Before they click apply, candidates are looking for proof of what your employer brand is really like more than ever – and Best Place to Work awards are one of the best ways to provide this proof.
This is why, if you visit any company’s careers site or social media that invests seriously in employer branding, you’ll see their award badges (i.e. “Best Workplace for DEI” or “Best Workplace for Women”) they’ve earned front and center.
Because they’re typically based on employee reviews, performance or other 3rd-party assessments, these awards serve to candidates as much more trustworthy proof of your employer brand than general claims.
To help you start racking up Best Place to Work awards of your own, here are 11 award areas you may want to consider applying to.
Rally note: We update this list regularly, so be sure to bookmark this page to stay updated on the latest best place to work awards.
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.
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.
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.
4. Fairygodboss Awards
Fairygodboss is the largest career community for women that provides free resources and an inclusive environment to help women succeed in their careers. Millions of women visit Fairygodboss for career connections, jobs, community advice, virtual events and hard-to-find intel about how companies treat women.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. The Gallup Exceptional Workplace Awards
The Gallup Exceptional Workplace Awards celebrates organizations that are committed to developing human potential, to reaching new heights of what’s humanly possible with cultures that change the way the world works.
Who’s eligible: Organizations that meet the standards set by Gallup’s Q12 Survey, their recurring workplace study. Read rules of entry here.
10. Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards
The Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards (PSWAs) are a national, evidence-based annual competition that measures the employee experience with respect to workplace mental health. They are for organizations looking to position themselves as a leader in workplace mental health and be part of the solution.
Who’s eligible: Organizations must meet the following criteria:
- Have at least 30 Canadian-based employees in their organization (full-time or part-time)
- Meet a minimum participation rate for the Mental Fitness Index (MFI) assessment, based on total number of employees.
11. The Disability Equality Index® (DEI®)
AAPD and Disability: IN’s Disability Equality Index recognizes companies taking measurable, tangible actions to achieve disability inclusion and equality in the workplace. Use of the “DEI Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion” name is an exclusive benefit for the companies that score an 80 or above on the DEI.
Who’s eligible: Organizations that adhere to many of the numerous leading disability inclusion practices featured in the DEI. Read eligibility information here.
Looking for even more resources to help you build and maintain a positive employer brand? Check out our 19 Employer Review Sites to Put on Your Radar.
Earning awards, building positive reviews and performing similar Recruitment Marketing work is absolutely essential. Combine this with the fact that it can also be very challenging, and you have the reasoning for our annual Rally Awards.
Recognizing and celebrating excellence in Recruitment Marketing and employer branding practices by individuals, teams and employers, the Rally Awards are another award to consider adding to your list (this one’s more for you and your team).
Don’t miss your chance to get recognized at the 2023 Rally Awards by joining the Rally Recruitment Marketing community today!