Company culture has never been more important for organizations looking to attract and retain the best talent. But for employers, culture is about more than just Bagel Fridays and beer in the office. The strongest cultures are built on values that run deep throughout the organization. The Digiday Worklife Awards recognize media and marketing’s top employers and the values that make them unique.

On November 14, 2018 we honored winners in 13 categories at The Lighthouse in New York City. You can check out the full list of winners below or on the site here.

Planning ahead for next year? Click here to sign up for reminders about deadlines and to access everything you'll need to join the ranks of our past winners including our entry kit, expert tips for crafting a winning entry, and past coverage of this program. We'll be unveiling next year's category lineup early in 2019, and those who subscribe to receive updates will be the first to hear the news.

Early Deadline: July 12, 2019 - $449 per entry
Regular Deadline: August 2, 2019 - $549 per entry
Last Chance Deadline: August 23, 2019 - $699 per entry
All deadlines end at 11:59 PM PST.

2018 Winners

2018 Categories


  • Most Innovative Culture

    Recognizing the employers whose culture best fosters unique, original and successful thinking demonstrated by tangible results.

  • Most Passionate Employees

    Awarded to the organization whose employees clearly demonstrate a unified passion for the company’s mission and values.

  • Most Committed to the Community/Social Good

    Awarded to the employer who shows the greatest level of commitment to contributing social good and giving back to their community through extracurricular programs and partnerships.

  • Most Dedicated to Employee Growth

    Recognizing the employer who has shown the strongest commitment to the professional growth of individuals through training, education and enrichment.

  • Most Committed to Diversity and Inclusion

    Awarding the employer showing the strongest commitment and dedication to embracing diversity and inclusion.

  • Most Collaborative Culture new

    Recognizing the company culture that most facilitates cooperation and joint efforts among teams to achieve a common goal.

  • Best On-boarding Process new

    Recognizing the employer with the most effective on-boarding process in order to successfully and seamlessly integrate new hires into the company.

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  • HR Leader of the Year new

    Recognizes the HR Executive who has excelled at creating a strong company culture and work environment.

  • Employer of the Year

    Awarded to the company that has cumulatively shown a high level of commitment to innovative culture, social good, commitment to employee growth, work/life integration and diversity.

  • Top Boss

    Honoring an outstanding boss at a media agency, media company or technology provider who demonstrates vision, expertise in the ever-changing media landscape, mentors his/her employees and actively contributes to a positive agency culture.

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  • Best Employee Appreciation Initiative

    Recognizing the best employee appreciation initiative as measured by originality, magnitude and employee satisfaction.

  • Best Employee Engagement Initiative

    Recognizing the initiative that best engages employees in their work as measured by productivity, work satisfaction and performance.

  • Best Employee Empowerment Initiative

    Recognizing the initiative that’s been most successful in providing non-senior level employees a voice within their company.

Past Judges

How to Enter

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Judging Criteria

The judges will be looking for companies or campaigns that can clearly demonstrate transparent success over the past 12 months. Our judges are seeking companies or campaigns that have seized challenges and created opportunities.

Judges will require evidence to substantiate all entries and this could include details of financial performance, results in terms of KPI, creative evidence in terms of a sizzle reel, still images, or links to the final project. The judges will also consider the structure, presentation and clarity of each entry. Interested in being a judge? Submit your nomination here.

The Judging Process

Judges will read and pre-score all entry forms, considering any supporting materials submitted. Judges will be asked to give a score for each question within the entry form relating to Digiday's four criteria: innovation, creativity, consumer value, and results. These will be combined to give an overall score for each entry. All judges pre-scores will then be combined and the highest scoring entries will determine the shortlists.

Judges will meet to discuss the highest scoring entries and then agree the winner for each category.


All material will remain confidential to the judges, who are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Winning case studies may be used in post-event materials to promote best practice and permission will be sought from entrants before publishing these.

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