The prestigious Teddy Award gets a fresh update to reflect the full range of workers’ comp and injury prevention excellence being achieved across the country in all industry sectors.

Introducing The 2024 Theo Award!

The pace of change in workers’ comp has accelerated to an unprecedented level in recent years. New challenges, new strategies, tools and technologies are evolving with extraordinary speed. Each day, organizations adapt to new challenges — identifying and building new solutions that drive better outcomes. The Theo Award recognizes the people and organizations that achieve these outcomes every day in a myriad of ways.  

The pace of change in workers’ comp has accelerated to an unprecedented level in recent years. New challenges, new strategies, tools and technologies are evolving with extraordinary speed. Each day, organizations adapt to new challenges — identifying and building new solutions that drive better outcomes. The Theo Award recognizes the people and organizations that achieve these outcomes every day in a myriad of ways.  

Broadening the Scope of Excellence

Like its predecessor the Teddy Award, this award was named for President Theodore Roosevelt, who enacted the country’s first significant workers’ comp legislation. With the Theo Award, National Comp and Risk & Insurance usher in a new era, broadening the scope of our search for excellence. We recognize the value in each solution, each investment, each piece of the puzzle that makes up a successful workers’ comp program.

The Theo Award will honor winners across multiple industry categories. We recognize the value in learning about all effective workers’ comp and injury prevention solutions, including those tailored to specific industries.

What problem have you made an impact on? We want to hear about it. We seek solutions that run the gamut of successful outcomes. That can include solutions related to:

  • decreased injury frequency or severity
  • reduced medical spend
  • improved medical outcomes
  • safety process improvements
  • a more effective risk finance structure
  • streamlined claims management processes
  • faster return-to-work
  • decreased lost time

… and all the other workers’ comp and injury reduction successes you have cause to celebrate. No solution is too simple or too complex as long as it’s making a difference.

For example, when Portland-based Harder Mechanical struggled with hand injuries, it discovered that employees needed help selecting the right glove for the job. A colorful matrix in the form of a wall poster helped workers make better PPE choices. The company saw a rapid 60% reduction in hand injuries.

UMass Memorial Health required a far more complex solution to keep lost-time down. The organization built a multi-faceted transitional duty and vocational rehab program that involves cooperation from multiple internal and external stakeholders, sharply driving down lost time and indemnity costs.

Share your success with National Comp and Risk & Insurance. Our goal is to recognize and share workers’ comp best practices of all kinds.

Calling All Industries!

We invite employers of all sizes, in all industries, to apply for the The Theo Award. We also invite TPAs, brokers, carriers and all workers’ comp organizations to nominate their employer-clients implementing game-changing solutions. Theo Award categories listed below. When applying, please select the category from the drop-down menu that best aligns with your organization, or select "At Large" for other industry sectors.

Construction | Education | Entertainment & Events | Government & Public Sector  
Health Care | Hospitality & Food Service | Manufacturing/Heavy Industry
Power & Energy | Retail & Wholesale | Transportation & Logistics | At Large

2024 Theo Award Instructions & Application Process

Applying is simple! Tell us about your company and workers’ comp leadership. Then tell us about the problem you faced, the solution you created, and the outcome of the effort.  

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of judges, consisting of National Comp advisory committee members and industry experts.

Additional Award Criteria

As you consider your responses, please keep these key criteria in mind:

  • Performance: If you didn’t measure it, it didn’t happen. What are the metrics you’re using to represent the success of your program?
  • Sustainability: How will this initiative continue to produce positive outcomes for your organization?
  • Adaptation: Each industry and each organization faces its own unique challenges – how was your solution tailored to fit your specific needs and processes? Include any technology implemented to achieve your goals.
  • Teamwork: Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Effective collaboration within the team, and with internal and external partners is vital. How has the collaboration and effectiveness of your stakeholder connections influenced the effectiveness of this solution?

Know Before You Apply 

2024 Application Deadline: March 18, 2024

Applications cannot be submitted via email. All applicants must complete the online application and have the option to include attachments as necessary.

Winning organizations agree to have a representative interviewed for the sake of profiles to be published by Risk & Insurance® for publication on the website, eNewsletters, web digital edition and mobile apps. Representatives from winning organizations will be asked to attend National Comp 2024 in Las Vegas, Oct. 15-17, 2024, to take part in award-related content and celebration.

Questions?

If there are any questions, please contact Michelle Kerr, R&I National Workers' Compensation Editor and Conference Chair at [email protected].