7 reasons to enter the Digital Workplace of the Year awards

April 4, 2018 Updated: May 22, 2023 by

The 2023 Digital Workplace of the Year Awards celebrate organizations and practitioners who have excelled at creating well-executed, high-performing digital workplace environments. The Awards celebrate exceptional work undertaken by both organizations and individuals.  

For 2023 there are three categories: 

  • Digital Workplace of the Year (awarded to an organization) – open to submission by any organization, with one overall winner and several track awards. 
  • NEW! Digital Workplace Leader of the Team (awarded to a team) learn more about this new category. 
  • Modern Intranet of the Year (awarded to an organization) – open to submission by any organization, with one overall winner and several track awards.  

The deadline to submit your entry for any of the 2023 Awards is June 2, 2023 at midnight (BST). The winners will be announced in a Live Tour special on September 5, 2023 from 08.00 PDT / 11.00 EDT / 16.00 BST / 17.00 CEST. 

If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time. Here are 7 compelling reasons to take time to do 

1. Share your digital workplace achievements
Most of the time, digital workplace professionals and teams are head down keeping the show on the road. This is not surprising given the burgeoning complexity and breadth of what they’re trying to achieve inside organizations. Entering the Awards is a chance to “come up for air” and let the world know about those hard-won achievements in delivering well-executed, high-performing digital workplace environments.

2. Gain global industry recognition
Being selected as a winner or runner-up in the Awards is an opportunity to have your work recognized across the global digital workplace industry. It will be good for the organization, for the team, and for individual career progression. A win is also an opportunity to celebrate success inside the organization, helping to engage both stakeholders and employees in the ongoing journey to deliver an exceptional digital workplace.

3. Give your team a morale boost
Achieving a great digital workplace is a long-term goal, with many moving parts that need to be brought into alignment. For the teams driving the organization forward on this journey, it can feel like a long haul. Getting recognized with an award is a fantastic morale boost for the whole team. Even the process of entering can help remind the team just how much they’ve already achieved, whether this is getting a formal strategy in place, engaging users or rolling out a new platform. This could be part of your companies initiatives to improve employee engagement if you feel it lower then usual. Keeping employee morale up can be helpful throughout the process of working towards the award so your team keeps outputting award-worthy work!

4. Measure up against the industry
So you think you’re good? Excellent, we love that. But how good are you? Entering the Awards is a chance to measure your digital workplace performance against the best in the industry. The judges scrutinize the participating organizations to see how they perform across strategy, business case, governance framework, key features, user engagement and benefits/impact. What better way to test your organization’s all-round digital workplace performance?

5. Give a shout-out to peers who inspire you
We welcome confident and competent digital workplace professionals who enter themselves in the Digital Workplace Leader of the Year. Kudos! But this award is also the opportunity to give a shout-out to the practitioners in the industry that have inspired you. Maybe it’s the Head of Digital Workplace in your own organization, or perhaps a leader from elsewhere, who you’ve heard speak at a conference or seen share valuable insights via a blog or discussion group. However it happened, say “thank you” for their inspiration and example by nominating them for the award.

6. Step back, reflect, regroup
We all love winning and adding a shiny new trophy to the team’s Hall of Fame. But the process of entering in itself can be valuable too (albeit perhaps not that “happy dance moment” associated with winning). The award entry can provide structure to the process of reflecting on your digital workplace progress, helping your team to identify key strengths, as well as gaps that need further work. And who knows, perhaps you could be a winner this year… or next?

7. Be part of a global celebration of excellence
When we started out with the Awards in 2017, the crux for us was to be the catalyst for a global celebration of excellence in the digital workplace industry, spotlighting teams and individuals who are doing great work, and telling the stories behind organizations delivering exceptional digital workplaces. It’s a moment where we can all enjoy the excitement and inspiration of the art of the possible in our industry.

Closing date for entries is Midnight (GMT) on JUNE 2, 2023, so to be a part of it, start your entry today. 


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Elizabeth Marsh

Director of Research

Elizabeth Marsh is DWG’s Director of Research and author of its latest report ‘Digital workplace overload: How to reduce employee technostress’ (available free on our website). She’s worked as a practitioner, researcher and consultant in the digital workplace field for over 20 years and is a strong advocate for digital literacy and digital wellbeing at work. Elizabeth is currently doing a PhD at the University of Nottingham focusing on employee technostress and the potential of mindfulness to help reduce it. She also co-authored – with Paul Miller – the book ‘The Digital Renaissance of Work: Delivering digital workplaces fit for the future’.

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