2017 WhatWorks® Award Program

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FAQs

What is the Bersin by Deloitte WhatWorks® Award Program?

How many organizations will be selected for recognition as Bersin by Deloitte WhatWorks Award recipients?

What organizations should apply?

How is this program different from other award programs?

What is the deadline for applications?

Who are the judges?

How do I apply?

How do I submit my application form(s)?

Is there an application fee?

May I apply in more than one category?

When will the finalists and the ultimate award program recipient be notified?

Is the program open to organizations outside of the United States?

How much detail should the application include?

What do the finalists, including the ultimate award recipient, receive?

How do vendors, suppliers and consultants participate?

What happens if a finalist is disqualified?

Who can I contact for more information?

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Q. What is the Bersin by Deloitte WhatWorks Award Program?
A. Bersin by Deloitte's WhatWorks Award Program is a research-driven program designed to identify and recognize organizations that have developed and executed HR, talent or learning related programs, processes or initiatives efficiently and with significant business improvements.

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Q. How many organizations will be selected for recognition as Bersin by Deloitte WhatWorks Award recipients?
A. Bersin by Deloitte will select five finalists and one ultimate award recipient. Each year, our intent is to recognize the best submissions in each of our five award categories:

  • Transforming HR
  • Developing Tomorrow's Leaders
  • Enabling High-Impact Learning
  • Acquiring Top Talent
  • Optimizing Talent Management

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Q. What organizations should apply?
A. Corporate, government, and non-profit organizations of all sizes and across industries with exemplary HR, learning, and/or talent programs and initiatives who wish to share best practices. You should apply regardless of the size of your organization — the program is specifically designed with different segments to give organizations of all sizes a chance to receive an award.

Solution providers and consultants may also participate by nominating customers. Please be sure that the application is developed in the customer organization's name, from the customer perspective, and with the customer's approval.

Deloitte member firms are ineligible for the award.

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Q. How is this program different from other award programs?
A. The Bersin by Deloitte WhatWorks Award Program is the only research-based program currently conducted for HR, enterprise learning and talent management. Applicants are judged on documented benchmark criteria established by Bersin by Deloitte over years of quantitative and qualitative research. In addition, all judges are Bersin by Deloitte analysts or independent industry luminaries with extensive experience in corporate learning and talent management. This process gives us clear and consistent criteria for selecting finalists and an ultimate award recipient and helps participants learn from the benchmark organization finalists.

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Q. What is the deadline for applications?
A. The application deadline for the 2017 program was January 13, 2017.

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Q. Who are the judges?
A. The judging poll is composed of Bersin by Deloitte analysts, each of whom has years of experience in the HR, learning and talent management related functions and volunteer industry thought leaders, not employed by Deloitte Consulting LLP. Submissions by current Deloitte clients are judged by a team that includes an equal number of non-Bersin by Deloitte judges, and undergo a special secondary review. All judges use well established criteria, developed and tested in previous Bersin by Deloitte research studies.

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Q. How do I apply?
A. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 award program. Subscribe to our newsletter for details about the 2018 program.

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Q: How do I submit my application form(s)?
A. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 award program.

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Q. Is there an application fee?
A. The 2017 program application fee was $295 for Bersin by Deloitte research members and $495 for non-members. Discounts apply for each additional application. See schedules below.

For members:
Number of applications   Price
1 $295
2 $495
3 $695
4 $895
5 $1,095
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For non-members:
Number of applications   Price
1 $495
2 $745
3 $995
4 $1,245
5 $1,495
6+ Contact us.

The fee may be waived for not-for-profit organizations on a per-request, case-by-case basis. Please contact us for more information.

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Q. May I apply in more than one category?
A. You may apply more than once, if you have more than one story to tell. You will need to fill out one online application form for the specific category or categories you wish to enter. You will receive a discount for purchasing multiple applications.

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Q. When will finalists and the ultimate award recipient be notified?
A. The five finalists will be selected and notified in March 2017. They will each be asked to present at the IMPACT: The Business of Talent® conference in May 2017. The audience at that presentation will then select a final award recipient. The finalists and ultimate award recipient will be profiled publicly in a special feature in Human Resource Executive magazine.

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Q. Is the program open to organizations outside of the US?
A. The Bersin by Deloitte WhatWorks® Award program is absolutely open to companies outside of the United States. We welcome companies from all countries to apply.

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Q. How much detail should the application include?
A. Please follow the space allotments on the application form. We strongly support the inclusion of metrics when and where possible. Additional documents are not permitted.

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Q. What do finalists, including the ultimate award recipient, receive?
A. The ultimate award recipient will be:

  • Recognized and showcased in a special session of Bersin by Deloitte's annual research conference, IMPACT: The Business of Talent where they will present their stories and IMPACT attendees will choose the ultimate award recipient
  • Profiled in a special awards issue of Human Resource Executive® magazine
  • Included in a press release to be issued by Bersin by Deloitte that summarizes the stories of the finalists and ultimate award recipient
  • Announced by Bersin by Deloitte in June 2017 in a variety of channels including a news release, on our website and in our newsletters
  • Provided with a crystal trophy engraved with the organization's name
  • Featured in Bersin by Deloitte's comprehensive report of best practices, findings, and observations collected during the evaluation process

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Q. How do vendors, suppliers, and consultants participate?
A. If a vendor submits on behalf of a client, the client's full contact information should be included in the application. In addition, the client should:

  • Know that the application is being submitted on their behalf
  • Be fully supportive of the submission and be willing to talk to and about the submission
  • Be prepared to attend IMPACT if selected as a finalist

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Q. What happens if a finalist is disqualified?
A. Corporate, government, and non-profit organizations of all sizes and across industries are eligible to apply. Solution providers and consultants may also participate by nominating customers. Please be sure that the application is developed in the customer organization's name, from the customer perspective, and with the customer's approval. We will require written proof of the client's knowledge and approval of the application. Such applications should not reference a specific product. However, vendors, their products and services MAY BE identified as appropriate for inclusion in the Bersin by Deloitte WhatWorks Award program report and accompanying case studies. (Deloitte member firms are ineligible for the award.)

We reserve the right to disqualify incomplete applications, submissions that overly stress the use of a particular product as part of a solution, or applications submitted by solution provider or consultants that do not represent customers, with the customer's consent. If submitting on behalf of a client, the client's full contact information should be included in the application. In addition, the client should:

  • Know that the application is being submitted on their behalf
  • Be fully supportive of the submission and be willing to talk to and about the submission
  • Be prepared to attend IMPACT if selected as a finalist
If a finalist is disqualified prior to the final selection of the WhatWorks Award ultimate award recipient, the entity with the next-highest score in the same category will be alerted and invited to present at IMPACT 2017.

If for some reason a finalist is disqualified at IMPACT or later, we will forego naming a finalist in that category in that year.

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Q. Who can I contact for more information?
A. For more information and/or to be added to the mailing list for Bersin by Deloitte WhatWorks Awards Program information and updates, please contact usbersinwhatworksawards@deloitte.com.

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