Flexible Workplace Awards 2022

by Running Remote

At Running Remote events, remote work leaders have been sharing the impressive changes they introduced in their companies and how this has reshaped the whole industry. We decided that now it’s time to recognize companies that have achieved outstanding results in uncovering the full potential of remote and hybrid work for building a truly collaborative, diverse, and high performing environment.

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Why Participate?

Get the acknowledgement from the honourable industry experts.

Our judging panel consists of global industry experts with various backgrounds including academia, CEOs of leading remote-first companies, workplace transformation consultants, and others.

Boost your employer’s brand and attract the best talent.

With the rise of competition between remote employers, this acknowledgement will help you differentiate your company when posting job offers.

Get recognition in Running Remote’s international community.

We will extensively promote all winners through our digital channels and community and ensure you will receive great media coverage.

Extend your network at the gala ceremony

All shortlisted companies are invited to the awards gala ceremony which will take place at our upcoming conference in Montreal on May 17, 2022. This is a unique opportunity to extend your network with other leading companies in the industry attending the event.

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Get the acknowledgement from the honourable industry experts.

Our judging panel consists of global industry experts with various backgrounds including the Academia, CEOs of leading remote-first companies, workplace transformation consultants, and others.

Boost your employer’s brand and attract the best talent.

With the rise of competition between remote employers, this acknowledgement will help you differentiate your company when posting job offers.

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Get recognition in Running Remote’s international community.

We will extensively promote all winners through our digital channels and community and ensure you will receive great media coverage.

Extend your network at the gala ceremony

All shortlisted companies are invited to the awards gala ceremony which will take place at our upcoming conference in Austin in March 2022. This is a unique opportunity to extend your network with other leading companies in the industry attending the event.

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  • Deadline for applications

    Application will be closed at 5th of february

  • Shortlists Are Announced

    We will be announced our shortlists at 22nd of february

  • Gala ceremony

    Celebrating gala ceremony in Montreal, Canada

Nomination Categories

Winners and nominees will be recognised for their impact in the industry across eight categories. All categories have different company sizes as an entry criteria so please make sure you choose the ones that fit your business.

The minimum company size is 100 full-time employees. The entry is free of charge.

Enterprise Categories (1,000+ employees)

The Most Flexible Workplace

This award recognizes an Enterprise company that serves as an excellent example of building a sustainable remote-friendly work model, implementing the best practices of the remote work in their daily routine, and making it one of the key values of their culture.

Entry should highlight:

1 Clear evidence of sustainability and scalability of the remote-friendly / hybrid work model used in the organization and how it’s made the integral part of the company’s culture.


2 The detailed description of the best practices and work process put in place in order to foster the efficiency of remote work and employee career development and engagement.


3 Qualitative and quantitative metrics highlighting the positive impact of remote work model on the business, team performance, and employee satisfaction.

The Smoothest Transition to Hybrid

This award recognizes Enterprise company that made the most efficient transition to remote or hybrid work during the past year pioneering new practices and work models in their industry.

Entry should highlight:

1 The detailed description of the transition plan and new practices put in place.

2 Clear evidence that the strategy can be scaled across the business and the long-term commitment to the hybrid model of work.

3 Evidence highlighting how this transition has positively impacted the business including metrics on performance and employee satisfaction.

Remarkable Employee Onboarding

This award recognizes an Enterprise company that has developed the most remarkable remote or hybrid employee onboarding and it has shown excellent results in integration of the new employees in company’s culture.

Entry should highlight:

1 Company’s hiring and onboarding strategy and its alignment with company’s culture.

2 Clear evidence of how the onboarding process impacted company’s performance and employee integration in company’s culture

3 Evidence of the company’s commitment to maintain the work-from-home strategy in the upcoming future.

Exemplary Remote Leadership

In this category we recognize the leadership of an Enterprise company that achieved exceptional business results promoting remote model of work in their organization and being a role model for the next generation of remote industry leaders.

Entry should highlight:

1 Clear leadership skills combined with an innovative approach and personal initiative.

2 Commitment to long-term impacts and company goals.

3 Metrics that showcase the business is both benefiting from these new initiatives and is scaling them across the organization.

REMOTE-FIRST SME CATEGORIES (9-999 employees)

The Leading Remote-First Company

This award recognizes an SME that shows an outstanding example of the remote-first culture and cooperation for the whole industry making remote work an integral part of its values and uncovering its full potential.

