HR Distinction Awards 2023 | Award categories
1. Excellence in Career Development
This award recognises an organisation that has demonstrated an outstanding plan for employees in their career development. Entrants should show the HR strategies that have successfully attracted and developed talented individuals in the profession, while also supporting the core business strategies of the organisation. Judges will look at the effectiveness of the programmes in supporting workforce planning, improving individual performance, and driving overall business performance. Winners should showcase their comprehensive career development opportunities, including training, mentoring, coaching, and professional growth opportunities, which have resulted in a highly skilled and motivated workforce.
2. Excellence in Change Management
This award recognises excellence in an organisation’s ability to plan, execute, and manage the transformation process of a business project. Entries should show how HR contributed to all the main redesigned processes that were aligned to the business objective, and how they strengthened the organisation’s growth. Judges will look for how the transformation projects empowered employees to be receptive to the new vision, while minimising any potential negative impacts.
3. Excellence in Compensation & Benefits
This award recognises an organisation that has applied a practical and innovative compensation and benefits scheme to attract, retain, and engage employees. Entrants should show how the overall HR strategic plan satisfied the employees while staying in control of the budget. Judges will look at how the C&B strategy aligned with the employee value proposition and met the overall business goals.
4. Excellence in Crisis Management & Recovery (NEW*)
This award recognises an organisation that has developed and implemented a strategic crisis management/contingency plan to deal with the impact of unexpected events on their business and employees. Entrants should demonstrate a proactive and strategic approach to crisis management, including identifying potential risks, and implementing effective measures to manage and mitigate them, such as flexible work hours, work-from-home arrangements, leave management, etc. Judges will look for effective HR contingency plans that identified potential risks and implemented measures to help with employee retention and satisfaction, business performance, and productivity.
5. Excellence in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
This award recognises an organisation that has fostered a diverse workforce that provides an equitable and inclusive workplace. Entrants should show how their best diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies were embedded within the organisational culture, HR policies, and procedures. Judges will look for action-oriented approaches that ensured a level of transparency, and removed any unfair bias, along with any measurable evidence of the initiatives’ effect on the growth and sustainability of the organisation.
6.Excellence in Employee Care & Wellbeing (NEW*)
This award recognises an organisation that has demonstrated a strong commitment to prioritising the health, safety, and overall wellbeing of its employees by implementing comprehensive policies and programmes that addressed physical, mental, and emotional health, and prioritised work-life balance. Judges will look for companies that went above and beyond to create a supportive workplace culture that fostered employee development, engagement, and satisfaction. Entrants should demonstrate a genuine commitment to the care and wellbeing of their employees, resulting in a highly engaged and motivated workforce.
7. Excellence in Employee Development
This award recognises an organisation that had a clear and personalised ongoing development plan for individual employees – from training to career development. Entrants should show how the HR programmes and policies promoted a clear vision of employee development and encouraged employees and managers to proactively participate in on-the-job trainings, coaching, mentoring, and other initiatives designed to improve employee skills and knowledge. Judges will look at how the HR strategies and programmes provided a supportive workplace culture that encouraged ongoing learning and development, and enhanced the personal growth of employees.
8. Excellence in Employee Engagement
This award recognises an organisation that has an effective employee engagement strategy which is aligned with its wider business objectives, and has benefited the organisation’s growth, engagement, retention, and more. Entrants should show specific engagement initiatives that supported employees’ commitment and satisfaction at work. Judges will look for high-level engagement initiatives that increased the productivity of the organisation’s overall performance.
9. Excellence in Employer Branding
This award recognises an organisation with a high-value proposition and highly identifiable branding that has created value to the organisation. Entrants should show how a strong branding campaign helped in employee recruitment, retention, and engagement. Judges will look for how the campaign promoted the employer brand, growth of the brand, and the sustainability of the organisation.
10. Excellence in ESG Strategy (NEW*)
This category recognises companies who have successfully integrated sustainable and responsible practices into their HR operations. Entrants should showcase how their HR strategies aligned with environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and strong corporate governance practices, resulting in long-term value creation for all stakeholders. Judges will look at the company’s approach to integrating ESG (environmental, social, and governance) considerations into its HR practices which enhanced its reputation, and created a better world for all parties. Winners should have a clear and comprehensive ESG strategy that resulted in tangible benefits for the organisation and society at large.
11. Excellence in Graduate & Management Trainee Program
This award recognises an organisation that has an exceptional recruitment and development programme for fresh graduates or early-stage professionals. Entrants should show how their HR strategies attracted and developed new talent to the organisation and supported core business strategies, while enabling graduates and trainees to develop key skills, knowledge, and competencies required for success in their roles. Judges will look at the effectiveness of the organisation’s graduate and management trainee programmes in supporting workforce planning, improving individual performance, and driving overall business success.
