to succeed in the 21st century. The organizations we honor each year have reinvented the workplace, streamlined government HR processes, created innovative partnerships, confronted talent shortages, saved a corporate reputation, nurtured a learning environment in a fast-paced business setting, and sidestepped the pitfalls of an acquisition, to name but a few of the Optimas winners' accomplishments.

More important, Optimos Award winners prove that astute workforce management can be practiced anywhere: in family businesses and the public sector, in the Fortune 500 and in small organizations, in big cities and on the farm - in industries of every sort, in other words.

The Optimas Awards process is fairly simple. Organizations can nominate themselves, or, they can be nominated by someone eise (a consultant, for example), in one of 10 different categories. All of the information is on our Web site, at www., but the real key to a winning entry is the ability to demonstrate how a workforce initiative achieved measurable bottomline business success in response to the organization's business needs, issues or challenges. …

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