BKD Recognized for its Redesigned Performance Management Programs, Developed in Conjunction with Quantum Workplace 

OMAHA, Neb.--Quantum Workplace, a leading provider of comprehensive employee engagement and performance software, announced today that its customer, BKD CPAs & Advisors, one of the 15 largest U.S. accounting and advisory firms, was named winner in the 2020 Brandon Hall HCM Excellence Awards.

BKD ranked in the Best Advance in Performance Management category, earning a Bronze award. Working in close collaboration with Quantum Workplace, BKD redesigned its performance management program to enhance and support more timely and relevant feedback for employees. The new program was recognized by Brandon Hall Group for reinventing performance management programs, which support a culture of continuous coaching and feedback, enabling greater performance and increased engagement. In 2019, BKD shifted its performance management efforts 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.

Award entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts as well as Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives. Results were determined by the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits. All winners are listed at here.

"BKD set out on a mission to restructure its performance management programs and initiatives. In addition to this prominent acknowledgement from Brandon Hall Group, BKD was also honored for the same program in Quantum Workplace’s own annual Employee Voice Award (EVA) program. Clearly, the strides they made in transforming culture, fostered greater engagement and delivered higher performance levels. It is shifts like this that clearly demonstrate how the power of the intelligence, software technology and strategies we deliver to our customers are reaping the results they desire across their workplaces. That is what is truly rewarding," stated Greg Harris, co-founder and chief executive officer at Quantum Workplace.

“The partnership we have forged with Quantum Workplace is significantly impacting our workplace culture. Our team is realizing notable change in their communications, which is ultimately affecting performance. Quantum Workplace’s understanding of our needs has helped strengthen our culture and led us to this prestigious honor. We are grateful for the judges’ recognition of this collaboration and our internal successes,” added Julie Cummings, chief human resources officer at BKD.

“Organizations around the world highly value Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards – so much so that we received a record number of applications in the middle of a global pandemic,” said Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group COO, and leader of the HCM Excellence Awards Program. “The awards provide valuable recognition and validation of best practices in all areas of HCM at a time when they have never been more important to both employers and employees.”

“The Excellence Awards serve the critical function of reinforcing the essential business benefit of creating great experiences for candidates and employees,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said. “All award winners must demonstrate that their HCM programs drive bottom-line business results. That’s what sets our awards program apart from all others.”

Excellence Awards winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, January 26-28, 2021, at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Florida. Select winners also will serve as presenters in breakout sessions, sharing their leading practices during the conference.


About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group is an HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management. With more than 10,000 clients globally and 25 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.


About BKD

Springfield. Mo.-based BKD CPAs & Advisors is a top-tier U.S. CPA and advisory firm that helps people and businesses realize their goals. We have 40 offices in 18 states, with approximately 2,900 dedicated professionals who offer solutions for clients in all 50 states and internationally.