The HR Excellence Awards are the longest running, most sought after and highly regarded in the industry.
Returning for their 21st year, the Awards are celebrating the light HR shines on business – how innovative people strategy can transform not just the culture of an organisation, but its bottom line too.
The categories for 2016 include the new ‘Best global HR strategy’ and ‘HR future leader of the year’, ensuring the Awards represent the increasingly international nature of business while not forgetting the grassroots of HR.
The HR Excellence Awards are hard to win. Any award worth winning should be. The judging panel consists of top HR directors and CEOs from a range of organisations and the criteria has been tightened for 2016, meaning only the very best entries make it on to the shortlist.
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The main component of an entry is the entry document (see next tab). This document should include the following:
The core component of your entry is the ‘Entry document’, which must meet the requirements above and meet the following formatting requirements:
Your entry also requires an entry photo which represents the project and/or team. Please upload this with your entry.
In addition to the entry document, you may include supporting material. Supporting material does not contribute to the 2000 word limit of the entry document. Supporting material may include, but is not limited to:
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Please note that all essential information should go into your entry document. Supporting material should only back up what is in the main entry document.
For the HR Excellence Awards 2016, initiatives or strategies entered should include demonstrable results from the period January 2015 to March 2016.
Initiatives or strategies developed and implemented prior to this period are eligible provided the impact was measured during the past year.
Entry fees for 2016 are as follows:
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The Global Growth Institute (GGI) helps to ‘make strategy work’ through building the engagement capability of organisations. a short word for this is excellence, from managerial excellence to operational excellence. partnering with hr magazine to as headline partner of the hr excellence awards is aligned with its purpose of helping managers, leaders and organisations to make strategy work.
The company’s executive team has worked with over 500 organisations, and thousands of leaders and managers across all major industries in over 100 countries. Through this experience it has gained first-hand knowledge and insights into what ‘excellence’ looks like, and how some of the world’s most admired organisations achieve growth and high performance through building the engagement capability of their people.
GGI helps organisations and investors to realise step changes in performance and build true competitive advantage through its unique approach to aligning organisations, developing exceptional leadership teams, developing world class managers and properly leveraging the organisation’s knowledge. From the performance of oil wells in the Far East to staff utilisation in the Americas, GGI helps complex organisations operating in complex global environments to get the best from their people.
The Global Growth Institute is headline partner of the HR Excellence Awards 2016.
10Eighty are experts in increasing employee engagement. We know that engaged employees are more productive, deliver exceptional client service, go the extra mile and stay longer with the organisation. The key driver of employee engagement is having a manager who cares, listens, stretches and develops their employees.
We develop people. We give them confidence, build their self-esteem and give them skills that enrich their futures. We use a strengths-based philosophy to increase career resilience and enhance career success. We understand the components that drive high team performance.
10Eighty delivers a range of career management and leadership development interventions. Using our unique and innovative tools such as the CareerCENTRE, Strengthscope and the Leadership Cloud, we deliver one to one coaching, workshops and support for career transitions.
10Eighty develops leadership capability and, in particular, training in career conversations to increase employee engagement. We also develop management capability to build managers who inspire, coach and motivate their employees to outstanding levels of performance.
DAC Beachcroft is a leading international legal business with more than 2,200 people and coverage across the UK, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and North America. We provide a full service commercial, transactional, claims, risk, employment and advisory capability. We work with clients in a select range of industry sectors and are market leaders in health, insurance and real estate.
Dorchester Collection was established in 2006 to manage a portfolio of some of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA.
By applying its unrivalled experience in owning and operating some of the world’s great individual hotels, the company’s vision is to become the ultimate hotel management company, with a passion for excellence and innovation, honouring the individuality and heritage of its hotels. This is achieved through both acquiring hotels and managing hotels on behalf of third party owners.
People know the hotels of Dorchester Collection. They are icons in their own right with worldwide reputations as places offering the best and most sought-after experiences of good living, charm, elegance and service. Each hotel celebrates its own original character enriched by contemporary styling and state-of-the-art facilities. With historic buildings in outstanding locations each hotel also embodies the culture of its city.
