CIPD Awards 2014: Award Categories & Criteria

Read more on the Award Categories & Criteria for the CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards

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Excellence in Developing People

This award looks for examples of where HR&D has added value through people development activity.

What type of submissions are suitable for this award?

This category is about how you have made an organisational impact through the development of people. This could be employees at any level of the business. It may include training, qualifications, programmes of learning or other development opportunities and could relate to skills, knowledge or behaviours.

What are the judges looking for?

  • Clear rationale for the development intervention

  •  Use of current HR&D thinking to inform approach

  • Evidence of positive impact, at individual and organisational level

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have been able to show a well-considered design of development intervention, clear delivery of initiatives and have provided evidence of impact to support the impact these have had.

Innovation in Social Media and Technology

This award looks for examples of HR&D using technology or social media to enhance practice or the service delivered.

What type of submission is suitable for this category?

This category is about how an impact has been achieved through technology or social media. This may include a new initiative of the enhancement of an existing service or process through the use of technology. The initiative does not have to be large scale, it is any area HR&D has used technology or social media to achieve improvements or efficiencies. This may include IT systems or a more innovative approach to how the business operates.

  • What are the judges looking for?

  • Clear rationale for the activity

  • That technology or social media has been used effectively and inclusively and complements existing systems and approaches

  • Evidence of positive impacts on business performance and people (e.g. accessibility)

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have been able to show a well-considered rationale for the activity and engagement with employees throughout. The impact and efficiencies have been clearly evidenced to show where and how value has been achieved.

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.

What type of submission is suitable for this category?

This category is about HR&D showing awareness and insight into the value and opportunities for building and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Submissions may demonstrate real improvements to equality and diversity/inclusion where this has been an identified gap or may demonstrate the building on existing good practice and initiatives that are exemplary in the field. Submissions may relate to all or a specific area of HR&D practice e.g. learning and development programmes, recruitment and retention or policy and reward.

What are judges looking for?

  • Clear rationale for the activity

  •  How people have been engaged in initiatives

  • Evidence of people impact and how this has benefited business performance

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have shared examples of how they have been at the forefront of thinking in the area of diversity and inclusion, using this to inform a range of services managed or provided by HR&D. Other winners have been able to evidence how they used insight into areas of underperformance to make significant improvements for employees and the business.

HR&D team of the Year

This award recognises the impact the HR&D team has had on the organisation.

What type of submission is suitable for this category?

Submissions could be made on the basis of new initiative that the HR&D team has identified, managed and delivered. The submission may also be based on an example/s of where the approach HR&D has taken has enabled organisational activity and delivery of strategy.

  • What are judges looking for?

  • Clear rationale for any activity undertaken

  • A good appreciation of the organisation and how the HR&D team complements the business structure and works in partnership

  • The behaviours and approach to engagement that have made the HR&D team highly effective, particularly considering the CIPD Profession Map

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have been able to demonstrate how HR&D has added value to the business and worked collaboratively to deliver initiatives or business strategy.

Engagement and Wellbeing

This award recognises the activities and initiatives driven by HR&D to increase the engagement and wellbeing of employees.

What type of submission is suitable for this category?

Examples that cover either or both engagement or wellbeing can be submitted. The types of activities may be innovative approaches to engagement and how employees are enabled to play a key role in shaping business activity and direction and initiatives that HR&D have implemented and initiated to increase wellbeing of employees.

What are judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale for the value of activity

  • Collaboration with people in engagement or wellbeing

  • Clear evidence  of impact and value and a people and business level

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have been able to demonstrate how business knowledge and insight have been utilised to inform activities. Clearly positioning the importance of engagement and wellbeing at a strategic and gaining business buy-in has also been demonstrated along with impact on business performance and people outcomes.

Change Management Project of the Year

This award considers how a change initiative or project has altered an organisation, driven or enabled by HR&D.

What type of submission is suitable for this category?

This category looks for examples within which HR&D have worked collaboratively to deliver a key programme of business change. Submissions may also be submitted on HR&D driven change.

What are judges looking for?

  • Clear rationale for the change programme

  • The value and pivotal role played by HR&D in delivering change

  • Effective planning and management for both process and people

  • Positive outcomes and demonstrable business benefits achieved

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have demonstrated how HR&D played a valuable strategic partner in a change programme, including challenging and supporting to deliver fit for purpose solutions. Sustainable results are achieved with robust future plans.

Talent Attraction & Management Award

This award looks for examples of approaches and initiatives to build talent pipelines and retain and develop existing talent.

What type of submission is suitable for this category?

Examples may include of initiatives that have addressed an organisational talent gap, attracted new talent to meet business needs or programmes that have identified and future talent.

What are judges looking for?

  • Clear rationale for talent activity

  • Effective resourcing that meets business needs

  • Evidence of positive impact on business results and performance

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have been able to evidence how an identified people resource gap has been improved by implementing targeted talent activity. Winners have also used examples of formal talent development programmes, which support business requirements and individual aspirations.

SME Excellence in HR&D Award

This award is for organisations with less than 250 employees that can evidence the use of good HR&D practice to achieve business results.

What type of submission is suitable for this category?

Organisations are not required to have a full time HR&D presence to enter however do need to use an example of how HR&D insight has been utilised to create best practice in relation to people and/or process. . This can include the use of consultancy HR&D services. You may use examples of how HR&D has made a contribution to organisation development, change or a one off project.

What are the judges looking for?

  • Clear rationale for activity

  • How and where HR&D thinking and activity contributed to impact

  • Evidence of delivery against objectives and tangible outcomes contributing to business success

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have been able to evidence that HR&D input has had a significant impact on organisational performance, including use of apprenticeship programmes and development of internal skills and knowledge to meet emerging needs.

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