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Engaging Pittsburgh: Innovative People Practices Awards
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For over a decade the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association's (PHRA) Engaging Pittsburgh: Innovative People Practices has recognized employees and employers from across the region who have demonstrated creativity in designing business practices that have significantly contributed towards organizational and employee achievements. And since the initial Engaging Pittsburgh award celebration in 2000, the 2017 Engaging Pittsburgh celebration ranks among the most exciting. 


Rodd Wagner, a New York Times bestselling author, began the evening by sharing the latest research on what employers must deliver to gain the highest levels of performance from their people. We appreciate the support from BI Worldwide for making that possible.


Afterwards, the accomplishments of all 20 nominees were announced by Ron Kubitz, PHRA's President. We want to thank all the organizations that submitted nominations, nominees, and sponsors for making the evening a great success.


Congratulations to the 2017 Engaging Pittsburgh: Innovative People Practices Awards winners: ARDEX Americas, Automated Health Systems, Inc., GAI Consultants, Goodwill SWPA, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, and Paul Brahim from BPU Investment Management, Inc.


Learning and Development - ARDEX Americas created a customized, multi-tiered, learning and development program called "Stepping Stones" to better prepare the hi-potential talent pool, to "step up" to new opportunities. 


Work-life Balance - Automated Health Systems Wellness Program is an invaluable component of their commitment to work-life balance promoting the importance of a healthy lifestyle to both support workforce retention, and ensure the long-term health and well-being of their employees.


Team Recognition - GAI Consultants developed a comprehensive training program (GAI University) designed to develop leaders, employees, and their teams. Key components include partnership with Point Park University, generous tuition reimbursement program, technical and leadership training, and curriculum tracks competencies.


Talent Recruitment & Retention - Goodwill SWPA enhanced their selection process and increased retention with the implementation of "Talent Day". This innovative program removes candidates from typical interviews and evaluates them on their skills through hands-on situations. Using behavior-based activities, this method assess candidates reactions, interactions, and overall growth while completing and resulting in a positive interview expereince and more effective results.


Transparency - Presbyterian SeniorCare Network's employees are "United at the Heart" through their participation in Passport Initiative. Annually, each employee develops three passport goals for the year with the understanding that their personal commitment matters to the organization achieving its goals on behalf of the residents served. In a very real and clear way, each employees Passport Goals contribute to the achievement of the organization's strategic plan goals and its ongoing success and sustainability. 


Leadership - Paul Brahim from BPU Investment Management, Inc. BPU is highly committed to the initiative to build, maintain and develop a workforce and client base that reflects their mission and vision. Their CEO, Paul Brahim, is on a lifelong journey to learn through national leadership programs and serving on nonprofit boards. He also uses his creative background as an English and Chemistry major, tenure as a pharmaceutical sales person, and being one of the first financial literacy advocates in our region to shape and make BPU a firm is making its mark on many.


Congratulations to the 2017 Finalists: Autosoft, DMS, CardWorks, Caterpillar, Inc., Comcast, Levy Restaurants, MedExpress, Mid-Atlantic Surgical Systems, Pittsburgh Mercy, PPG Architectural Coatings, Sandler Training by Peak Performance Management, Inc., Solutions4Network, TiER1 Performance Solutions, and Zero Six Eight.


"Whether they are attracting talent, training tomorrow's leaders, or rethinking the way they organize work, this year's nominees have all demonstrated that investing in people is a key component of business success" said PHRA's President, Ron Kubitz.  "This year's Engaging Pittsburgh nominees gave their employees the opportunity to grow, develop, and reach greater levels of success personally, professionally and for the organization."


We invite you to consider what your organization does or CAN DO to show that Pittsburgh really is all about the people! We hope you join us again next year at Engaging Pittsburgh 2018.

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