MidlandHR specialises in helping organisations to embrace the operational and strategic challenges of modern business, covering talent management, HR, payroll and business analytics. Our customer community is growing by the day, meaning MidlandHR is now helping to drive the performance of businesses employing over 10% of the UK workforce.
With over 30 years of experience, MidlandHR provides entirely UK based solutions and services to some of the largest and most successful organisations in the UK. Our solutions inject best practice processes into the entire employment lifecycle, from recruitment to succession planning. This enables customers to transform their business by removing administrative burdens, reducing operational costs, and retaining and developing business critical talent in line with corporate goals.
Customers include: Cafcass, Freeths, Gateshead College, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue, Sytner, Laing O’Rourke, Nottingham City Transport, Plymouth University, Powys County Council, The Salvation Army, Swinton Group Ltd, TK MAXX, T.M.Lewin, and more.
The HR Excellence Awards are recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the HR community. Now in their 22nd year, the HR Excellence Awards are a unique opportunity for the whole industry to gather on a single evening to celebrate the best in achievement, ability and performance. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the 28th June at the prestigious London Hilton Hotel and it sees the industry’s leading movers and shakers gather to honour their peers in the HR community. In 2015 we had a record-breaking number of nominations and over 600 industry professionals attended making it the most prestigious event in the HR calendar.
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We were very pleased to support HR Excellence Awards 2015 and in particular, to be the sponsor of the ‘Best HR Team: Public Sector’ category. We also thank HR magazine and the Mark Allen Group for their organisational skills and running yet another successful event, especially as it was the 20th anniversary year. It was a fun, positive night and provides much optimism for the future of HR across the UK and in an international setting
- Stephen Nunn, HR Manager, Education HR Team, EES for Schools
The HR Excellence Awards ceremony is renowned as THE night in the HR calendar, attracting the UK’s most talented HR individuals, teams and companies. By attending the awards you will have the opportunity to network with over 600 fellow HR professionals and learn about the strategies that raise the profile of HR.
The gala dinner and awards ceremony for the 21st Annual HR Excellence Awards will take place on Tuesday 28th June, at the prestigious London Hilton on Park Lane.
Your ticket prices includes champagne on arrival overlooking London’s stunning Hyde Park, an excellent three course meal including half a bottle of wine per person and live entertainment from a top class host, as well as attendance at the most prestigious awards in HR.
Book now: Bookings will be open shortly
Date: Tuesday 28th June 2016
Dress code: Black tie
Venue: London Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE
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Please note all prices exclude VAT.
River Island's HR team is a real mixed bag. Among its 36 members are those with both specialist and generalist skills. The team deals with the full gamut of HR issues, from recruitment and operational tasks to learning and development and reward.
Please click here to find out more about why River Island won this year's 'Best HR team: private sector' award
Highly Commended: British Gas
Penguin Random House
RWE GBS UK
In a country such as Singapore, which is about half the size of Greater London and has a population of just five million, workforce issues can have a devastating impact on the entire nation's productivity.
Please click here to find out more about why National Environment Agency (Singapore) won this year's 'Best HR strategy overseas' award
Highly Commended: Kimberly-ClarkFinalists:
The judges were extremely impressed with the way River Island's recruitment strategy "understands its demographic and really targets recruitment round that", praising particularly the organisation's use of social media.
Please click here to find out more about why river island won this year's 'Most effective recruitment strategy' award.Finalists:
In 2011/12, Virgin Atlantic Group posted an operating loss of £80.2 million, prompting the company to undertake extensive research across the whole business.
Please click here to find out more about why virgin atlantic airways won this year's 'Best learning and development strategy' .
Allstate Northern Ireland
The Landmark London Hotel
Merging two workforces is never easy, what with the cultural change required. When two further education colleges merged in 2010 to create Gower College Swansea, it was clear that the right technology solution was needed to support this intergration.
