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Programme categories

1. Excellence in Change Management

This award recognises excellence in an organisation’s ability to plan, execute and manage the transformation process of a business project. Entries should show how HR contributed to all the core redesigned processes that were aligned to the business objective, and strengthened the organisation’s growth. Judges will look for how the transformation projects empowered employees to be receptive to the new vision, and minimised the potential negative impacts.

2. Excellence in Compensation & Benefits

This award recognises an organisation that has applied a practical and innovative compensation and benefits scheme to attract, retain and engage employees. Entries should show how the overall HR strategic plan satisfied its employees while staying in control of the budget. Judges will look for how the C&B strategy aligned with the employee value proposition and met the overall business goals.

3. Excellence in CSR Strategy

This award recognises an organisation that has a comprehensive CSR approach and implementations into its HR planning. Entries should show the significant influence of the employee involvement in the CSR initiatives. Judges will look for the beneficial outcomes of the CSR programme to HR metrics and the business.

4. Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion

This award recognises an organisation that fosters a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. Entrants should show how their best diversity and inclusion strategies were embedded within the organisational culture, HR policies, and procedures. Judges will look for action-orientated approaches that ensured a level of transparency and removed any unfair bias, along with any measurable evidence of the initiatives’ effect on the growth and sustainability of the organisation.

5. Excellence in Employee Development

This award recognises an organisation that has a clear and personalised development plan for individual employees – from training to career development. Entrants should show how HR programmes and policies promoted a clear vision of personal development and encouraged employees and managers to proactively participate in on-the-job trainings and career development that aligned with the business goals. Judges will look for data of how HR strategies and programmes enhanced the personal growth of employees.

6. Excellence in Employee Engagement

This award recognises an organisation that has an effective employee engagement strategy which is aligned with its wider business objectives and benefited the organisation’s growth, engagement, retention, and more. Entries should show specific engagement initiatives that supported employees’ commitment and satisfaction at work. Judges will look for high-level engagement initiatives that increased the productivity of the organisation’s overall performance.

7. Excellence in Employee Wellbeing

This award recognises an organisation that has developed innovative strategies to improve employees’ physical and mental wellbeing, and boosted their productivity at work. Entrants should show how their best employee wellbeing initiatives were put into their HR policies and practices. Judges will look for the positive results and impact from these initiatives on employees’ physical and mental health, business performance and productivity.

8. Excellence in Employee Work-Life Balance

This award recognises an organisation that implements innovative programmes for employees to achieve a work-life balance. Entrants should show how HR strategies fostered employee satisfaction, business performance and productivity. Judges will look for HR action-oriented approaches such as flexible work hours, leave benefits, or child day care – and their impact on the overall operational effectiveness, the employee experience and business performance.

9. Excellence in Employer Branding

This award recognises an organisation with a high-value proposition and highly identifiable branding that has created value to the organisation. Entrants should show how a strong branding campaign helped in employee recruitment, retention and engagement, Judges will look for how the campaign promoted the employer brand, growth of the brand and the sustainability of the organisation.

10. Excellence in Global and Local HR Strategies

This award recognises an organisation that has developed excellent strategies to facilitate talent mobility to be consistent with its corporate frameworks. Entrants should show best HR strategies in localising talent recruitment and development while expanding its business to a global level. Judges will look for how agile and flexible these HR strategies were globally, and locally, in their implementation.

11. Excellence in Graduate Recruitment/Development

This award recognises an organisation that has an outstanding graduate recruitment/development plan. Entrants should show HR strategies that attracted and developed new talent to the profession and supported the core business strategies. Judges will look for the programmes’ effect on supporting workforce planning, individual performance, and business performance.

12. Excellence in HR Digitalisation

This award recognises an organisation that has wholeheartedly embraced the digital revolution with campaigns to speed up HR innovations and improve synergies across teams. Entrants should show HR investment in digitalisation and its impact on enriching the employee experience, and supporting the wider strategy of the organisation. Judges will look for HR digital initiatives that have helped evolve a digital culture and contributed to the bottom line of the organisation.

13. Excellence in HR Strategic Planning

This award recognises an organisation that has driven and implemented excellent strategic planning. Entrants should showcase a successful HR project within the past 12-18 months that relates to strategic planning. Judges will look for HR innovative approaches to successful strategic planning by operation timelines, a clear communication of the vision and execution, and a strong project management that met its business objectives.

14. Excellence in Innovative Business Solutions (NEW)

This award recognises an organisation that has successfully developed innovative and ethical solutions to resolve an organisational challenge. Entrants should show how these solutions created synergies, reinforced efficiency, and/or supported social values by adopting HR concepts. Judges will look for what novel initiatives HR created and their positive results on the organisation’s growth.

15. Excellence in Innovative Use of HR Tech

This award recognises an organisation that implements HR technology or digital solutions to speed up the business performance and productivity. Entrants should show their best implementation of advanced HR technology and an ability to harness data to exceed their business objectives. Judges will look for the complexity and size of the project or business issue, results on growth opportunities, and ROI from these initiatives.

 

16. Excellence in Internship Recruitment/Development (NEW)

This award recognises an organisation that has overseen a successful internship programme. Entrants should show how their top recruitment and training programmes brought a unique and enriching experience to interns and met the wider business objectives and growth projections. Judges will look for the programme planning and structure, assistance and activities to engage interns, the number and diversity of interns, and retention rates (if applicable).

