OMAHA, Neb--Quantum Workplace, a leading provider of comprehensive employee engagement and performance software, announced today the winners of its annual Employee Voice Award (EVA).

Quantum Workplace’s EVA honors organizations that excel in the employee engagement arena. To be considered, award candidates must have demonstrated their dedication to making work better every day through collecting, analyzing and acting upon employee feedback. These organizations are ensuring their employees feel valued and heard. These entities also understand that both employee and business success go hand-in-hand. The companies are selected for their efforts in making a difference in workplace culture while positioning themselves as employers of choice.

This year, Quantum Workplace honored one company each across four different categories:

  • Category: Change Navigator – Recognizes entities that have successfully navigated a change management strategy and helped employees adapt through transition.
    Company: BKD CPAs & Advisors, Springfield, Mo.
    BKD CPAs & Advisors, one of the largest U.S. accounting and advisory firms, was awarded the Change Navigator Award, which recognizes companies for successfully navigating a change management strategy. BKD redesigned performance management to enhance and support more timely and relevant feedback for employees. BKD was honored for shifting from a traditional, time-consuming approach to a more agile one that encourages employee-owned growth. The change resulted in more consistent, ongoing and effective manager-employee conversations, and also revealed that nine out of 10 employees would recommend the new program to others.
  • Category: Excellence in Engagement - Recognizes entities that have demonstrated their commitment to creating an outstanding workplace culture.
    Company: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Mass.
    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of RNA interference therapeutics for genetically defined diseases, was awarded the Excellence in Engagement Award. Alnylam moved from providing observational insights to data-driven intelligence for employees, using engagement and pulse surveys. Their findings led to several new initiatives, which strengthen their people-first culture and allows the company to retain talent amid the highly competitive market in which it operates. Company turnover rate is now 28 percent below industry average (according to industry reports).
  • Category: Quantum Transformation - Recognizes entities that have implemented an employee engagement strategy that drove workplace transformation.
    Company: ChenMed, Miami, Fla.
    ChenMed, a value-based VIP primary care provider for seniors on Medicare Advantage, was bestowed the Quantum Transformation Award for its ability to transform its culture. Relying heavily on insights from engagement and pulse surveys, ChenMed focused on initiatives consistent with its vision to become America’s leading primary care provider in transforming care of the neediest populations. Initiatives included teambuilding and volunteer opportunities, employee-led culture committees, ambassador programs, lifecycle surveys and recognition programs. These programs resulted in decreased levels of both turnover and involuntary terminations, and a five percent increase in the favorability of ChenMed’s employer brand.
  • Category: Teamwork Triumph - Recognizes entities that shifted employee engagement efforts from solely a human resources (HR)-focused function to one championed by non-HR teams within the organization, emphasizing companywide commitment to workplace culture.
    Company: Monotype, Woburn, Mass.
    Monotype, which empowers creative minds to build and express authentic brands through design, technology and expertise, was presented the Teamwork Triumph Award, recognizing efforts of their non-HR-based, cross-functional team, created to take ownership of key employee initiatives. This team, comprised of leaders across the organization, was responsible for conducting engagement and pulse surveys, implementing reward and recognition programs, and strengthening employee communication. Their efforts decentralized employee engagement and workplace culture from solely an HR function by transforming it into a companywide commitment. After the team was implemented, the company saw an 18 percent increase in favorability regarding employees’ understanding and alignment of strategies and goals.

“It is always an honor to present our annual EVA to customers that have truly shifted their enterprises. These companies are putting the feedback they collect to work by facilitating change, shifting their workplace cultures and working toward positively affecting employee engagement across their entire organizations,” explained Greg Harris, Quantum Workplace co-founder and chief executive officer.

“Each of these customers demonstrated the power and benefits of the employee engagement tools they executed, and how they successfully impacted and improved the employee experience and culture. They are all well-deserving of their respective recognitions,” Harris added.

As part of the application process, all candidates provided Quantum Workplace with a narrative and supporting documentation that included a description of the challenge they faced, the strategy and solutions employed to overcome it along with metrics to demonstrate how their efforts led to employee and business success.