Please click here to find out more about why Gower College Swansea won this year's 'Most innovative deployment of HR technology'.
Nationwide Building Society
It hasn't been an easy few year for the public sector. Austerity measures have made areas such as recruitment, reward and learning and development difficult. Most organisations have had to come up with some very cleaver ways to maintain service provision under restrained budgets.
Please click here to find out more about why cornwall council won this year's 'Best HR team: public and not-for-profit sector' award
Highly Commended: Wiltshire Council
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Nottingham City Council
For hotel groups in particular, which rely on excellent guest service to thrive, their companies really are only as good as their people. And yet this sector faces the challenge of high staff turnover - on average between 35% and 50% - and fierce competition for talented staff.
Please click here to find out more about why the Dorchester Collection won this year's 'Best talent management strategy'.
Highly Commended: Hilton Worldwide
Northumbrian Water Group's (NWG) internal communicatinons strategy is particularly impressive because not so long ago the organisation had nothing of the kind in place.
Please click here to find out more about why Northumbrian Water Group won this year's 'Most effective internal communications strategy'.
Surrey County Council
TATA Consultancy Services
As well as being an ethical win, health and wellbeing strategies can add to the bottom line in terms of retention, engagement and productivity. It's perhaps no surprise then that health and wellbeing is increasingly becoming a boardroom issue, with companies tailoring their offering.
Please click here to find out more about why Vaultex UK won this year's 'Health and wellbeing award'.
Edge Hill University
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
The University of Lincoln
The judges declared this entry "fantastic" in the context of public sector rewards and benefits. But that in no way implies Nottingham City Council's achievements in this area are inferior to what might be achieved in a private sector context. Rather, this verdict referred to the incredible results delivered not only in creating benefits successful in helping to attract, recruit, retain and develop talented employees, but doing so while making the savings needed in a period of cost-cutting.
Please click here to find out more about why Nottingham City Council won this year's 'Most effective rewards and benefits strategy'.
TATA Consultancy Services
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has had a bit of a makeover in the past few years, moving from painting walls or baking cakes to being closely tied to skills and wider business strategy. This creating shared value approach to CSR is something that hs been embraced whole-heartedly by furniture retailer DFS - and is why its HR team has walked away with this year's HR Excellence AWard for best CSHR strategy.
Please click here to find out more about why DFS won this year's 'Best CSHR strategy'.
Poor customer service, disillusioned colleagues and flagging finances. These are not the ingredients of a successful business, as Gala Bingo knew all too well. Faced with declining employee and customer experience, falling admissions revenue and staffing model, the organisation had to do something radical.
Please click here to find out more about why Gala Bingo won this year's 'Most successful change management strategy'.
BBC South West
Hertfordshire County Council
Indesit Company UK
Recruitment firm Page used to operate in silos. Although it was commercially successful, the business understood that, from an employee engagement perspective, it could be so much more. So, in 2012, the company brought all its business together under a single brand and managment structure: PageGroup.
Please click here to find out more about why PageGroup won this year's 'Outstanding employee engagement strategy'.
Highly Commended: VINCI Construction UK
Skipton Building Society
VINCI Construction UK
Whittlebury Hall & Spa
As one of the largest red brick universities in the UK, the University of Birmingham aspires to stand out on a global stage, so diversity and inclusion are key. After all, when it comes to innovative ideas and rigorous academic debate, diversity of thought is critical.
Please click here to find out more about why the University of Birmingham won this year's 'Diversity and inclusion award'.
At the tender age of just 25, Rakhee Patel is, in her role as people and talent lead, responsible for overseeing recruitment for a team of up to 4,000 global employees from the Dorchester Collection's corporate office in London.
Please click here to find out more about why Rakhee Patel won this year's 'HR young talent of the year'.
Kathryn Grant, Cafcass
Inder Kumar, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services
Every organisation knows that is success relies on people whose knowledge, reach, commitment and enthusiasm embody the organisation's values and approach. At United Learning, Lindsay Batchford is such a person.