Entry should highlight:

1 Clear evidence of sustainability of the remote-first work model and how it’s made the integral part of the company’s culture.

2 The detailed description of the best practices and innovation put in place in order to foster the efficiency of remote work and employee career development and engagement.

3 ualitative and quantitative metrics highlighting the positive impact of remote work model on the business, team performance, and employee satisfaction.

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Vibrant Remote Culture

This award recognizes an SME that achieved outstanding results in building a strong remote culture by putting proactive efforts in introducing transparent communication, safe environment, respect and diversity, and leading the remote industry by example.

Entry should highlight:

1 Key company’s values and a clear strategy of reinforcing them across the whole organization.

2 Results of how investment in corporate culture has benefited the business in a long-term sustainable way.

Outstanding Employee Wellbeing

This award celebrates an SME that puts the employee wellbeing as its main value and implements efficient and working practices to improve their work-life balance, mental health, and the sense of belonging to the community.

Entry should highlight:

1 Clear evidence of how employee wellbeing is seen as a key part of company’s culture.

2 Detailed description of initiatives and programs put in place, their efficiency, and results.

3 Metrics that showcase how a company’s policies and practices impact employees’ satisfaction, retention, and performance.

Advancing Diversity & Inclusion

This award recognizes an SME that has achieved outstanding results in using remote work as a vehicle to reinforce diversity and inclusion in their team and build an open cross-cultural communication within its employees.

Entry should highlight:

1 The clear evidence of how diversity and inclusion are reflected in company’s values and communication culture.

2 Detailed descriptions of specific programs and initiatives that support diversity and inclusion in company’s hiring and career development strategies.

3 The evidence of successful performance of diverse employees.

Enterprise Categories (1,000+ employees)

The Most Flexible Workplace

This award recognizes a large company with 1,000+ employees that serves as an excellent example for the whole industry of building a sustainable remote-friendly or hybrid work model, implementing the leading best practices of the remote work in their daily routine and making it one of the key values of their corporate culture.

Entry should highlight:

1 Clear evidence of sustainability and scalability of the remote-friendly / hybrid work model used in the organization and how it’s made the integral part of the company’s culture.


2 The detailed description of the best practices and work process put in place in order to foster the efficiency of remote work and employee career development and engagement.


3 Qualitative and quantitative metrics highlighting the positive impact of remote work model on the business, team performance, and employee satisfaction.

The Smoothest Transition to Hybrid

This award recognizes an enterprise with 1,000+ employees that made the most efficient transition to remote or hybrid work during the past year pioneering new practices and work models in their industry.

Entry should highlight:

1 The detailed description of the transition plan and new practices put in place.

2 Clear evidence that the strategy can be scaled across the business and the long-term commitment to the hybrid model of work.

3 Evidence highlighting how this transition has positively impacted the business including metrics on performance and employee satisfaction.

Remarkable Employee Onboarding

This award recognizes a company with 1,000+ employees that has developed the most remarkable employee onboarding to support its dynamic growth of the work-from-home workforce. Company’s onboarding has shown excellent results in the performance and integration of the new teleworking employees in the company’s culture.
Entry should highlight: 1 Company’s hiring and onboarding strategy and its alignment with company’s culture. 2 Clear evidence of how the onboarding process impacted company’s performance and employee integration in company’s culture. 3 Evidence of the company’s commitment to maintain the work-from-home strategy in the upcoming future.

Exemplary Remote Leadership

In this category we recognize the Owner(s), Founder(s), and Executive(s) of the remote company who have shown strong leadership skills in transitioning their company to remote or hybrid work, promoting this model of work in their organization, and achieved exceptional business results while being an inspiration to their team and a role model for the next generation of remote industry leaders.
Entry should highlight: 1 Clear leadership skills combined with an innovative approach and personal initiative. 2 Commitment to long-term impacts and company goals. 3 Metrics that showcase the business is both benefiting from these new initiatives and is scaling them across the organization.

REMOTE-FIRST SME CATEGORIES (100-1,000 employees)

The Leading Remote-First Company

This award recognizes a company with 100+ employees that shows an outstanding example of the remote-first culture and cooperation for the whole industry making remote work an integral part of its values and uncovering its full potential.

Entry should highlight:

1 Clear evidence of sustainability of the remote-first work model and how it’s made the integral part of the company’s culture.

2 The detailed description of the best practices and innovation put in place in order to foster the efficiency of remote work and employee career development and engagement.

