HR Distinction Awards 2022 | Award categories

1. Excellence in Crisis Management (NEW*)
This award recognises an organisation that has created and implemented a strategic crisis management plan to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic or any other crises. Entrants should show how HR initiatives such as flexible work hours, work-from-home arrangements and leave management helped overcome major challenges and sustained employees, and business development. Judges will look for effective HR contingency plans, employee retention and satisfaction, business performance and productivity.
2. Excellence in Data Analytics Initiative (NEW*)

This award recognises organisations that analyze raw data for insights and trends. By using various tools and techniques to help make decisions and succeed by using insights from data. This allows the company to make informed decisions in the face of uncertainty. The winner of this category will use data analysis to increase efficiency and improve performance by discovering patterns in data via compelling visualisations that help tell the story and bring about informed action.

3. Excellence in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
This award recognises an organisation that fosters 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-orientated approaches that ensured a level of transparency and removed of any unfair bias, along with any measurable evidence of the initiatives’ effect on the growth and sustainability of the organisation.
4. Excellence in Early Career Development (NEW*)
This award recognises an organisation that has an outstanding recruitment/development internship plan for fresh graduate or employees in the early stage of career development. Entrants should show HR strategies that attracted and developed new talent to the profession and supported core business strategies. Judges will look for the programmes’ effect on supporting workforce planning, individual performance, and business performance.
5. 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.
6. Excellence in Employee Caring
This award recognises an organisation that has created and implemented an innovative employee wellbeing strategy during the pandemic. Entrants should show how HR initiatives supported the employees’ mental and physical wellbeing, family concerns and stress resilience in the workplace. Judges will look for a measurable return on HR-related investments made in this area and the impact on the employee experience, operational effectiveness, and business performance.
7. Excellence in Employee Crisis Support (NEW*)
This award recognises the organisation’s ability to support employees during a crisis situation. Entries should show how HR contributed to all the core processes to support employees in a more effective way through various types of crises. Judges will look for the transformation initiatives that have empowered employees to be receptive to revised or renewed vision, and minimise potential negative impacts from crises.
8. Excellence in Employee Development
This award recognises an organisation that has a clear and personalised development plan for individual employees – from training to career development. Entrants should show how HR programmes and policies promoted a clear vision of personal development and encouraged employees and managers to proactively participate in on-the-job trainings and career development that aligned with the business goals. Judges will look for data of how HR strategies and programmes enhanced the personal growth of employees.
9. 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 benefited the organisation’s growth, engagement, retention, and more. Entries 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.
10. Excellence in Employee Wellbeing
This award recognises an organisation that has developed innovative strategies to improve employees’ physical and mental wellbeing, and boosted their productivity at work. Entrants should show how their best employee wellbeing initiatives were put into their HR policies and practices. Judges will look for the positive results and impact from these initiatives on employees’ physical and mental health, business performance and productivity.
11. Excellence in Employee Work-Life Balance (NEW*)
This award recognises an organisation that keeps their employees’ work-life balance healthy. Judges will look for entries that demonstrate how their flexible hours, generous time off, and transparency around mental health policies helps preserve employee’s well-being.
12. Excellence in Flexible Working Strategy
This award recognises inclusive strategies which go far beyond regulatory guidance to offer flexibility and remote work options, matching the needs of employees and the business function. Judges will look for how these strategies positive affect their staff while accounting for a productive business.
13. Excellence in HR Digitalisation
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 HR investment in digitalisation and its impact on enriching the employee experience, and supporting the wider strategy of the organisation. Judges will look for HR digital initiatives that have helped evolve a digital culture and contributed to the bottom line of the organisation.
14. Excellence in Innovative Use of HR Tech
This award recognises an organisation that implements HR technology or digital solutions to speed up the business performance and productivity. Entrants should show their best implementation of advanced HR technology and an ability to harness 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.
15. Excellence in Internal Communication
This award will look at entries that demonstrate measurable evidence as to how their communication processes have proved effective in developing and strengthening office relations resulting in positive outputs through workplace social dynamics.
16. 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 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 business performance.
17. Excellence in Learning & Development

This award recognises an organisation that has implemented an innovative learning & development programme to exceed its business aim and contribute to its bottom line. Entrants should show a state-of-the-art programme that strengthened performance and promoted continuous L&D in the organisation. Judges will look for the design, creation and implementation of a specific L&D strategy that hit its organisation’s targets and contributed to its bottom line.

18. Excellence in Pandemic Response (NEW*)
This award recognises an organisation that has developed initiatives allowing its employees to not just survive but ultimately thrive throughout the pandemic. Judges will look for entries that clearly demonstrate resilience, ingenuity, and tenacity within their respective scope of responsibilities that looks after employees and businesses altogether.
19. Excellence in Rewards & Recognition (NEW*)
This award recognises an organisation that has created new and dynamic measures to celebrate and incentivise its employees’ efforts and contribution towards its business. Judges will look for entries that exhibit genuine acknowledgment and impactful initiatives that inspire employees to be at their very best.
20. Excellence in Talent Management
This award recognises an organisation that has implemented an outstanding talent development plan. Entrants should show how HR policies and strategies were effective on talent identification, management and retention. Judges will look for succession planning initiatives that forecasts a talent pipeline and its contribution to achieving leadership succession and business goals.
21. Excellence in Workplace Culture
This award recognises an organisation that has developed an identified workplace culture and values which enhanced its business performance. Entrants should show how HR nurtured and communicated the cultural values to employees across functions. Judges will look for how these initiatives created proactive employee engagement and met business objectives.