Cisco and Etsy among 2019’s best North American organisations for engagement


Technology organisation Cisco (pictured), e-commerce website Etsy and global food manufacturer Mars are among the organisations recognised at the 2019 North American Employee Engagement Awards, organised by The Employee Engagement Awards (EE Awards).

The annual event is designed to celebrate organisations based in North America that put employee engagement at the heart of business strategy.

Winning organisations across 13 different categories spanned sectors such as government, hospitality, healthcare, IT, pharmaceuticals, retail, service businesses and transport.

The overall Employee engagement company of the year award went to gaming business TCG, with Empire Today and Baystate Health being highly commended. Other winners include Grupo Salinas International, which won the Employee benefits awards, and Abstrakt Marketing Group, which won for Innovation in employee engagement.

Cisco and T-Mobile USA were also recognised as winners in the Employer brand award category.

Winning employers received their awards during the North American Employee Engagement Conference in New York on Thursday 20 June 2019.

The full list of winning organisations is:

  • Employee engagement company of the year: TCG. Highly commended: Empire Today and Baystate Health.
  • Professional of the year: Misty Johnson-Oratokhai, Events DC.
  • Employee benefits: Grupo Salinas International. Highly commended: Chobani.
  • Internal communications: Mars. Highly commended: Grupo Salinas International.
  • Employer brand: Cisco and T-Mobile USA.
  • Vendor of the year: Waggl. Highly commended: SocialChorus.
  • Best use of technology: Applauz Recognition. Highly commended: Grupo Salinas International.
  • Employee culture and purpose: Arity. Highly commended: Post Beyond and Accent Inns.
  • Social responsibility: Berkshire Bank. Highly commended: Smithfield Foods.
  • Innovation in employee engagement: Abstrakt Marketing Group. Highly commended: Atos.
  • Unsung hero: Arity.
  • Customer and employee experience: Crowe.
  • Diversity and inclusion: Etsy. Highly commended: Atos.

Matt Manners, founder and chief executive officer at The Employee Engagement Awards, said: “Congratulations to all our winners. Every year, the standard just gets higher. As always, our independent panel of judges were impressed by the very high level of proof for the outcomes of engagement programmes.

“With regards to our overall organisation of the year, it was the ability to engage a predominantly remote workforce that caught our judges’ [eyes]. This is an issue that more organisations are going to have to negotiate well to remain competitive and provide a world class employee experience.”