3 Qualitative and quantitative metrics highlighting the positive impact of remote work model on the business, team performance, and employee satisfaction.

Vibrant Remote Culture

This award recognizes a company that achieved outstanding results in building a strong remote culture by putting proactive efforts in involving employees in corporate decision making, introducing transparent communication, safe environment, respect and diversity, and leading the remote industry by example.

Entry should highlight:

1 Key company’s values and a clear strategy of reinforcing them across the whole organization.

3 Results of how investment in corporate culture has benefited the business in a long-term sustainable way.

Outstanding Employee Wellbeing

This award celebrates a company that puts the employee wellbeing as its main value and implements efficient and working practices to improve it.

Entry should highlight:

1 Clear evidence of how employee wellbeing is seen as a key part of company’s culture.

2 Detailed description of initiatives and programs put in place, their efficiency, and results.

3 Metrics that showcase how a company’s policies and practices impact employees’ satisfaction, retention, and performance.

Advancing Diversity & Inclusion

This award recognizes the company with 1,000+ employees that has achieved outstanding results in using remote work as a vehicle to reinforce diversity and inclusion in their team. This company has put a significant effort in eliminating the barriers for the employees regardless their ethnicity and gender, fostering the culture of diversity and inclusion, and building an open cross-cultural communication within its employees.

Entry should highlight:

1 The clear evidence of how diversity and inclusion are reflected in company’s values and communication culture.

2 Detailed descriptions of specific programs and initiatives that support diversity and inclusion in company’s hiring and career development strategies.

3 The evidence of successful performance of diverse employees.

JUDGING PANEL

~ Co-Founder & CMO | Time Doctor Liam Martin is the co-founder and CMO of Time Doctor and Staff.com — one of the most popular time tracking and productivity software platforms in use by top brands today.
~ Founder & CEO | FlexJobs Sara Sutton has long been passionate about helping people find jobs. Currently, she is the Founder & CEO of FlexJobs and Remote.co, two leading services for remote.

~ Founder & CEO
| Virtual Work Insider

Sacha Connor is the CEO of Virtual Work Insider, a consultancy that coaches teams to lead, communicate, collaborate and build culture across distance.

JUDGING PROCESS

We qualify all companies submitting the website application before sending the complete survey. After that, there will be two judging rounds:

1

All applications will be scored on a scale from 1 to 10 according to a set of criteria for their category. Supporting materials presented by the company such as statistics, internal surveys, etc. will be scored with additional points.

Based on the scoring, the judging panel will select the five shortlisted companies. The shortlists will beare announced on February 5.

2

The Judging panel will votes for the winner of every shortlist. The winners will be announced at the gala dinner at the Running Remote conference in Montreal on May 17, 2022.

PRIZES

All shortlisted companies will get VIP Running Remote conference passes andfour4 invitations for the gala dinner.

All winners in each category will  receive a certificate endorsing their outstanding results in building an efficient remote work environment, a specially designed trophy, prizes from our sponsors, and a virtual badge they can publish on their website and other public company posts. They will also receive a benchmark report of the state of the remote work environment and culture based on the application data.

FAQ

Participation in Flexible Workplace Awards is free this year. This is a great opportunity to get your company listed among the leaders of remote work industry at no cost.

Each application form consists of 8-12 questions that can be answered in an open form. 

The questions contain the guidance on what we’d like to see in a winner and you decide what to highlight based on your company’s best practices.

In the end of each application you also have an opportunity to support your submission with any additional files including video testimonials, the results of internal surveys, company reports, etc.

You can apply for as many categories as you’d like. Please make sure your company size corresponds to the category requirements.

We have four categories for Enterprise companies (1,000+ employees) and four categories for SMBs (9-99 employees.)

No, all questions can be answered by your HR or PR department in an essay form as long as you provide compelling proofs.

You can attach employees’ testimonials in the form of video interviews or internal survey results to your submission but this is optional.

Gala ceremony that will take place in Montreal on May 18 2022 is a great opportunity to network and build meaningful connections with other industry leaders.

However if you cannot attend — don’t worry! If your company wins in certain category, it will still get brand exposure as a winner at the event and in our digital campaign. You will be able to join the ceremony and the winners panel discussion at the conference next day virtually.

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USE OF PERSONAL DATA

You (and your team or organization) agree and acknowledge that personal data submitted with an entry, including names, email addresses, and company information, may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used by Running Remote and its partners for the purposes of conducting and administering the promotion.

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