About the Learning in Practice Award

To find out which companies are the best for HR management, Workforce editors, along with researchers from the Human Capital Media Advisory Group, the magazine’s research arm, created a statistical formula to sift through publicly available information to separate the best from the rest. The result of that analysis is the inaugural Workforce 100 list. While we’ve come up with one answer to the question of which companies are best for HR, we look forward to the conversation with you that results in furthering the discussion. The 2018 Workforce 100 List is in the May/June issue of Workforce.

How to enter the competition


To read the story about the 2018 Workforce 100 list, please read here.

Previous years
2017 Workforce 100 list
2016 Workforce 100 list
2015 Workforce 100 List
2014 Workforce 100 List

For any questions regarding the awards, please send an email to rbell@humancapitalmedia.com or call (312) 967-3549.

About the Learning in Practice Award

The Workforce 100 is the rank order and scores of the 100 companies that performed best in seven core areas: workplace culture, employee benefits, diversity and inclusion, employee development and talent management, human resources innovation, leadership development, and talent acquisition. The working assumption behind the list is that high performance in these core categories provides a reasonable proxy for overall HR excellence.

To create the ranking, researchers at the Human Capital Media Advisory Group, the research arm of Workforce magazine, collected available public data from a representative list of established benchmarking and ranking programs in the identified categories and partnered with Glassdoor to include data on employee satisfaction in key areas. This allowed researchers to generate a score based equally on depth and breadth of outside recognition and internal recognition.

The reason for this change in methodology was to create a ranked list that made comprehensive HR participation and employee feedback on their respective employers the primary focus rather than excellence in one core area. Using this method, organizations that are recognized on multiple lists but do not perform perfectly will be ranked higher than organizations that are ranked in one area but perform better in a single discipline. In addition, organizations that are not as heavily represented in external recognition programs are still acknowledged for their HR efforts through the posted opinions of their employees.

To generate the score, researchers first looked at how many lists with HR relevance a particular company appeared on, which makes up half of the total score (maximum of 5 points). The other half of the score (also with a maximum of 5 points) was derived from an average of the company’s Glassdoor performance in areas pertaining to HR. These scores are then added together to create the final score.


Top Companies Lists, Overall:

  • World’s Best International Workplaces, 2016 (Great Place to Work Institute)
  • Best Small Workplaces, 2016 (Great Place to Work Institute)
  • Best Medium Workplaces, 2016 (Great Place to Work Institute)
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, 2016 (Fortune)
  • America’s Best Employers, 2016 (Forbes)

Top Companies Lists, Benefits:

  • Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles (National Business Group on Health)
  • The Best 401(k) Plans, 2016 (Bloomberg)
  • 30 Best Workplaces to Retire From, 2016 (Fortune)

Top Companies Lists, Diversity:

  • Best Employers for Vets, 2016 (Military Times)
  • Disability Equality Index, 2016 (AAPD)
  • 100 Best Companies, 2016 (Working Mother)
  • 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity, 2016 (Fortune)
  • 50 Best Companies for Diversity, 2016 (Black Enterprise)
  • Top 50 Companies for Diversity, 2016 (DiversityInc)

Top Companies Lists, Innovation:

  • The Most Admired for HR, 2015 (HR Executive)
  • The World’s 30 Most Innovative Corporate Human Resources Departments, 2015 (Human Resources MBA)
  • Most Admired Company, category Ability to Attract, Develop and Retain Talent (Fortune)

Top Companies Lists, Leadership:

  • Best Companies for Leaders, 2016 (Chief Executive)
  • Most Admired Company, category Quality of Leadership, 2016 (Fortune)

Top Companies Lists, Recruiting:

  • Best Places to Interview, 2016 (Glassdoor)
  • Candidate Experience Awards, 2016 (Talent Board)

Top Companies Lists, Talent Management:

  • Learning Elite, 2017 (Chief Learning Officer)
  • Learning in Practice Awards, 2016 (Chief Learning Officer)
  • Excellence in Practice Awards, 2016 (Association for Talent Development)
  • BEST Awards, 2016 (Association for Talent Development)
  • Training Top 125, 2016 (Training)

Glassdoor Data Used:

  • Career Opportunities Rating
  • Compensation & Benefits Rating
  • Culture & Values Rating
  • Work/Life Balance Rating
  • Recommend to a Friend Rating

Note: Some of the component lists are compiled by active participation from the companies listed and therefore do not recognize companies that decline to participate.

How to enter the competition

Q. How can I further promote my win?

A. Workforce 100 press kit materials are readily available upon request. Contact Ashley Flora at aflora@humancapitalmedia.com to learn more.