Which are the best HR awards to enter?

chris robinson

Chris Robinson

MD, Boost Awards

Entering HR awards

It has certainly been an exceptionally challenging 12 months for any involved in people management. Enabling home working, keeping employees safe, supporting wellbeing, moving training online etc. etc. Have you successfully delivered a major HR strategy or project over the past year? Whether in response to the pandemic or not.

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, having helped our clients win over 300 HR awards. 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 The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For (deadline late January) followed by The Inspiring Workplace Awards (deadline March). April’s Great Place to Work scheme (deadline November) is another prestigious evening in this category’s calendar, along with the same organisation’s Best Workplaces for Women event in September (deadline June). November’s Stevie Awards for Great Employers (deadline July) is open internationally, with a trip across the pond for awards night if you are successfully nominated (though not mandatory and of course, virtual ceremonies are now the norm). The Business Intelligence Group organise The Best Places to Work scheme (deadline December) with the winners announced in March.

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“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 have a successful HR strategy…”

The HR Excellence Awards are usually held in October (deadline June) and are the best awards for a major strategy. The pandemic meant that like many other awards, the physical event was put on hold and moved to a virtual ceremony held in January. There are many categories available depending on the type of strategy you have – for example, recruitment, talent management or CSR. Likewise, April’s Company Culture Awards (deadline March) and May’s UK Employee Experience Awards (deadline March) are appropriate for strategies relating to engagement, such as employee recognition or wellbeing. One scheme that was forced to postpone their awards in 2020 was The HR Distinction Awards. Previously it had a December/January deadline and a prestigious event in May at Grosvenor House Hotel, London, but at the time of writing have yet to announce their dates for 2021 when they say they will be returning.  

“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 usually held in September (deadline in April) but in 2020 went virtual with their event, 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 have a successful wellbeing strategy…”

With wellbeing such a key priority of late, maybe you would like your strategy or initiatives recognised. Most of the HR and employee benefits awards we have listed include a wellbeing category, but there are also a few with more focus than this. Firstly, there is March’s REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards (deadline November). Currently the only award scheme purely focused on wellbeing. Then there is The Employee Benefits Awards (deadline May) which has four wellbeing categories and The Workplace Savings & Benefits (WSB) Awards (previously a May deadline) that has five wellbeing categories, and some for the best providers as well as the best projects. While more of a benchmarking process than an awards scheme, it is also worth considering The Workplace Wellbeing Index, organised by the Mind mental health organisation, and open for its next cycle in spring/summer 2021. 

“You’ve implemented an outstanding learning and development project/strategy…”

Five important schemes stand out here. Firstly, The Brandon Hall Excellence in Human Capital Management Program (April deadline), The TJ Awards (June deadline) and The Learning Awards (September deadline) are all extremely credible if you have a creative and impactful project, while The Princess Royal Training Awards (March deadline) and the Investors in People Awards (August deadline) are great for employers who are committed to L&D in general, and can quantify the impact on business performance.

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

Most HR and marketing awards feature categories for internal comms, but there are a few award schemes which focus entirely on this discipline: August’s Gartner Communications Awards (deadline April) and September’s The Institute of Internal Communication Awards (deadline May) are both good options, or you may wish to consider The Internal Communications and Engagement Awards. Arguably covering both marketing and HR aspects, these are European-wide awards and open until March, with winners announced at an event in September. 

“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 October features The Stevie Awards for Great Employers (deadline July), with plenty of categories for individuals.

“You have launched an excellent employee benefits scheme…”

November plays host to The Employee Benefits Awards (deadline May) followed in December by The Rewards (deadline September), although if you want something earlier in the year consider applying for The Reward 300, also run by Reward Strategy (March deadline), but which follows more of an index format. The WSB Awards are another option in this scenario – but be aware that while the deadline for these is May, you must register your interest earlier in April.

 

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“The Investors in People Awards are great for employers who are committed to L&D in general, and can quantify the impact on business performance.

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

November sees The Learning Technologies Awards (registration in June), followed by December’s The Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Program (deadline September) which features a vast array of categories but focuses strongly on technology projects and products.

Hopefully you’ve identified with one or more of these nine 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 Awards 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.

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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 browse 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. Learning 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.

(C) This article and its contents is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards.

