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8 Workplace Awards to Strengthen Your Employer Brand

8 Workplace Awards to Strengthen Your Employer Brand
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Written by Erica Howes

Reputation is an important part of building your employer brand, and nothing helps reputation like winning an award! To help you rack up the accolades, we’ve put together a list of the top 8 employer & workplace awards to enter in 2022.

8 Workplace Awards to Strengthen Your Employer Brand
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With 82% of today’s candidates considering employer brand and company reputation before applying for a job, your candidates are looking for trustworthy proof of your company culture before they click “apply.” 

Workplace awards are a great way to back up your claims, because they are typically earned based on reviews and surveys from your employees. If you’ve visited any company’s careers page, careers website, careers blog or social media that invests seriously in employer branding, you’ll surely see the various award badges front and center.

Here’s a list of the 8 employer awards to apply to in 2022.

1. The Inspiring Workplace Awards

The Inspiring Workplace Awards (formerly Employee Engagement Awards) exist to provide a platform to recognize great places to work and the roles within them across a variety of different categories. This includes awards recognizing wellbeing, culture change, diversity, innovation, leadership, communications or the overall organization itself.

Who’s eligible: It varies. Organizations entering must be based in the specified awards region, have directly employed staff in the region, or registered to operate in the region. Both HQ and regional offices can enter. Read rules of entry here.
Cost: $100 – $250
Deadline: March 24th

2. Great Place to Work Certification

Great Place to Work offers the only program that can recognize your workplace in more than 60 countries and automatically qualify you for awards from large publications like People and Fortune. It’s a great way to qualify for a number of awards at once.

Who’s eligible: In general, companies that:

  • Have at least 10 full- and/or part-time employees
  • Are Great Place to Work-Certified as of the list deadline
  • To become Certified, companies must survey their employees using their flagship assessment, the Trust Index© and complete a Culture Brief.
  • Certain lists may require more employees (50+). Please contact them for specifics if you’re interested in a particular list.

Cost: Varies.
Deadline: Varies depending on location.

3. Glassdoor Awards

Each year, Glassdoor offers two awards celebrating outstanding employers and leaders throughout the world. The Employees’ Choice Awards, based entirely on employee feedback, recognize the Best Places to Work and Top CEOs.

Who’s eligible: Any company with employee-submitted reviews on Glassdoor.
Cost: No cost.
Deadline: 

  • Best Places to Work: Late October
  • Top CEOs: Early May

4. Fairygodboss Awards

Fairygodboss awards are determined by anonymous reviews left on the platform by women relating to overall job satisfaction, perceived gender equality at work and recommendations to other women about working at their employer, respectively.

Who’s eligible: Any company with submitted reviews on Fairygodboss.
Cost: No cost.
Deadline: Ongoing.

5. Comparably Awards

Each quarter, Comparably honors companies with Best Places to Work Awards, as rated by their own employees, across a variety of categories.

Who’s eligible: Companies with more than 500 employees need at least 75 employees to write reviews to qualify, and companies with fewer than 500 employees need at least 25 employee reviews to qualify.
Cost: No cost.
Deadline: Varies. 

Rally note: The Glassdoor, Fairygodboss and Comparably Awards are all great examples of why it’s important to encourage and incentivize your team to leave employer reviews about their experiences with your company — they could qualify you for awards without any extra effort!

6. Top Workplaces Awards

Top Workplaces offers credible, year-round employer recognition across a variety of categories based solely on employee feedback captured by the Energage Workplace Survey. 

Who’s eligible: Organizations must employ a minimum of 150 employees. They also have to administer their employee engagement survey.
Cost: No cost.
Deadline: Varies.

7. Fast Company Awards

Fast Company offers a variety of workplace awards, most notably its Best Workplaces for Innovators which celebrates company cultures that empower employees at all levels to improve processes, create new products or invent new ways of doing business.

Who’s eligible: Companies and nonprofits of all sizes that can demonstrate with proof exactly how they encourage innovative thinking across the entire organization.
Cost: 

  • January 8 – February 26: $495
  • February 26 – March 19: $695

Deadline: March 19th.

8. Well Workplace Awards

WELCOA’s Well Workplace Awards recognize America’s healthiest companies as graded by their 7 Benchmarks of Success.

Who’s eligible: You must be a WELCOA Member organization. This means you must have at least one representative from your organization with an active WELCOA Membership.
Cost: Cost of a WELCOA membership.
Deadline: Ongoing.

Be sure to add these dates to your calendar for the coming months so that you can plan ahead for your award submissions! 

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To recognize your own team’s incredible Recruitment Marketing work from the past year, don’t forget to add the Rally Awards to your calendar too! Submissions are opening in early 2022. 

The Rally Awards is an exciting global competition recognizing and celebrating excellence in recruitment marketing and employer branding practices by individuals, teams and employers.

Cost and deadlines:

  • January 31, 2022: $395 per entry
  • February 15, 2022: $495 per entry 

Learn about the 2021 Rally Award winners here

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About the Author

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Erica Howes

Erica Howes is a Content Contributor for Rally and the Employer Brand Content Manager at The Employer Brand Shop. She enjoys connecting with Recruitment Marketing professionals in the Rally community to write about their stories, hear their experiences with industry challenges and share best practices.

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