Below you'll find all the award categories for the HR Distinction Awards 2018. Download your entry pack for further information on how to apply.
Innovative Recruitment & Onboarding Initiatives
Recognising an organisation which has developed innovative strategies to attract and onboard employees. Judges will be looking for:
Evidence of an innovative and high-quality hiring process and induction strategy
Clear integration of strategies for attracting, securing, and engaging talent that promotes inclusivity and enhances your employer brand
Effective implementation of onboarding initiatives that demonstrates a clear understanding of the brand, values, working culture and expectations
Measurable evidence that your recruitment and onboarding initiatives has contributed to the achievement of strategic business goals and a greater candidate experience.
Recognising an organisation which has developed effective and sustainable strategies to manage and retain employees in an inclusive manner with the aim of improving the business value and the ability of the organisation to reach its goals. Judges will be looking for:
An innovative, effective, and actionable talent management strategy that will ensure the attraction and retainment of top talent
A clear link between talent management strategy and the wider business strategy
Evidence of sustainable and advanced strategic workforce planning/succession planning initiatives that forecasts the talent pipeline and addresses the talent management landscape
Measurable evidence that your strategic workforce planning/succession planning initiatives have contributed to the achievement of sustainable business goals and organisational purpose.
Learning and Organisational Development
Recognising an organisation that has implemented a unique and innovative L&D development strategy that enhances the skills, knowledge, and capabilities across all levels of the organisation. Judges will be looking for:
An L&D development strategy that demonstrates a clear alignment to the business strategy and supports continuous learning and capability building
Effective implementation of the learning and organisational development strategy that demonstrates a long-term investment plan to achieve clearly defined outcomes
Evidence the learning and organisational development strategy is effectively communicated to the wider organisation
A clear and measurable impact on individual and organisational performance and engagement levels.
Recognising an organisation that has implemented an innovative and sustainable management and leadership capability framework that strengthens the skills, knowledge, and capabilities of managers and leaders. Judges will be looking for:
An effective management and leadership framework that promotes continuous learning and demonstrates integration with the organisations, management planning, performance management and reward initiatives
A clear alignment between the organisation philosophy, performance requirements, core competencies as well as the needs and wants of the individual
Demonstration that the management and leadership programme creates and sustains appropriate long-term leadership behaviour across the organisation
Evidence that the programme has contributed to individual excellence in performance and improved business performance.
Total Rewards and Benefits
Recognising an organisation that has implemented an innovative and creative total rewards and benefits strategy that attracts, motivates, retains and engages employees. Judges will be looking for:
A competitive and well formulated reward and benefit strategy that demonstrates a clear alignment to the reward philosophy, employee value proposition and the broader business strategy
Evidence of an innovative, sustainable, and flexible reward and benefits package that supports the organisational culture and is desired by the wider organisation
Clear and effective communication of the total rewards and benefits strategy that supports early adoption and engagement
Measurable evidence that your total reward and benefits strategy has contributed to the achievement of strategic business goals.
Employee Engagement and Experience
Recognising an organisation which has demonstrated a fresh take on employee engagement that has delivered real organisational benefits. Judges will be looking for:
A clear link between employee engagement strategy and the wider business strategy
Evidence of innovative and sustainable engagement initiatives that supports the organisational culture
Utilisation of new and innovative measurement metrics that demonstrate an innovative approach to engagement
Evidence of high levels of engagement which have contributed to the overall organisation’s performance.
Leading Transformational Change
This award recognises excellence in an organisation’s ability to plan, implement and manage the ‘people aspect’ of a business transformation project. Judges will be looking for:
A clear understanding of the business drivers and objectives for workplace change
Evidence of HR’s pivotal role in embedding and managing a change that has transformed the business
Innovative strategies for overcoming resistance to change
Evidence that the change has strengthened the agility, culture, vision and performance of the organisation.
Organisational Design and HR Innovation
Recognising a HR Team taking the most unique, different, and innovative approach to organisational design, structure, processes and/or strategy to improve operational effectiveness and business performance. Judges will be looking for:
A clear explanation of the new, agile and integrated approach or project
Strong links between the innovative approach or project and the strategic goal of the business
Evidence of the change in methodology and the involvement of its people in implementing and driving change
Clear and measurable return on investment – examples of how the new approach has had a positive impact on the employee experience, operational effectiveness, and business performance.
Innovation through Technology
Recognising the radical and innovative use of technology by an in-house HR team to improve synergies, deliver insight and increase efficiency to the wider organisation. Judges will be looking for:
Clearly understood business and strategic objectives applied to the development of the technology
Evidence of HR’s role in the design and engineering of the technology and its deployment
A clear understanding of how the technology deployed made a measurable difference to all concerned, including leaders, their teams, and customers
The scale of the challenge: the complexity and size of the project, information, campaign, or business issue
Evidence that the use of this technology has improved business efficiency, productivity, and generated a return on investment.
