Which are the best HR awards to enter?

Which are the best HR awards to enter?

Chris Robinson

Founder and MD, Boost

HR awards to enter all year round

Have you successfully delivered a major HR strategy or project over the past year? If so, that project, your team, or the individuals involved may be eligible for an award. But with so many HR awards out there, do you need some help picking which award schemes to enter? Whether its talent management, recruitment, employee engagement or learning and development, there’s an HR award and category that will be a perfect match for you.

Here at Boost, HR awards are a specialism (we’ve worked on more than 500 entries and over 240 have won awards – a 43% win rate!). Below I have listed some of the key awards you could consider, according to the type of story you might have:

“You are a great employer…”

If your priority is saying “we are an employer of choice” then there are schemes all through the year to focus on: one of the earliest in the calendar is January’s Employee Engagement Awards (deadline October), followed by The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For in February (deadline October). April’s Great Place to Work scheme (deadline October) is another prestigious evening in this category’s calendar, along with the same organisation’s Best Workplaces for Women event in July (deadline April). September’s Stevie Awards for Great Employers (deadline June) is open internationally, with a trip across the pond for awards night if you are successfully nominated! October also sees great employers celebrated at the Engagement Excellence Awards (deadline June).

Chris Robinson

Founder and MD, Boost

HR awards to enter all year round

Have you successfully delivered a major HR strategy or project over the past year? If so, that project, your team, or the individuals involved may be eligible for an award. But with so many HR awards out there, do you need some help picking which award schemes to enter? Whether its talent management, recruitment, employee engagement or learning and development, there’s an HR award and category that will be a perfect match for you.

Here at Boost, HR awards are a specialism (we’ve worked on more than 500 entries and over 240 have won awards – a 43% win rate!). Below I have listed some of the key awards you could consider, according to the type of story you might have:

“You are a great employer…”

If your priority is saying “we are an employer of choice” then there are schemes all through the year to focus on: one of the earliest in the calendar is January’s Employee Engagement Awards (deadline October), followed by The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For in February (deadline October). April’s Great Place to Work scheme (deadline October) is another prestigious evening in this category’s calendar, along with the same organisation’s Best Workplaces for Women event in July (deadline April). September’s Stevie Awards for Great Employers (deadline June) is open internationally, with a trip across the pond for awards night if you are successfully nominated! October also sees great employers celebrated at the Engagement Excellence Awards (deadline June).

“You have a successful HR strategy…”

The HR Excellence Awards in June (deadline March) are the best awards for a major strategy. There are many categories available depending on the type of strategy you have – for example, recruitment, talent management or CSR. Likewise, May’s UK Employee Experience Awards (deadline February) and October’s Engagement Excellence Awards (deadline June) are appropriate for strategies relating to engagement, such as employee recognition or wellbeing. Keep an eye out for the December/January deadline for The HR Distinction Awards which have a prestigious event in May at Grosvenor House Hotel, London 

“You have a successful HR project or initiative…”

If your success has been for a specific initiative or project, then the other HR awards are probably more suitable for you. The prestigious CIPD People Management Awards are held in September (deadline in April), while November sees The Personnel Today Awards (deadline June). Perhaps if you are looking for some end-of-year recognition you might want to consider December’s HR Brilliance Awards (deadline October), another good option.

“You’ve completed an outstanding learning and development project…”

The first half of the year sees May’s Bersin by Deloitte Whatworks Awards (deadline October), with two further important schemes in the run-up to Christmas: November’s TJ Awards night (deadline April) is great if you have a creative and impactful project, while The Princess Royal Training Awards in December (deadline March) are great for employers who are committed to L&D in general, and is a well-evaluated project to enter.

“HR Awards are a fantastic way to not only celebrate the value of the work you and your team have delivered, but also to show any future talent that yours is a great place to work.

“You deployed an innovative/creative/challenging internal communications programme…”

Most HR and Marketing awards have categories for internal comms, but there are two award schemes which focus entirely on this discipline: June’s CEB Internal Communications Awards (deadline March) and September’s The Institute of Internal Communication Awards (deadline April).

“You have an individual/team whose work has made a real difference…”

If you have a great team, rising star or HR leader that demonstrates excellent creativity, innovation or collaboration and impact, then both September’s CIPD People Management Awards (deadline April) and November’s Personnel Today Awards (deadline June) are good options. If you want a less competitive award (and you don’t mind it being for a US international scheme) then September also sees The Stevie Awards for Great Employers (deadline June), with plenty of categories for individuals.

“You have a successful HR strategy…”

The HR Excellence Awards in June (deadline March) are the best awards for a major strategy. There are many categories available depending on the type of strategy you have – for example, recruitment, talent management or CSR. Likewise, May’s UK Employee Experience Awards (deadline February) and October’s Engagement Excellence Awards (deadline June) are appropriate for strategies relating to engagement, such as employee recognition or wellbeing. Keep an eye out for the December/January deadline for The HR Distinction Awards which have a prestigious event in May at Grosvenor House Hotel, London 

“You have a successful HR project or initiative…”

If your success has been for a specific initiative or project, then the other HR awards (some already mentioned) are probably more suitable for you. The prestigious CIPD People Management Awards are held in September (deadline in April), while November sees The Personnel Today Awards (deadline June). Perhaps if you are looking for some end-of- year recognition you might want to consider December’s HR Brilliance Awards (deadline October), another good option.

