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COVID-19 Response Categories

These special categories were created to honor the contributions of HR individuals, teams, and entire organizations that have worked valiantly over the year to keep employees safe, healthy, employed, paid, and informed. 

The information requirements for entries in these categories in the 2021 competition include:

1  Written answers to the following questions, OR a video of up to five (5) minutes in length that answers all of the same questions:

a. Outline the organization's or individual's work during the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that employees are safe, employed, and/or informed, that you wish to bring to the judges' attention (up to 250 words).  Required

b. Reference any attachments of supporting materials throughout this nomination and how they provide evidence of the claims you have made in this nomination (up to 250 words).  Optional

2  Optional (but highly recommended), add to your entry up to 10 webpage links and up to 10 document uploads to support your case to the judges.  These might be press articles, press releases, videos, work samples, internal or external reviews, or employee feedback, for example. 

K01    Most Valuable Employer During COVID-19
This category will recognize the achievements of employers during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their employees working, paid, safe, and informed.

K02    Most Valuable HR Team During COVID-19
This category will recognize the achievements of human resources teams during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their organization's employees working, paid, safe, and informed.

K03    Most Valuable HR Professional During COVID-19
This category will recognize the achievements of individual human resources professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their organization's employees working, paid, safe, and informed.

K04    Most Innovative Work-From-Home Plan During COVID-19
This category will recognize innovative work-at-home plans developed and deployed by employers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

K05    Most Innovative Workplace Redesign During COVID-19
This category will recognize innovative redesigns of workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep employees, customers, and others safe and productive.

K06    Most Innovative Use of HR Technology During the Pandemic
This category will recognize innovative new uses of existing HR-related technology, programs, and media during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep employees productive, trained, informed, or safe.

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