Entry Deadline: Dec. 3, 2021

Organizations that are mindful of their employees’ wellbeing are thriving.

You know that your employees’ mental, physical, social and financial health affects not only their personal lives—it can also impact their workplace productivity. Not to mention, prioritizing employee wellness within your organization helps you attract and retain the industry’s top talent.

Ragan’s Workplace Wellness Awards, which benchmarks the most effective corporate wellbeing programs worldwide, is your opportunity to receive recognition for your initiatives that are translating into a more productive, engaged and healthy workforce. We will also recognize the individuals and teams who champion their employees and are behind these successful initiatives.

By entering Ragan’s Workplace Wellness Awards you are contributing to the body of knowledge around impactful corporate wellbeing programs and you will help boost awareness of this critical area of organizational sustainability and growth.

The Awards are open to organizations worldwide and will be judged by a panel of industry experts. Winners will be announced in the Spring of 2022 and will receive an award trophy, editorial coverage across our websites, social media shoutouts and digital badges to help you display your honor.

You know that being mindful of employees’ mental, physical and professional health is not a nice-to-do thing, it is a strategic imperative for corporations. Get the recognition you and your team deserve by entering Ragan’s Workplace Wellness Awards by Dec. 3, 2021!

HOW TO ENTER

Program or Initiative Entry

On the entry form, please include a thorough synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your entry. Tell us why your wellness program or initiative 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).

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

Individual or Team Entry

If submitting a nomination on behalf of yourself or another individual, tell us in 300 to 1,000 words about the nominee’s accomplishments in the previous 12 months. Please include specific initiatives or projects that have distinguished the nominee among their peers. When applicable, please include the following sub-headings:

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

If submitting a Team of the Year entry, tell us about the team's accomplishments from the past year. Please include examples of projects or initiatives that have proved beneficial to their organization. We ask that the synopsis is a minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 1,000 words. When applicable, please include the following sub-headings:

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

You also may include other information that you feel strengthens your entry.

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.

You will be able to upload additional documents to your submission. We encourage you to include press releases, design concepts, videos, analytics, testimonials and anything else you feel will give us a better sense of your project. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.

Supporting documents that can’t be uploaded to the system should be mailed to:

Brendan Gannon
Ragan Communications
10 S. LaSalle St., Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60603

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

These awards are open to in-house, agency and independent employee wellness practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your client.

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 call 312-960-4407 or email brendang@ragan.com.

This year’s program is open to any work executed between Dec. 1, 2020, and Dec. 1, 2021, inclusive.

ENTRY FEES

The fee for this program is $425 per entry.

A late fee of $199 per entry will be added to all entries after 11:59 p.m. Central time, Dec. 3, 2021.

Do you have an initiative, program, 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.

A late fee of $100 per entry will be added to all entries after 11:59 p.m. Central time, Dec. 3, 2021.

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CATEGORIES

OUTSTANDING WELLNESS PROGRAMS

 Large Organization (more than 1,000 employees)

 Mid-Size Organization (between 100-999 employees)

 Small Organization (less than 100 employees)

INITIATIVES/PROGRAMS

 Employee Benefits

 Employee Engagement

 Financial Health/Wellbeing

Offerings that effectively help employees manage their economic life and thrive financially.

 Mental Health/Wellbeing

A campaign or ongoing initiative focused on employees’ mental and emotional wellbeing.

 Organizational

Recognizing strong infrastructure and systems in place to foster a healthy workplace.

 Physical Health/Wellbeing

Fitness programs, obesity, diabetes and other programs to improve employees’ physical health.

 Professional Health/Wellbeing

Career training and professional development initiatives that are moving the needle for your employees.

 Social Health/Wellbeing

Initiatives that promote a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace.

 Vaccination Incentive Program

 Wellness Measurement Program

 Women’s Health/Wellbeing

 Work-From-Home Health/Wellbeing

 Working Parents Health/Wellbeing

PEOPLE & TEAMS OF THE YEAR

 Chief Culture Officer (CCO) of the Year

 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Year

Saluting the top executives who walk the talk of wellness and support meaningful initiatives year-round.

 Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of the Year

 Chief People Officer (CPO) of the Year

 Coach of the Year

Recognizing your top coaches spanning physical, financial and mental health initiatives.

 HR Leader

Saluting those in Human Resources who are championing wellness strategy and managing a team executing the plan.

 Wellness Communicator of the Year

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?

 Wellness Professional of the Year

Recognizing individuals whose main responsibility is furthering their organization’s wellness strategy and initiatives. We’ll be honoring wellness professionals at all levels and at organizations of all sizes.

 Teams of Year

Collaboration across departments (HR, Finance, Marketing, Communications, C-Suite) is critical to an effective wellness strategy. What does your wellness team look like?

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you apply?
In addition to being feted and receiving a crystal trophy, winners will also be recognized online in a special section of Ragan’s Workplace Wellness Website, www.raganwellness.com, and in associated newsletters and social media. You will also receive a digital badge and other materials to help you tout your honor.
Who can enter?
Global organizations are welcomed – this awards program recognizes companies worldwide, as long as the entry is submitted in English.
What does it take to be a winner?
We are looking for top-quality initiatives, programs, individuals or teams that show clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit their business, employees or client. Please provide metrics and results that back up your claims, and share creative collateral such as photos, videos, testimonials of your wellness-related work. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded. We encourage you to submit the same program, initiative, individual or team into multiple categories, if you feel they are relevant. Doing so increases your chances of winning.
What are the entry requirements?
Program or Initiative Entry On the entry form, please include a thorough synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your entry. Tell us why your wellness program or initiative 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).
  • Goals
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Execution
  • Evaluation: success, results or ROI
Individual or Team Entry If submitting a nomination on behalf of yourself or another individual, tell us in 300 to 1,000 words about the nominee’s accomplishments in the previous 12 months. Please include specific initiatives or projects that have distinguished the nominee among their peers. When applicable, please include the following sub-headings:
  • Goals
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Execution
  • Evaluation: success, results or ROI
If submitting a Team of the Year entry, tell us about the team's accomplishments from the past year. Please include examples of projects or initiatives that have proved beneficial to their organization. We ask that the synopsis is a minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 1,000 words. When applicable, please include the following sub-headings:
  • Goals
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Execution
  • Evaluation: success, results or ROI
You also may include other information that you feel strengthens your entry. 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. You will be able to upload additional documents to your submission. We encourage you to include press releases, design concepts, videos, analytics, testimonials and anything else you feel will give us a better sense of your project. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public. Supporting documents that can’t be uploaded to the system should be mailed to: Brendan Gannon Ragan Communications 10 S. LaSalle St., Suite 310 Chicago, IL 60603
Why are some deadlines extended?
We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
Who are the judges?
We currently work exclusively with external judging partners. We are not looking for new judges for our programs at this time.
When will I find out results?
We will announce finalists in spring of 2022. The announcement of the winners comes about four weeks after the announcement of the finalists. 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 in advance 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 call Brendan Gannon at 312-960-4407 or email brendang@ragan.com.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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

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