CIPD Awards 2015: Award Categories & Criteria

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

Here’s a list of the award categories at this year’s event – there are some great new categories for 2015!

People Development Award

Recognising successful people development solutions, tools or initiatives that have maximised an individual’s performance

You will be able to demonstrate how you have delivered people development solutions that have grown individuals personally and professionally. This could be employees at any level of the business and may include training, performance development planning and reviews, succession planning, CPD tools or other learning solutions such as coaching and mentoring.

What are the judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale for the development method
  • Demonstrate how current HR&D thinking informed your learning and development solutions
  • Clear evidence of the positive impact and value at a people and business level

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have provided a well-considered design of a development intervention, clear delivery of initiatives and have evidenced the impact it had on people and business performance.

Learning & Development Programme Award sponsored by NCFE

Recognising high quality L&D programmes that has a positive impact on the business

You will be able to demonstrate how you have designed and delivered an outstanding L&D programme that had a direct and meaningful impact on business performance. This could be a leadership or management development programme, an apprenticeship programme, a talent management programme or an induction programme designed to set new employees up for success. This may be an L&D solution that has been particularly innovative within your sector, or a programme that has been recognised as outstanding in terms of design and impact on your organisation.

What are the judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale for the L&D programme based on business needs
  • Demonstrate how you used business drivers to inform the design and development of the programme
  • Clear evidence of the impact and value at a people and business level

What have previous winners done?

This is a new award for 2015.

HR&D Technology Award

Recognising organisations that have used technology to enhance HR&D practices

You will be able to show the judging panel how your HR&D team has developed and used technology and the impact it had on the team and wider organisation. This could be anything from introducing a new HR system or self-service solutions, to more innovative technologies such as social media, gamification, mobile apps and virtual learning environments.

What are the judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale for the use of technology
  • Evidence of how it complements your existing culture, systems and approaches
  • Clear evidence of the impact and value at a people and business level

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have provided a considered rationale for introducing or developing the technology and have demonstrated how they have engaged with employees throughout. They have also clearly evidence the impact on people and the business.

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Award sponsored by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Recognising organisations that value equality and/or have developed a diverse workforce

You will be able to demonstrate how you have developed a diverse and inclusive workforce and the impact it had on your business. This could be

by addressing an identified gap or by building on already existing good practices and initiatives. You can focus on an initiative that addressed a

wider organisation issue or how you have addressed an issue in a specific area of HR&D (e.g. recruitment, learning and development, retention or

reward).

What are the judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale for the activity
  • Evidence of how you have engaged people in initiatives
  • Clear evidence of the impact and value at a people and business level

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 Award sponsored by Clarke Mairs LLP

Recognising outstanding HR&D teams who have made a positive impact on their organisation

This is your opportunity to show the judging panel and the HR profession how your HR&D team has made a valuable contribution to your organisation. You will be able to show how your HR&D team has identified, managed and delivered an HR&D initiative that supports the wider business strategy.

What are the judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale for the activity undertaken by your HR&D team
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of how your HR&D team complements the wider business
  • Demonstrate the behaviours and approach to engagement that has made your HR&D team highly effective, particularly in relation to the My CPD Map.

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have demonstrated how their HR&D team contributed to business success and worked collaboratively to deliver initiatives or business strategy.

Employee Engagement Award sponsored by Sullivan Brown Resourcing Partners

Recognising organisations that are successful in engaging employees

You will be able to demonstrate how considered activity, developed based on quality HR&D practice, has improved employee engagement. Your activities should clearly link to business priorities, demonstrating and increase in employee engagement and the benefits to the business.

What are the judges looking for?

  • Clear rationale for the activity you undertook
  • Demonstrate a considered and inclusive approach to engagement
  • Clear evidence of the impact and value at a people and business level

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have demonstrated how business knowledge and insight has been utilised to inform engagement activities. Winners have also clearly positioned the importance of engagement at a strategic level to gain business buy-in, and have demonstrated the impact any initiatives have had on business performance.

Health & Wellness Award

Recognising HR&D initiatives that improve health and wellness in their organisation

You will be able to show how a health and wellness initiative has been successful and how it has created a clear, measurable return on investment. You will demonstrate an understanding of the holistic nature of your employees’ physical and mental health and wellness, for example, ensuring that leadership and management capability, skills development and job design compliment your initiatives.

What are the judges looking for?

  • Clear rationale for the health and wellness activity or initiative
  • Demonstrate a clear link between health and wellness initiatives and business objectives
  • Clear evidence of the impact and value at a people and business level

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have demonstrated how business knowledge and insight have been utilised to inform health and wellness activities. Winners have also clearly positioned the importance of health and wellness at a strategic level and have demonstrated the impact on business performance and people outcomes.

Change Management Project of the Year Award sponsored by Cintra HR & Payroll Services

Recognising HR&D teams who drive or enable change initiatives in their organisation

You will be able to demonstrate how your HR&D team has worked collaboratively to deliver a key programme of business change, how you engaged your stakeholders, and the impact it had on business performance.

What are the judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale for the change programme
  • Demonstrate the value and pivotal role played by HR&D in delivering change
  • Effective planning and management of both process and people
  • Clear evidence of the impact and value at a people and business level

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have demonstrated how HR&D was a valuable strategic partner in a change programme, including challenging and supporting to deliver fit-for-purpose solutions. Winners also demonstrated how they achieved sustainable results with robust plans for the future.

Reward & Benefits Award

Recognising organisations that have used rewards and benefits to enhance business performance

You will be able to provide tangible evidence showing how your rewards and benefits approach has had a direct impact on business performance and engagement. This could include the use of innovative approaches to rewards and benefits.

What are the judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale for the rewards and benefits approach
  • Evidence how employees have engaged with rewards and benefits
  • Clear evidence of the impact and value at a people and business level

What have previous winners done?

This is a new award for 2015.

SME HR&D Award

Recognising how HR&D practice has delivered business results in organisations with less than 250 employees

You will be able to demonstrate how HR&D insight has been utilised to benefit your business or your employees. This can include how HR&D has contributed to organisation development, change or a one-off project. Your organisation does not have to have a full-time HR&D presence to enter, and it can include the use of consultancy HR&D services.

Click here to find out a bit more about the categories, an insight into what the judges are looking for in the applications, and information on what previous winners have done.

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