ATD's The BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through employee learning and development. According to Tony Bingham, ATD's president and CEO, “The winners set the standard of excellence for exceptional learning practices, and demonstrate that a skilled workforce is vital to achieving results.”
Award winners are published in the October T+D. Excellence in Practice Awards have been given for many years and identify organizations that have established training, learning, and performance practices. Award winners demonstrate that they are excellent in many aspects of the learning function: Learning has an enterprise-wide role: involved in the executive team, creating solutions to business issues, and setting organizational strategy. Learning has value in the organization's culture: learning opportunities for employees, C-level involvement, learning for growth of the organization, and innovation. Learning links to individual and organizational performance: alignment with the business, efficiency, measurement of the effectiveness of learning, and success with non-training solutions for business needs. Investment is made in learning and performance initiatives.
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