Jan. 17, 2017 — WASHINGTON, D.C. — WorldatWork, a nonprofit HR association and compensation authority, is proud to announce that a record 160 organizations have been awarded the prestigious Seal of Distinction. The Seal is a unique mark of excellence designed to identify organizations with a strong total rewards portfolio that delivers a positive workforce experience. All of the 2017 recipients will be recognized during the WorldatWork Total Rewards Conference & Exhibition, May 7-10, in Washington, D.C.
"We congratulate all of the recipients of the 2017 Seal of Distinction. These recipients represent a wide variety of industries from across the United States and Canada, and show that the total rewards model applies to employers and employees everywhere," stated Anne C. Ruddy, president and CEO of WorldatWork. "This year, we saw the highest number of applicants since the Seal of Distinction was created. I'm confident that this means an increasing number of companies are recognizing the importance of a workplace environment that benefits both the employer and employee."
Launched in 2012, the prestigious Seal of Distinction is awarded to companies that meet defined standards of workplace programs, policies and practices weighted on several factors, such as the complexity of implementation, required organizational resources, perceived breadth of access and overall level of commitment from leadership. Applicants are evaluated on:
This year's recipients represent a range of industries, including education, finance, government, health, law, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. The 2017 list is evenly split between companies that are first-time Seal of Distinction recipients and prior awardees. In addition, 11 organizations have qualified every year since WorldatWork started presenting the Seal of Distinction in 2012.
"In recent years, we've added additional criteria to the defined standards for the Seal of Distinction, recognizing the evolving way total rewards professionals work to create a mutually beneficial work environment," said Alison Avalos, Senior Manager, Research and Certification at WorldatWork. "With a record level of recipients this year, I'm pleased to see our efforts to expand this recognition is working. Companies that receive this recognition show concrete evidence to their employees, competitors and the general public that they focus considerable attention on creating a positive work environment."
Complete list of 2017 Seal of Distinction recipients*:
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*The state listing represents the location of the office from which the Seal of Distinction application was submitted. Many of these companies have locations in multiple states and countries.
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