Workforce Magazine Announces 2014 Optimas Award Winners

Awards program recognizes transformational HR practices and strategies


Chicago, Dec. 8, 2014 — Workforce magazine has announced the winners of its 2014 Optimas Awards, which recognize human resources and workforce management initiatives that achieve tangible and measurable business results for the organization.

Now in its 23rd year, the Optimas Awards honor organizations using strategic human capital management to tackle critical business issues and transform the workplace. This year’s list of winners represents a wide range of successful initiatives that redefine how enterprises adapt to new technologies, transfer knowledge across generations, support employee health and well-being, partner with communities to improve lives and ensure a diverse and innovative workforce.

“This year’s crop of Optimas Award winners are both problem-solvers and visionaries,” said Mike Prokopeak, vice president and editor in chief of Human Capital Media, which publishes the magazine. “As the economic pressures of the past few years continue to ease, new trends such as health care reform, a shifting benefits landscape and the war for talent are changing the way the world does business. These leading organizations are proactively implementing human resources initiatives that capitalize on emerging opportunities and position them to prosper now and in the future.”

Each Optimas Award winner was singled out for implementing an effective solution in a specific category, with one company, Amtrak, being named the winner of the coveted General Excellence Award for excelling in several categories and making human resources a function that drives performance.

The following 2014 Optimas Awards winners are profiled in the December issue of Workforce magazine:

  • General Excellence
  • Benefits
    Gold: City of Kansas City, Missouri
    Silver: McKesson Corp.
  • Business Impact
    Gold: BorgWarner Inc. – Dixon, Illinois, Manufacturing Plant
    Silver: ConAgra Foods
  • Corporate Citizenship
    Gold: SRC Inc.
    Silver: InfoMart Inc.
  • Global Outlook
    Gold: SingTel
    Silver: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
  • Innovation
    Gold: Rehearsal VRP
    Silver: AIRINC
  • Managing Change
    Gold: University of Miami (Florida)
    Silver: Chesapeake Energy Corp.
  • Partnership
    Gold: Common Ground
    Silver: City of Peoria, Arizona
  • Recruiting
    Gold: General Motors Service Technical College
    Silver: Brad’s Deals
  • Training
    Gold: G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.
    Silver: Allied Bank Limited
  • Vision
    Gold: Year Up
    Silver: University of California Riverside School of Medicine

For more information about the Optimas Awards, please visit


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