17. Excellence in Leadership Development

This award recognises an organisation that has implemented a sustainable leadership development programme to strengthen the knowledge and skills of current and potential future managers. Entrants should show an exemplary leadership development plan and training processes that supported an employee’s transition to a management position. Judges will look for how these initiatives promoted continuous learning, contributed to individual excellence in performance, and improved business performance.

18. Excellence in Learning & Development

This award recognises an organisation that has implemented an innovative L&D programme to exceed its business aim and contribute to its bottom line. Entrants should show a state-of-the-art programme that strengthened performance and promoted continuous L&D in the organisation. Judges will look for the design, creation and implementation of a specific L&D strategy that hit its organisation’s targets and contributed to its bottom line.

19. Excellence in Organisation Development

This award recognises an organisation that has implemented a sustainable business plan to support its long-term growth. Entrants should show that HR strategic planning foresaw the latest trends in the business environment and identified the organisation’s potential and challenges. Judges will look for how the strategic and systematic plans achieved sustainable organisation development and expansion.

20. Excellence in Talent Acquisition

This award recognises an organisation that implemented a creative and effective talent acquisition plan to sustain its business growth and employer branding. Entrants should show excellence in job design, talent sorting, recruitment and development that filled skill gaps. Judges will look for specific initiatives with a core employer value proposition, results of diverse talent attraction, and use of media platforms.

21. Excellence in Talent Management

This award recognises an organisation that has implemented an outstanding talent development plan. Entrants should show how HR policies and strategies were effective on talent identification, management and retention. Judges will look for succession planning initiatives that forecasts a talent pipeline and its contribution to achieving leadership succession and business goals.

22. Excellence in Workplace Culture

This award recognises an organisation that has developed an identified workplace culture and values which enhanced its business performance. Entrants should show how HR nurtured and communicated the cultural values to employees across functions. Judges will look for how these initiatives created proactive employee engagement and met business objectives.

Individual categories

23. HR Director of the Year (NEW)

This award recognises an individual who has showcased extraordinary leadership and business best-practices at the director level to boost business strategies and performance effectively. Entrants should show how the HR leader consistently mentored talent, developed a HR team and drove business strategies. Judges will look for the executive culture the HR professionals created and commercial contribution to the business through the team they led.

24. HR Rising Star of the Year

This award recognises an individual with less than five years of HRM experience, but has demonstrated excellence by creating new programmes or effectively adapted principles in the HR function. Entrants should show specific achievements and projects that the talent has achieved. Judges will look for dedication, career progression and brilliant executions.

Team categories

25. HR Rising Team of the Year

This award recognises a new/growing HR team that managed less than 100 employees while exceeding overall business strategies. Entrants should show the best HR initiatives that generated progress and efficiency. Judges will look for achievements, and progress in areas, including team size, team performance/achievements and employee engagement and satisfaction.

26. HR Team of the Year

This award recognises the HR team which has excelled within its function or across functions. Entrants should show tangible results of initiatives in team morale, employee engagement, teamwork and cohesiveness. Judges will look for the HR team’s strategic approach to all aspects of HR management and its impact on the wider business, and the employees’ experience and satisfaction.

Organisation category

27. Employer of the Year

This award recognises an organisation that has a high-value proposition and with proven success as the best employer in the industry. Entrants should show excellent strategic planning, recruitment, rewards, and all other HR disciplines. Judges will look at the employees’ experience and comments at work, business productivity and performance, and achievements to sustain the organisational objectives.

HR Service Provider categories

28. Excellence in HR Outsourcing Service (NEW)

This award recognises a HR service provider that has provided essential resources of allocating professional HR assistance without the client’s investment on developing its own in-house HR team. Entrants should show a strong capability to supply a comprehensive and customisable service of HR professionals. Judges will look for how these initiatives fitted the business needs of its clients seamlessly.

29. Excellence in HR System Solution (NEW)

This award recognises a HR service provider that has provided excellent and innovative all-encompassing end-to-end HR management systems and/or technology modules. Entrants should show how their centralised control systems/products best met the business needs of their clients. Judges will look for how these systems supported the clients’ needs and enhanced the user experience.

30. Excellence in Payroll Outsourcing System (NEW)

This award recognises a HR service provider that provides state-of-the-art payroll outsourcing systems to free HR professionals from time-consuming administrative HR tasks. Entrants should show how their innovative systems enabled clients to focus on strategic HR management issues, increased business performance and productivity. Judges will look for the improvement of a client’s payroll administration, user experience of the systems and its ability to meet business needs.

Contemporary categories

31. Excellence in Employee Caring (NEW)

This award recognises an organisation that has created and implemented an innovative employee wellbeing strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Entrants should show how HR initiatives supported the employees’ mental and physical wellbeing, family concerns and stress resilience in the workplace. Judges will look for a measurable return on HR-related investments made in this area and the impact on the employee experience, operational effectiveness, and business performance.

32. Excellence in Crisis Management (NEW)

This award recognises an organisation that has created and implemented a strategic crisis management plan to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Entrants should show how HR initiatives such as flexible work hours, work-from-home arrangements and leave management helped overcome the social challenges and sustained the employees, and business development. Judges will look for effective HR contingency plans, employee retention and satisfaction, business performance and productivity.