Which are the best HR awards to enter?

chris robinson

Chris Robinson

MD, Boost Awards

Entering HR awards

It has certainly been an exceptionally challenging 12 months for any involved in people management. Enabling home working, keeping employees safe, supporting wellbeing, moving training online etc. etc. Have you successfully delivered a major HR strategy or project over the past year? Whether in response to the pandemic or not.

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, having helped our clients win over 300 HR awards. 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 The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For (deadline late January) followed by The Inspiring Workplace Awards (deadline March). April’s Great Place to Work scheme (deadline November) is another prestigious evening in this category’s calendar, along with the same organisation’s Best Workplaces for Women event in September (deadline June). November’s Stevie Awards for Great Employers (deadline July) is open internationally, with a trip across the pond for awards night if you are successfully nominated (though not mandatory and of course, virtual ceremonies are now the norm). The Business Intelligence Group organise The Best Places to Work scheme (deadline December) with the winners announced in March.

hr awards

“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 have a successful HR strategy…”

The HR Excellence Awards are usually held in October (deadline June) and are the best awards for a major strategy. The pandemic meant that like many other awards, the physical event was put on hold and moved to a virtual ceremony held in January. There are many categories available depending on the type of strategy you have – for example, recruitment, talent management or CSR. Likewise, April’s Company Culture Awards (deadline March) and May’s UK Employee Experience Awards (deadline March) are appropriate for strategies relating to engagement, such as employee recognition or wellbeing. One scheme that was forced to postpone their awards in 2020 was The HR Distinction Awards. Previously it had a December/January deadline and a prestigious event in May at Grosvenor House Hotel, London, but at the time of writing have yet to announce their dates for 2021 when they say they will be returning.

“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 usually held in September (deadline in April) but in 2020 went virtual with their event, 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 have a successful wellbeing strategy…”

With wellbeing such a key priority of late, maybe you would like your strategy or initiatives recognised. Most of the HR and employee benefits awards we have listed include a wellbeing category, but there are also a few with more focus than this. Firstly, there is March’s REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards (deadline November). Currently the only award scheme purely focused on wellbeing. Then there is The Employee Benefits Awards (deadline May) which has four wellbeing categories and The Workplace Savings & Benefits (WSB) Awards (previously a May deadline) that has five wellbeing categories, and some for the best providers as well as the best projects. While more of a benchmarking process than an awards scheme, it is also worth considering The Workplace Wellbeing Index, organised by the Mind mental health organisation, and open for its next cycle in spring/summer 2021. 

“You’ve implemented an outstanding learning and development project/strategy…”

Five important schemes stand out here. Firstly, The Brandon Hall Excellence in Human Capital Management Program (April deadline), The TJ Awards (June deadline) and The Learning Awards (September deadline) are all extremely credible if you have a creative and impactful project, while The Princess Royal Training Awards (March deadline) and the Investors in People Awards (August deadline) are great for employers who are committed to L&D in general, and can quantify the impact on business performance.

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

Most HR and marketing awards feature categories for internal comms, but there are a few award schemes which focus entirely on this discipline: August’s Gartner Communications Awards (deadline April) and September’s The Institute of Internal Communication Awards (deadline May) are both good options, or you may wish to consider The Internal Communications and Engagement Awards. Arguably covering both marketing and HR aspects, these are European-wide awards and open until March, with winners announced at an event in September. 

“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 October features The Stevie Awards for Great Employers (deadline July), with plenty of categories for individuals.

“You have launched an excellent employee benefits scheme…”

November plays host to The Employee Benefits Awards (deadline May) followed in December by The Rewards (deadline September), although if you want something earlier in the year consider applying for The Reward 300, also run by Reward Strategy (March deadline), but which follows more of an index format. The WSB Awards are another option in this scenario – but be aware that while the deadline for these is May, you must register your interest earlier in April.

 

hr awards investors in people awards

“The Investors in People Awards are great for employers who are committed to L&D in general, and can quantify the impact on business performance.

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

November sees The Learning Technologies Awards (registration in June), followed by December’s The Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Program (deadline September) which features a vast array of categories but focuses strongly on technology projects and products.

Hopefully you’ve identified with one or more of these nine 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 Awards 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.

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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 browse 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. Learning 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.

(C) This article and its contents is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards.

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