Award categories


1. Best Graduate Training Programme

This category recognises the efforts of organisations in developing high-calibre graduates that are either recent school leavers or those with one-two years of work experience. The judges will determine the success of the organisation by its ability to display success in grooming young talent to become future leaders through an accelerated learning environment, formal training, purposeful business opportunities, and professional development.

2. Best Management Training Programme

This category recognises effective and all-rounded management training programmes focused on grooming high-potential talent across various career stages from early, mid, to top-level leadership positions. Winners of this category showcase how relevant and consistent management training has enabled the talent to execute business strategies and contribute to long-term success.

3. Best Executive Coaching Programme (NEW)

This category recognises HR teams that have designed executive coaching programmes tailored to help senior executives become adaptive, innovative, and more agile business leaders. Focused on rewarding HR teams that have either organised in-house transformational coaching or collaborated with external vendors, winners of this category should demonstrate how the programmes have helped to shift behaviours and mindsets while fuelling business growth.

4. Best Holistic Leadership Development Strategy

HR and leadership functions are under extreme pressure to proactively prepare organisations for the long road to recovery. Winners of this category have designed leadership programmes focusing on communication skills, soft skills training, leadership development strategies, the effectiveness of the various programmes, and the business benefits accrued from developing high-quality leaders.

5. Best Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy

Equal opportunity employment goes beyond numbers and quotas to unlock inclusive policies that do not discriminate in recruiting, hiring, training or promoting under any circumstances. This category recognises the organisation that has taken active steps in recognising and celebrating all forms of diversity, not limited to race, gender identity, age, sexuality, culture, and physical capabilities, and has put in place policies for inclusion across the workforce.

6. Best Employee Engagement Communication Strategy (NEW)

Leading organisations can deliver a gold-quality employee experience by capitalising on a wide array of internal and external communication channels. This category recognises the HR teams that have transformed the business through effective, transparent, and engaging communication strategies. Winners of this category will demonstrate how the leaders have taken a further step in leveraging communication tools, social media, and other innovative engagement practices, to reliably communicate key messaging to various stakeholders, keeping them highly engaged in the progress of business decisions on a daily basis.

7. Best ESG Strategy

ESG has been increasingly important for a business where employees and investors increase their focus on whether or not the company is socially responsible and sustainable. This category recognises an organisation with a comprehensive environmental, social, and governance strategy and its implementation into its HR planning. Winners of this category should demonstrate how the leaders leverage ESG initiatives to take a more responsible approach to their business while also engaging with its workforce.


8. Best Career Development Programme

This category recognises the career development opportunities the organisation provides for its employees such as coaching, mentoring, upskilling, lateral moves, reverse mentoring, and more. Winners of this category showcase strong business alignment, a lifelong commitment to employees’ professional development, and mastery in planning for future skill sets.

9. Best Digital Learning Transformation (NEW)

This category recognises the best transformation strategy in continuing to provide learning and development tools for employees amid the shift to a more variable working environment. Winners of the category showcase a seamless conversion and adaption from traditional learning programmes to digital. 

10. Best Learning and Development Programme

Leading the future of work transformation, L&D programmes form a key element of robust talent development and business progression. Workplace learning empowers employees to hone new skills and grow professionally, while on the business front, it helps to engage the workforce and increase productivity. Winners of the category should showcase how they integrate blended learning and unlock talent capabilities through learning tech and tools to improve bottom-line business productivity.

11. Best Organisational Upskilling and Reskilling Strategy

A high-performing, agile organisation is often identified by its future-ready organisational design, underpinned by a strategic approach to upskilling and reskilling. Winners of this category showcase how effective they are in helping employees thrive in the current business climate and provide a platform to hone skill sets for future employability through a company-wide skills programme.

12. Best Virtual Learning Initiative (NEW)

This category recognises the best learning initiatives/programmes that provide innovative, interactive, and educational content utilising virtual elements to enhance the learning experience for new and tenured talent. Winners of this category showcase how they effectively and creatively use the new technology applications and communication to facilitate the learning experience for the workforce and achieve tangible results.


13. Best Crisis Management and Communication Strategy (NEW)

In the face of dramatic contextual jolts, HR deliverables of talent, leadership, and organisation become even more pivotal. This category recognises the best strategy for helping their employees in managing and communicating with them in times of crisis. Winners of this category will clearly indicate how HR has helped to make bold business decisions by establishing clear conversation channels with all employees of different levels during tough situations, and having a robust business continuity plan to ensure the business stays afloat.