12. Excellence in HR Digital Transformation (NEW*)
This award recognises an organisation that has wholeheartedly embraced the digital revolution with campaigns to speed up HR innovations and improve synergies across teams. Entrants should show their HR investments in digitalisation and their impact on enriching the employee experience, and supporting the wider strategy of the organisation. Judges will look for HR digital initiatives that have helped to evolve a digital culture and contributed to the bottom line of the organisation.
13. Excellence in Innovative Use of HR Tech
This award recognises an organisation that has implemented HR technology or digital solutions to speed up the business performance and productivity. Entrants should show their best implementation of the advanced HR technology and how they harnessed the data to exceed their business objectives. Judges will look for the complexity and size of the project or business issue, results on growth opportunities, and ROI from these initiatives.
14. Excellence in Leadership Development
This award recognises an organisation that has implemented a sustainable leadership development programme to strengthen the knowledge and skills of current and potential future managers. Entrants should show an exemplary leadership development plan and training processes that have supported an employee’s transition to a management position. Judges will look for how these initiatives promoted continuous learning, contributed to individual excellence in performance, and improved the business performance.
15. Excellence in Learning & Development
This award recognises an organisation that has implemented an innovative learning and development programme that has exceeded its business objectives and contributed to its bottom line. Entrants should show a state-of-the-art programme that has strengthened individual and organisational performance, and promoted a culture of continuous L&D in the organisation, which has provided an engaging and effective learning environment that has fostered employee growth and development. Judges will look at the design, creation, and implementation of a specific learning and development strategy that has effectively hit organisational targets and contributed to the organisation’s bottom line.
16. Excellence in Mobility Strategy (NEW*)
This award recognises an organisation that has implemented inclusive strategies that offer flexibility and remote work options, matching the needs of employees with the business function to maximise the employees’ working ability and efficiency, while maintaining the company’s momentum to stay the same. Judges will look at how these mobility strategies positively impacted the staff’s work-life balance, while accounting for productivity and business success. Winners of this category should showcase their flexible work arrangements that catered to the diverse needs of its employees and enabled them to work effectively from any location.
17. Excellence in Recruitment Innovation (NEW*)
This award recognises an organisation that has implemented innovative strategies in its recruitment processes. Companies that excel in recruitment innovation are committed to creating an inclusive environment where all employees can thrive and stay ahead of the competition in today’s rapidly changing business landscape. Judges will look for companies that went beyond the traditional methods of recruitment, and used cutting-edge technologies and creative approaches to attract top talent. Entrants should demonstrate how they leveraged technology to streamline and enhance the recruitment processes, promoted diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices, and created a positive candidate experience.
18. Excellence in Retention Strategy (NEW*)
This award recognises an organisation that has excelled in its retention strategies and created a positive work environment that prioritised employee satisfaction and engagement by offering a competitive compensation and benefits packages, provided opportunities for career growth and development, and fostered a culture of collaboration and teamwork. A happy and fulfilled workforce is more likely to stay with the company long-term; and companies that prioritise retention strategies are able to reduce employee turnover rates, retain top talent, and maintain a competitive advantage in their industry. Judges will be looking for companies that went beyond the traditional ways of retention, and instead, used data-driven insights to identify and address factors that impact employee turnover rates.
19. Excellence in Rewards & Recognition
This award recognises an organisation that has created new and dynamic measures to celebrate and incentivise its employees’ efforts and contributions towards its business. Judges will look for entries that exhibited genuine acknowledgment and impactful initiatives that inspired employees to be at their very best.
20. Excellence in Talent Acquisition (NEW*)
This award recognises an organisation that has implemented innovative and effective strategies to identify, attract, and hire top talent. Companies that prioritise talent acquisition are able to attract top talent, build a strong employer brand, and stay ahead of the competition in today’s competitive job market. Judges will look for companies that had a deep understanding of their talent needs, used data-driven insights to develop targeted recruitment campaigns, along with innovative approaches to source and attract talent. Winners should showcase how their strategies were results-driven, innovative, and had a measurable impact on the organisation’s talent pipeline and overall success.
21. Excellence in Talent Management
This award recognises an organisation that has implemented an outstanding talent development plan. Entrants should show how the HR policies and strategies were effective on talent identification, management, and retention. Judges will look for succession planning initiatives that forecast a talent pipeline and its contribution to achieving leadership succession and business goals.
22. Excellence in Workplace Culture
This award recognises an organisation that has developed a strong workplace culture and values that have enhanced its business performance. Entrants should show how HR nurtured and communicated the cultural values to employees across all functions. Judges will look at the effectiveness of the organisation’s workplace culture initiatives in creating proactive employee engagement, and meeting business objectives. Winners should demonstrate how the positive workplace culture fostered employee growth and development, promoted diversity and inclusion, and encouraged collaboration and teamwork.
23. HR Team of the Year
This award recognises the HR team which has excelled within its function or across functions. Entrants should show tangible results of initiatives in team morale, employee engagement, teamwork, and cohesiveness. Judges will look for the HR team’s strategic approach to all aspects of HR management and its impact on the wider business, and the employees’ experience and satisfaction.