From Bagel Mondays to better benefits, companies are building workplace cultures and programs to attract and retain talent. This is why Digiday Careers launched the first-ever Digiday WorkLife Awards in March this year.

Companies including The Washington Post, TBWA\Chiat\Day and Dotdash are nominated for categories across innovation, diversity and employee growth at the inaugural Digiday WorkLife Awards, presented by Digiday Careers. The Digiday WorkLife Awards showcase the media and marketing world’s best work environments as well as the values and cultural initiatives that make them unique.

The Washington Post is up for Most Innovative Culture. The media company’s investment in technology, from fast-loading ads to mobile apps, has paid dividends for its digital reach. The publisher’s digital readers spent an average of 17.8 minutes on washingtonpost.com in July, up 6 percent year over year, according to comScore.

TBWA\Chiat\Day, the American division of global agency TBWA Worldwide, is nominated for Most Committed to Diversity and Inclusion. The agency has launched various internal initiatives, including two blogs — Diversifacts and the TBWA\Chiat\Day NY Tumblr — and a livestream series, to highlight the agency’s diverse workforce and the diverse work the agency produces.

Dotdash — formerly About.com — is in the running for Executive Team of the Year. Starting in 2016, the 20-year-old online publisher About.com launched six publishing verticals and rebranded itself to Dotdash. Dotdash CEO Neil Vogel has led the transition since 2014. In June 2017, Vogel told Digiday that Dotdash’s health vertical Verywell is attracting 8 million readers per month, according to comScore.

Finalists are listed below and on the Digiday WorkLife Awards website. Winners will be announced later in the year and honored at the Digiday Awards Gala on Nov. 7 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. Tickets to the gala are on sale here. To receive information about next year’s program, click here.

Most Innovative Culture
Small agency
FSC Interactive
North 6th Agency
PMG
Tribal Worldwide
Day One Agency

Large agency
Carmichael Lynch
Adtaxi
Colle McVoy
Karmarama
Havas Chicago

Publisher
Brit + Co
Harvard Business Review
InvestingChannel
Investopedia
The Washington Post

Tech provider
Smartly.io
Conversion Logic
Steelhouse
Teads
Unruly

Most Passionate Employees
Small and large agencies
Crossmedia
Converge Consulting
Essence
G7 Entertainment Marketing
Mekanism

Publisher
Investopedia
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Great Big Story
Scripps Lifestyle Studios
TheSkimm

Tech provider
Digital Remedy
Brandwatch
PulsePoint
Taboola
Unacast

 

Employer of the Year
Small agency
FiveFifty
Branded Entertainment Network
Mekanism
Prolific Interactive
Tribal Worldwide

Large agency
RPA
Elite SEM
Essence
Horizon Media
M&C Saatchi Mobile

Publisher
The Financial Times
CBS Interactive
The Chive
Trusted Media Brands

Tech provider
Arkadium
Choozle
Sojern
Sortable
Sprout Social

 

Most Committed to Social Good
Small agency
Situation Interactive
Traction
Kinetic Worldwide
Inspira Marketing Group

Large agency
360i
FCB Inferno
Marc USA
Momentum Worldwide

 

Most Dedicated to Employee Growth
Small agency
Beeby Clark+Meyler
House of Kaizen
Kinetic Worldwide

Large agency
Momentum Worldwide
PMX Agency
Maxus
Elite SEM

Tech provider
Coegi
SpotX
Sojern
Skimlinks

 

Most Committed to Diversity and Inclusion
Carmichael Lynch
TBWA\Chiat\Day
NewsCred
Zambezi
Verizon

HR Leader of the Year
Laura Small, associate HR director, RPA
Angela Santone, evp and global HR officer, Turner
Eileen Benwitt, chief talent officer, Horizon Media
Lisa Dallenbach, chief talent officer, Mindshare

Executive Team of the Year
Dotdash
Conversion Logic
CRISP
Zipie
Sprout Social

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