14. Best Employee Retention Strategy (NEW)

This category recognises the best business offering or attractive packages that drives employee job satisfaction, achieves low turnover rates, and raises employee morale. Winners of this category should showcase how their company invests in their employees’ careers, recognises employees’ positive contributions, transparent compensation schemes, attractive benefits packages, and a suitable workplace culture for the employees.

15. Best Employee Wellness Strategy

Wellness and employee engagement go hand-in-hand. High-performing companies that measure employee health as a crucial part of their overall risk management strategy generate a healthier workforce, organisational culture, and financial bottom line. This category recognises the organisation that has an integrated plan of action that boosts the holistic wellness of the workforce through a mental, emotional, financial and physical lens.

16. Best Employee-friendly Workplace (NEW)

This category recognises companies that prioritise the employees’ physical and mental needs, designing a comfortable workplace and building a positive company culture for employees. Winners of this category demonstrated how their employee-friendly working environment has enhanced a high level of employee satisfaction, boosted overall morale, lifted team spirit, and helped to attract and retain talent for the company.

17. Best Employer Branding

This category recognises companies that have successfully created a strong brand story that resonates with employees and positions the organisation at the top of candidates’ employer wish lists. Winners of this category demonstrate how they leverage innovative storytelling techniques, inspirational employer branding champions, and partnerships with internal stakeholders, among many others, to engage potential and current employees.

18. Best Engagement Programme (NEW)

A great engagement programme helps the organisation to build an efficient team with a greater sense of belonging and collaboration within the company, and thus achieve a higher business performance and team bonding. This category recognises organisations that consistently deliver a positive, respectful, and professional engaging experience at all touch-points with all the staff, including newcomers and candidates. Winners of this category illustrate how effective the employee engagement programme is in enhancing employee engagement, encouraging internal communication, and boosting team bonding.

19. Best Flexible Working Strategy

Since the pandemic, a flexible work arrangement has become more commonplace, encouraging organisations to redefine productivity, inclusiveness, and connectedness with flexible work. This category recognises the organisation that has successfully managed its workforce by going above and beyond with flexible working arrangements, staying connected, and engaged with their staff to ensure positive outcomes/benefits to both the employee and company. Winners of this category should showcase how organisational leaders have successfully leveraged digital technologies and promoted a friendly working culture, collaboration, and leadership, to keep a pulse on employees without causing disruptions to workflow processes and business productivity.

20. Best HR Digital Transformation Strategy

With the shift in generational demographics, on top of rapid technological advancements, HR is often left trying to balance legacy organisational processes with the demands of a new generation of employees. Winners of this category showcase how their HR department has taken the lead to transform the business through digitisation and digitalisation, while improving the overall employee experience.

21. Best Innovative and Sustainable Workplace

An attractive, well-conceptualised office with a focus on sustainability is vital to an organisation’s employee value proposition. Forward-looking organisations understand the impact of a conducive and vibrant workspace on talent attraction and employee productivity. Winners of this category provide sustainable and ergonomic workplaces that provide spaces for employees to perform, collaborate, and thrive.

22. Best Onboarding Programme

Companies that overcome specific cultural and logistical challenges to create an engaging new-employee experience in a region as diverse as Asia will thrive in this category. This category recognises the organisations that have excelled in welcoming new employees from day one to their ramp-up towards productivity through the necessary knowledge, skills and disposition, to become valuable team members.

23. Best Response to Pandemic (NEW)

This category recognises the organisation that demonstrated excellence in helping their employees adopt and overcome the impact of the pandemic. Winners of this category should illustrate their successful strategy from managing staffing disruptions, and the changing nature of workplaces, to successfully engaging staff and looking out for their mental wellbeing.

24. Best Rewards and Recognition Programme

Effective employee recognition programmes help to attract and retain top talent and ensure that employees feel valued, appreciated, and motivated to achieve company goals. This category recognises the organisation that integrates relevant and innovative rewards to drive recognition and incentivises the behaviours required to enhance the organisational culture.

25. Best Talent Development Strategy (NEW)

Helping employees develop new skills while improving their existing skill sets through upskilling and training/learning of skills is key to a company’s success, allowing them to be ahead of their competition by nurturing an organic growth plan of their talent’s abilities. Winners of this category demonstrated how their talent development strategy improved work efficiency, boosted talent morale, and helped in attracting and retaining talent.

26. Best Work-life Harmony Strategy

It’s vital that employees can strike a balance between work and personal life, significantly when technology and remote working have blurred the line between work and home. This category recognises the organisations that provide workplace flexibility and other holistic benefits/programmes to help employees cope with the demands of home and career while increasing productivity and reducing turnover.