Please click here to find out more about why Lindsay Batchford won this year's 'HR practitioner of the year'.
Highly Commended: Kessar Kalim, Cafcass
Building society Nationwide recently reported profits of £1.22 billion, a rise of 32%. So outgoing chief executive Graham Beale, who recently announced he would be learning the organisation, is certainly going out on a high. But it's not just about the financials. He is also leaving having been recognised as the UK's most people-focused CEO in the private sector.
Please click here to find out more about why Graham Beale won this year's 'Most people-focused CEO: private sector'.
Imran Akram, Asons
Jason Bowler, Resourcing Group
Paul Evans, AXA
Laurence Hipkin, Stryker
Connor McCormack, Inchcape
Adrian Moorhouse, Lane4
David Pollock, Chess Telecom
Olaf Swantee, EE
Karen Armitage, chief executive of Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), says she was 'born to work in public service'. It is this clear sense of purpose and mission that has contributed to her winning this award.
Please click here to find out more about why Karen Armitage won this year's 'Most people-focused CEO: public and not-for-profit sector'.
David Bull, Unicef
Julie Fadden, SLH Group
Anne Hinchey, Wales & West Housing
Alison Lowe, Touchstone
Ian Munro, New Charter Housing Trust Group
Rob Owen, St Giles Trust
Nigel Parrington, Salvation Army Housing Association
Rob Trimble, Bromley by Bow Centre
High-street clothing chain River Island had quite a night at the 2015 HR Excellence Awards, walking off with 'Most effective recruitment strategy', 'Best HR team: private team' and the overall Gold award. And as if that wasn't enough, HR diretor Karen Beaven has taken the crown of HR director of the year.
Please click here to find out more about why Karen Beaven won this year's 'HR director of the year'.
Andy Dodman, The University of Sheffield
Jo Lloyd, Arco
Liz McGivern, Red Carnation Hotels
Stephen Moir, NHS England
Therese Procter, Tesco Bank
Stevan Rolls, Deloitte
John Stewart, SSE
Rachel Stock, Trinity Mirror
Mike Williams, Byron
Anyone wondering how best to take HR from a transactional function within their business to a truly strategic one could do a lot worse than take a leaf from River Island's book. The company has won an impressive three awards this year, making it a highly worthy winner of our prestigious Gold award.
Please click here to find out more about why River Island won this year's HR Excellence Gold award.
Please see answers to some frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with the awards team on 020 7501 6782, who will be happy to help.
A: You must submit your entry/entries by Monday 7th March 2016.
A: If you enter before Friday 29th January 2016 you can enter at a discounted rate. For private companies, it costs £350 (increasing to £385 after the 29th January). For public and not-for-profit companies, it costs £175 (increasing to £195 after the 29th January).
For private companies entering more than one award, each subsequent entry costs £195.
A: There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. However, you should avoid duplicating entries across multiple categories, tailoring the entry specifically to the criteria of the category you are entering.
A: Yes, although their permission must be obtained and evidence of this shown. You will be asked to provide contact details of a senior person at the organisation. We may or may not contact this person.
A: The ‘Best HR strategy overseas’ award is open to non-UK based organisations.
A: UK companies can also enter ‘Best HR strategy overseas’, if you are a regional business based outside the UK and without a global reach.
A: The main component of your entry is the entry document. The entry document should be no more than 2000 words. All key information listed in the criteria for the category needs to be in the entry document and not in the supporting material.
Supporting material is optional and may be submitted in addition to the entry document. It should be used to illustrate/demonstrate what is in the entry document. Supporting material may include, but is not limited to: photographs, testimonials, graphs/data, videos (please send USB stick), hard copies of any printed material (eg brochures).
A: Once you have submitted your entries they will be processed by the awards team, ready for judging. Judging takes place in April and we will announce the shortlist during the week of 18th April.
A: The winners are announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 28th June 2016 in London. Please keep this date free in your diary.
A: The HR Excellence Awards 2016 will be judged by a panel of judges made up of some of the UK’s top HR directors working in leading organisations.