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UPMC and DecisionWise Win Coveted Employee Engagement Award

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Ashley Trentrock

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PITTSBURGHUPMC, a world-renowned health care provider and insurer, and DecisionWise, a leader in innovative employee engagement solutions, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group gold award in the Talent Management category for “Best Advance in Employee Engagement.”



In 2018, UPMC experienced an increase in overall favorability scores, the employee-engagement index — key engagement drivers, and overall participation. By building the employee experience infrastructure, empowering HR business partners and designing transparent communications, UPMC solidified its employee engagement strategy as a best practice both within and outside health care.  


“We are so pleased that UPMC’s employee engagement efforts have been recognized by Brandon Hall Group, and we feel fortunate that UPMC trusts us to help them with their engagement efforts,” said Matthew Wride, president, DecisionWise.  “We are confident that UPMC will continue to build an employee experience that will improve patient care and employee engagement across the entire UPMC health system.”  


“This prestigious award recognizes the years of focused, strategic work that UPMC has invested — and continues to invest — in our ongoing journey to enhance our workplace culture for all of our 87,000 employees,” said James E. Taylor, Ph.D., chief diversity, inclusion and talent management officer of UPMC. “We recognize that an engaged workforce is all the more committed to providing the best care to our patients and the best service to our members.”   


Award entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits.


“Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program has recognized leading organizations for the past 20-plus years for the latest trends in human capital management,” said Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group COO and leader of the Human Capital Management (HCM) Excellence Awards Program. “The initiatives that were honored are not only innovative, but also fit the unique needs of the business and create truly remarkable success stories.”


Excellence Award winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, February 4-6, 2020, at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Florida. Select winners also will serve as presenters in breakout sessions, sharing their leading practices during the conference.


“The HCM Excellence Awards recognize programs that measurably benefit organizations,” said Mike Cooke, Brandon Hall Group CEO. “Many human capital management departments are unable to confirm that their initiatives help the business’s bottom line. Because we focus on measurable benefits, our awards program is universally recognized and highly prestigious.”