Health and Wellbeing
Recognising outstanding strategies aimed at ensuring the health and wellbeing – whether mental, physical, emotional or financial of its employees and its workforce more broadly in an effort to promote wellness and performance across the organisation. Judges will be looking for:
A clear explanation of a holistic and innovative health and wellbeing strategy
Effective implementation of health and wellbeing initiatives that achieve sustainable business benefits
Evidence of adoption, engagement, and integration of the wellbeing initiative across the organisation
Clear and measurable return on investment – examples of how the strategy has had a positive impact on the employee experience, operational effectiveness, and business performance.
Inclusion and Diversity
Recognising an organisation that has built a culture that promotes trust, collaboration, and growth through a diversified and inclusive environment. Judges will be looking for:
A clear alignment between the organisational culture, vision, and purpose – to support the future direction of the organisation
Evidence of ‘inclusiveness’ as part of your talent and engagement strategy to support a diverse range of experience, industry knowledge, skills and capabilities
Effective implementation of inclusive initiative(s) that are embedded into the organisational culture
Measurable evidence that the inclusive initiative promotes the growth and sustainability of the organisation.
Early Career Employment Programmes
Recognising an organisation’s excellence in developing a business-led, early career training scheme – including apprenticeships, recruitment programmes and school leaver qualification-based schemes. Our judges will be looking for:
Attractiveness of the scheme/programme and innovative methods and tools used to attract talent
Clear links between the training scheme/programme and the strategic goals of the business
Evidence of strong retention rates at the end of the program/qualification
A clear and measurable return on investment.
Community Engagement and Contribution
Recognising businesses who play an active part in engaging and building sustainable communities for the future. It distinguishes projects or initiatives who have delivered outstanding contribution to improve the community. This could include activities to train, support or develop disadvantaged groups, build awareness through fundraising or volunteering initiatives. Our judges will be looking for:
A clear explanation of the community project
Evidence of consistently delivering sustainable and added value to the community
Demonstration on how the project or initiative has delivered long term social and economic benefits to the community
The scale and longevity of the project in delivering lasting positive impact.
Recognising a HR supplier who has demonstrated excellence in partnering with an organisation to contribute to the achievement of organisational objectives and business strategy. Judges will be looking for:
Examples of how you have provided an organisation leading-edge advice which has added value to the organisation and supported a new way of working
Timeliness of the work delivery and evidence that the work was completed within budget
The business process or service offered by the client/organisation has been dramatically enhanced as a result of the relationship
Evidence the client/organisation has achieved a significant competitive advantage and return on investment as a result of the relationship.
HR Team of the Year
Recognising a HR team who have excelled within their function and across the organisation by partnering with the wider business to achieve cross-function synergies and bottom line performance. Judges will be looking for:
Showcases a united front and acts purposefully for the good of their organisation by generating tangible results
Have influenced and inspired their company by employing innovative and unique approaches to addressing key business issues and/or supported a new way of working
Demonstrates a strategic approach to all aspects of HR management and can clearly evidence the impact of their function
Clearly shows an approach that benchmarks and strives for HR excellence within the function.
L&D Team of the Year
Recognising an L&D team who demonstrate excellence in business partnering by helping the organisation translate a business-level strategy into behaviours and business performance outcomes. Judges will be looking for:
A comprehensive understanding of their organisation and learning philosophy which they have embedded into “work”, and can demonstrate how it is “lived” on a daily basis
Enable and equip the organisation to lead a learning culture – creating innovative, inclusive, and meaningful work around key organisational themes
Translates learning into performance by demonstrating expertise on resourcing the business’ strategy and helping create the business’ future
Clearly shows an approach that benchmarks and strives for HR excellence within the team.
You may wish to include an endorsement from your CEO or Heads of Functions you partner with and where possible the impact should be demonstrated by evidence available publicly, e.g. social media or Glassdoor.
Emerging Leader in HR
Recognising an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding approach to their work which goes beyond conventional expectations of their level of operating. Entrants will need to show that they have not only excelled, but that they have gone above and beyond in their attitude to development. Judges will be looking for:
A HR professional, including (but not limited to) business partners, advisors or managers who have demonstrated levels of commercial awareness, strategic intent, business partnering and emotional intelligence not normally associated with level of the role
Real understanding of organisational priorities and how they can add value to the delivery of these
Innovative thinking to challenging situations and brings fresh perspectives to the overall HR team and wider organisation.
HR Director of the Year
Recognising an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and business best-practice at the executive level to drive business strategy and performance. Judges will be looking for:
Led the effective implementation of a bold, visionary, innovative people strategy that aligns to the overall business strategy and contributes to the achievement of organisational objectives
Developed an HR Team that is business integrated, data driven and a trusted strategic business partner
Created an executive culture in which people issues are at the heart of every important business decision
Demonstrated commercial contribution to the business through the team they lead.
Overall Best Place to Work
This award is not open to entry – to be applicable for consideration you must have applied and excelled in at least three award categories.
Chosen by the HRD Judging Panel, the winner will have shown evidence in leading strategic sustainable change, driving business performance, and ultimately creating a great place to work. The winning organisation will demonstrate the most impact on the business philosophy and culture, driving strategic outcomes and delivering business performance as well as contributing to the profession over the last 12 months.
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