O.C. Tanner’s Breakthrough Awards celebrate organizations and leaders who elevate and inspire leading workplace cultures.

*2024 submission deadline: May 17, 2024

2023 Breakthrough Award Winners

Southwest Airlines

Breakthrough Award for Brand in Action

Southwest Airlines lives out their brand values by ensuring Cohearts feel appreciated every day of their employee journey.

“Through collaboration with our business partners and O.C. Tanner, we’ve been able to drive the necessary tools and change required to manage appreciation and recognition more effectively.”

—Karey Stanley-Boyd, Head of Global Recognition Programs, TD Bank

Past Breakthrough Award Winners

Logos from past Breakthrough Award winners

What qualifies as a breakthrough?

Your breakthrough achievement may have been in “Elevating Culture.” Or perhaps you made great improvements in “Improving Employee Satisfaction” or with “Onboarding and Adoption Success.” Your breakthrough can be for any of these, or for another initiative that helped to elevate workplace culture.

Whatever the focus, your breakthrough qualifies as long as it touches all five of our award criteria, which includes:

What to expect

  1. Complimentary tickets to attend the next Influence Greatness conference with your team to accept your award during the Breakthrough Awards Ceremony.
  2. Participate in a breakout session at the next Influence Greatness conference to share your Breakthrough Award story.
  3. Collaborate on a case study with O.C. Tanner that highlights your Breakthrough Award story.
  4. Join an O.C. Tanner webinar as a featured guest the year following your award.

Submit your breakthrough story

O.C. Tanner’s Breakthrough Awards recognize and celebrate the extraordinary efforts of innovative organizations to improve workplace culture. Award recipients showcase stellar employee experiences that elevate, inspire, and fuel both personal and organizational success.

To apply for a Breakthrough Award, you must be a client of O.C. Tanner.

Submission deadline for this year is May 17, 2024.