CIPD award categories & criteria

THE CIPD award categories and criteria for each award.


Excellence in Developing People Award

This award looks for training and development strategies or activities that have delivered major business or organisation benefits. It will look favourably at new approaches created by the organisation and entries should show evidence of improved performance and enhanced employee skills and capabilities. The ability to show how the initiative has helped employees achieve key organisational objectives would be most welcome. The Judges will look for structured design and well delivered initiatives which have made a clear impact.

Innovation in Social Media or Technology Award

This category recognises all types of innovation across the spectrum of HR&D. Organisations who have designed or delivered technology or a new approach to a standard problem and achieved major business improvements are encouraged to apply. Judges will be looking for something that is original and effective which may be IT orientated or an innovative approach to a business opportunity. Previous entries have included development of e-learning, computerised safety / HR & payroll systems and competency models.

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Award

This award is for organisations who can demonstrate how they value and have developed equality and/or a diverse workforce. Entrants will need to demonstrate how initiatives have engaged employees and delivered positive results. Areas may include equality, flexible working, training and development, recruitment and retention.

HR&D Team of the Year Award

This award recognises the impact a team has had on the organisation. This may involve new initiatives as well as recognising the professional approach the team have taken to move the organisation forward. The team will be able to demonstrate how it has created either a new culture or ensured a business has survived in difficulty situations.

Engagement & Well-being Award

This award recognises the efforts the organisation has made to look after their people in order to achieve the goals and objectives. Both well-being and engagement can be applied as separate entries. Entrants will need to demonstrate how their approach has offered a major impact on either the people at work or the organisation.

Change Management Project of the Year Award

This award considers how a change initiative or project has altered an organisation. You will need to demonstrate why the project was required and how it was planned. This needs to consider the process and people side of the change. Finally the impact of the project and how it was measured and maintained need to be described.

Talent Attraction & Management Award

Most organisations recognise that key talent need to be identified and nurtured to enable the future grow and maintenance of the culture and results. You need to demonstrate how you ensure your talent pool is managed to give a major impact on the organisation. You need to show how you attract and retain Talent to ensure results are delivered.

SME Excellence in HR&D Award

This category opens up the Awards to organisations of less than 250 employees. They may not have a full time HR presence, but they can show how they have utilised and created best practice in dealing with their workforce to achieve results. You may use examples of how HR has made a contribution to organisation development, change or a one off project. The entry must clearly demonstrate why they did what they did and outline the benefits and how they were measured. This is a great opportunity to showcase activities you have taken great pride in the delivery. It is open to consultants who have assisted with such delivery or have developed their business against clear objectives.

Closing date for entries - Wednesday 13th March 2013, 5pm

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