Workplace Excellence Awards

For the last several years, the Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management Chapter (SESHRM) has awarded three Workplace Excellence Awards based on company size. The SESHRM Board felt that it was time to think a little out of box and are excited to announce that we have created three new categories!

The three categories for our Workplace Excellence Awards are below. Nominations are due Friday, October 20th.

  • Community Impact
  • Culture
  • Diversity

Company awards can boost your company’s reputation, setting you and your employer brand apart from your competitors. If you are a young company or startup, awards like these can signal that you’re on solid ground as an employer and give you credibility. For the established companies, awards can showcase your brand history, but also that your company is culture-first and innovative. By earning one of these awards will help set you apart in this difficult labor market!

Community Impact

Many companies understand the impact their employees can have on the communities where we live and work. As the Sioux Empire continues to grow, there are more agencies that not only need our financial support but also through education and volunteering their time.

We want to recognize an employer that is truly making a difference in the community. Does your employees’ spirit of service permeate your culture and defines who you are as a company?

Here are a few examples of the work you could be doing that needs to be showcased!

  • Employee groups that are volunteering their time at different agencies throughout the year representing your company.
  • Financial contributions that are being made by your employer to help our community.
  • Educating students from pre-K through post-secondary education programs. This could be through shadow experience or even internships.

Previous Recipients for Community Impact:

Click HERE to complete our nomination form for Community Impact.


Today’s workplace is ever changing and moving at a fast paced. Exceptional workplaces know that the secrets to unlocking world-class performance lies in their people. These workplaces build their business strategies around their employees – ensuring each worker is positioned to drive business outcomes and serves customers with excellence. By doing this, their employees come to work each day engaged and ready to push boundaries. This enables these businesses to build and sustain their ideal culture.

Does your company optimize your culture and develop unstoppable workforces that fully embrace a culture of engagement? And do you have data to back your engagement levels?

Here are a few examples of the work you may be doing that needs to be showcased!

  • Apply data-driven techniques to attract, hire and retain top talent.
  • Make employee engagement a day-to-day practice.
  • Adopt leading-edge performance management principles.
  • Equip their managers and leaders to coach and inspire others every day.
  • Position employees to use their innate strengths every day.
  • Foster a flexible workplace with family friendly atmosphere.

Previous Recipients for Culture:

Click HERE to complete our nomination form for Culture.


Most Human Resources Professionals understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace is imperative. Having sound diversity practices related to talent acquisition, talent management, onboarding, diversity training, workforce development and engagement is key for employees feeling included in the workplace and fostering a productive and profitable organization.

Does your company go above and beyond on Diversity Initiatives? And even better, do you have data to back up the impact of those diversity initiatives? If your company has demonstrated dedication and continuing commitment to advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, the time to nominate is NOW!

Here are a few examples of the work you may be doing that needs to be showcased!

  • Foster positive communication and actively promote inter-group relations among persons of different races, ages, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religious backgrounds, or physical and mental abilities.
  • Participates in a variety of corporate and community events that promotes mutual respect, acceptance, cooperation, or tolerance: any level of involvement in community events, projects, efforts or organizations that promote or celebrate tolerance and contribute to diversity awareness in the community and workplace.
  • The ability to value and respect diverse points of view and varied ways to approach issues and topics.

Previous Recipients for Diversity:

Click HERE to complete our nomination form for Diversity.

If you have any questions please contact our Past President on our Board Members page.

Legacy Workplace Excellence Award Recipients

Small Company (< 100 employees):

Medium Company (101-500 employees):

Large Company (> 500 employees):

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