Raleigh Nov 22, 2016 The Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) is getting statewide recognition for keeping state employees informed and engaged. At the NC Association of Government Officers annual seminar last week, OSHR’s communications team received first place in the Internal Communications/Employee Engagement category for the 2016 Excellence in Communications Awards for the newsletter The Resource. The Resource is a quarterly electronic newsletter sent to all 85,000+ state agency and university employees. It contains articles and stories about new programs and initiatives that shows the strides that have been made in state government in the areas of efficiency and effectiveness. Paula Woodhouse, OSHR’s Interim Director, said, “we’ve made tremendous headway in the last four years modernizing and adding efficiencies to the state’s HR function and the newsletter has been a very useful in keeping employees informed and assisting in our change-management efforts.” Patty McQuillan with NCDPS and Sharon Gladwell with the Judicial Branch came in second and third place in that category. There were 106 entries submitted in 12 categories for the awards. Submissions came from all corners of the state. In July, The Resource won the Eva N. Santos Communications Award from the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE). This annual NASPE award is presented to an organization for excellence in HR communications. Pictured above: OSHR's Communications Director David Prickett shakes hand with Donna Gonyeau, NCAGIO's Vice-President.