“You’ve completed an outstanding learning and development project…”

The first half of the year sees May’s Bersin by Deloitte Whatworks Awards (deadline October), with two further important schemes in the run-up to Christmas: November’s TJ Awards night (deadline April) is great if you have a creative and impactful project, while The Princess Royal Training Awards in December (deadline March) are great for employers who are committed to L&D in general, and is a well-evaluated project to enter.

“HR Awards are a fantastic way to not only celebrate the value of the work you and your team have delivered, but also to show any future talent that yours is a great place to work.

“You deployed an innovative/creative/challenging internal communications programme…”

Most HR and Marketing awards have categories for internal comms, but there are two award schemes which focus entirely on this discipline: June’s CEB Internal Communications Awards (deadline March) and September’s The Institute of Internal Communication Awards (deadline April).

“You have an individual/team whose work has made a real difference…”

If you have a great team, rising star or HR leader that demonstrates excellent creativity, innovation or collaboration and impact, then both September’s CIPD People Management Awards (deadline April) and November’s Personnel Today Awards (deadline June) are good options. If you want a less competitive award (and you don’t mind it being for a US international scheme) then September also sees The Stevie Awards for Great Employers (deadline June), with plenty of categories for individuals.

“You have launched an excellent employee benefits scheme…”

March plays host to The Pay and Benefits Awards (deadline November) with September seeing The Rewards Awards (deadline May) and The WSB Awards (deadline April). Both require early registration in April.

“You have launched an excellent employee benefits scheme…”

March plays host to The Pay and Benefits Awards (deadline November) with September seeing The Rewards Awards (deadline May) and The WSB Awards (deadline April). Both require early registration in April.

“You have been innovative with your use of technology…”

February’s The Brandon Hall Excellence in Human Capital Management Program (deadline April) has a vast array of categories but focuses strongly on technology projects and products, while November sees The Learning Technologies Awards (registration in June).

“You have been innovative with your use of technology…”

February’s The Brandon Hall Excellence in Human Capital Management Program (deadline April) has a vast array of categories but focuses strongly on technology projects and products, while November sees The Learning Technologies Awards (registration in June).

Hopefully you’ve identified with one or more of these eight statements. So, what now?

Now you need to decide which stories to enter into which categories, what the winning angle is and what evidence you need to convince the judges of your achievement. This is where Boost can help. Our team has experience in entering awards, judging awards, and in HR analytics, so it’s fair to say we know a thing or two about what makes a successful entry.

If you’d like help with any of these steps, or want to find out more about what we can do for your business, get in touch. Tel: +44(0)1273 258703
Use our Contact Boost page or Email: info@boost-awards.co.uk.

(C) These top tips are the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Marketing Ltd.

Any other recommended next steps?

 

Search through our free list of HR awards and Training awards

There are a lot of HR Awards and Training Awards out there, open to both national and international entry. While we have highlighted some of the most credible above you should definitely check out our free list of UK HR and Training Awards and the Global HR programmes that feature on our sister site, International Awards List

Start collecting evidence

It’s one thing to say that your project has been innovative or that your team has excelled beyond all expectations…but you have to prove that to the awards judges. This is no mean feat.

This is where our subsidiary Boost Evaluation can help. Our experienced team can provide a range of learning evaluation services that can not only increase your chances of awards success, but drive continuous improvement and help you to secure funding. Training impact evaluation and learning measurement is often the key to demonstrating that all important ROI that judges love to see. 

Sign up for free monthly HR Award Deadline Reminders

Fill in the form below and you will receive a free list of all the HR Awards, L&D Awards and Training awards deadlines coming up in the next two months. Yes, you heard us right, completely free.

To never miss a deadline again, just choose your industry in the dropdown as ‘Human Resources’ or ‘Training’ and at the start of the next month your email will arrive.

Hopefully you’ve identified with one or more of these eight statements. So, what now?

Now you need to decide which stories to enter into which categories, what the winning angle is and what evidence you need to convince the judges of your achievement. This is where Boost can help. Our team has experience in entering awards, judging awards, and in HR analytics, so it’s fair to say we know a thing or two about what makes a successful entry.

If you’d like help with any of these steps, or want to find out more about what we can do for your business, get in touch. Tel: +44(0)1273 258703
Use our Contact Boost page or Email: info@boost-awards.co.uk.

(C) These top tips are the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Marketing Ltd.

Any other recommended next steps?

 

Search through our free list of HR awards and Training awards

There are a lot of HR Awards and Training Awards out there, open to both national and international entry. While we have highlighted some of the most credible above you should definitely check out our free list of UK HR and Training Awards and the Global HR programmes that feature on our sister site, International Awards List

Start collecting evidence

It’s one thing to say that your project has been innovative or that your team has excelled beyond all expectations…but you have to prove that to the awards judges. This is no mean feat.

This is where our subsidiary Boost Evaluation can help. Our experienced team can provide a range of learning evaluation services that can not only increase your chances of awards success, but drive continuous improvement and help you to secure funding. Training impact evaluation and learning measurement is often the key to demonstrating that all important ROI that judges love to see. 

Sign up for free monthly HR Award Deadline Reminders

Fill in the form below and you will receive a free list of all the HR Awards, L&D Awards and Training awards deadlines coming up in the next two months. Yes, you heard us right, completely free.

To never miss a deadline again, just choose your industry in the dropdown as ‘Human Resources’ or ‘Training’ and at the start of the next month your email will arrive.

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