VML has been honored in the "Most Dedicated to Employee Growth" category of the WorkLife Awards, presented by Digiday Media. The accolade celebrates the agency's unwavering dedication to fostering a culture of continuous learning and professional development among its team members.

The WorkLife Awards, known for honoring top employers and their commitment to employee well-being and growth, recognize organizations that prioritize mental and physical wellness while fostering environments conducive to creativity and innovation.

This recognition, although presented under VML's name, acknowledges the pioneering initiatives originally spearheaded by Wunderman Thompson, now an integral part of the VML brand following the merger of VMLY&R and Wunderman Thompson in October 2023. The award underscores the agency's longstanding dedication to employee growth.

The winning submission, titled "How Wunderman Thompson Inspires Employee Growth," outlines the agency's innovative approach to talent development and organizational culture. By leveraging its client expertise and applying branding strategies to employee growth, the agency has created a unique and impactful development culture focused on inspiring growth for ambitious individuals.

Key initiatives highlighted in the submission include:

  • Authentic Personal Branding: VML empowers employees to define their unique value propositions and brand personalities, fostering purpose-driven engagement and career development.
  • Modernized Learning Platforms: The agency has modernized its learning infrastructure, transitioning to on-demand, personalized learning experiences tailored to individual needs and preferences.
  • AI-Driven Career Marketplace: VML has implemented Career Pathways, an AI-powered talent marketplace platform, to facilitate personalized career development and skill enhancement opportunities for employees.

These initiatives have yielded significant results, with metrics indicating increased participation, engagement, and overall satisfaction among employees. From a surge in feedback app usage to a notable increase in course attendance and engagement with online learning content, the agency's commitment to employee growth has left a lasting impact on its workforce.

We are honored to be recognized in the WorkLife Awards for our dedication to employee growth. This achievement reflects our ongoing commitment to nurturing talent, fostering innovation, and empowering our team members to reach their full pote.

Maree Prendergast

Global Chief People Officer, VML

"Receiving recognition in the WorkLife Awards is a testament to VML's commitment to fostering a culture of growth and development,” said Austin Smith, Global Head of Talent and Organizational Development at VML. “Our success in this category underscores the collaborative efforts of our team and reaffirms our dedication to empowering every individual to thrive professionally and personally."

As VML continues to prioritize employee well-being and development, the agency remains steadfast in its mission to create a culture of growth, creativity, and collaboration.

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