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HR Achievement Categories

These categories recognize specific achievements - team or organizational - since the beginning of 2019. The number of achievement categories has grown significantly for 2020.

The information requirements for entries in these categories in the 2020 competition include:

1  Written answers to the following questions, describing the nominated achievements since January 1 2019, OR a video of up to five (5) minutes in length that answers all of the same questions:

a. Briefly describe the nominated team or organization: its history and past performance (up to 200 words).  Required
b. Outline the team's or organization's achievements since the beginning of 2019 that you wish to bring to the judges' attention (up to 250 words).  Required
c. Explain why the achievements you have highlighted are unique or significant.  If possible compare the achievements to the performance of other players in your industry and/or to the team's or organization's past performance (up to 250 words).  Required
d. 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. 

B01     Achievement in Accessibility
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to learning programs that incorporate global accessibility standards, which make the learning accessible to audiences with disabilities.

B02     Achievement in Benefits Design and Administration       
Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to benefits design and/or administration since the beginning of 2019.

B03     Achievement in Certification Programs
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to learning programs that were specifically designed as certification programs.

B04     Achievement in Coaching and Mentoring
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to workplace programs and approaches to mentoring, knowledge sharing, and structured social learning at an enterprise or group level, that create(d) positive organizational outcomes.

B05     Achievement in Compensation Design and Administration       
Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to compensation program design and/or administration since the beginning of 2019.

B06     Achievement in Competencies and Skill Development or Management
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to a workplace development program designed to support a competency and/or skill development need within an organization.

B07     Achievement in Compliance Training
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to learning programs that were specifically designed to address a compliance-driven learning objectives.

B08     Achievement in Customer Training
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to customer-training programs that have obtained desirable results connected to the program goals and improved business outcomes.

B09     Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion    
Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to workplace or workforce diversity and/or inclusion since the beginning of 2019.

B10     Achievement in Employee Engagement    
Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to employee engagement or motivation since the beginning of 2019.

B11     Achievement in Employee Relations          
Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to employee relations since the beginning of 2019.

B12     Achievement in Executive Development
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to best practices in developing executives. Executive development should impact the business, specifically lagging and leading indicators including significant KPIs in all talent lifecycle processes as well as key business KPIs.

B13     Achievement in Extended Enterprise Learning Programs
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to learning programs that were designed for an audience other than internal employees.

B14     Achievement in HR Technology     
Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to the design, development, deployment, and/or administration of HR-related systems or technologies since the beginning of 2019.

B15     Achievement in Human Resources Administration         
Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to the administration of an organization's total HR organization since the beginning of 2019.

B16     Achievement in Internal Communications
Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to internal communications programs or campaigns since the beginning of 2019.

B17     Achievement in Leadership Development
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to best practices in developing and delivering an effective leadership development program since the beginning of 2019.

B18     Achievement in Leadership Development for Women
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to best practices in developing and delivering an effective leadership development program for women since the beginning of 2019.

B19     Achievement in Learning Measurement
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to workplace learning measurement programs that assess the learning outcomes and organizational impact of a learning program or learning function.

B20     Achievement in Learning Technology Implementation
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to learning technology implementations that led to positive organization outcomes since the beginning of 2019.

B21     Achievement in Machine Learning and AI
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to a workplace-learning program that is innovative and drives positive organization outcomes.

B22     Achievement in New Employee Onboarding        
Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to the onboarding, assimilation, and training of new employees since the beginning of 2019.

B23     Achievement in Performance Management
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to workplace strategies and approaches to managing performance of an organization's workforce that supports improved employee performance and positive organizational outcomes.

B24     Achievement in Recruitment          
Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to an organization's new-employee or executive recruitment efforts since the beginning of 2019.

B25     Achievement in Succession and Career Management
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to workplace strategies and approaches to managing career succession of an organization's leadership, key talent, employee workforce that support an organizational vision and create positive organizational outcomes

B26     Achievement in Talent Management Technology Implementation
A new category for 2020. Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to workplace-talent management technology implementation(s) that led to positive organizational outcomes.

B27     Achievement in Workforce Development and Learning 
Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to workforce learning or training since the beginning of 2019.

B28     Achievement in Workplace Design
Recognizing the design of workplaces that promote engagement, productivity, and employee wellbeing.   There is no eligibility timeframe for this category - it doesn't matter when the workplace's current design or configuration was established.

a. for up to 10 employees
b. for up to 100 employees
c. for more than 100 employees - single location
d. for more than 100 employees - multiple locations                    

B29     Achievement in Workplace Health & Wellbeing  
Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to an organization's efforts to promote and protect workforce health and wellbeing since the beginning of 2019.

B30     Achievement in Workplace Safety & Compliance           
Recognizing notable single achievements, or a series of achievements, related to an organization's programs to promote workforce compliance and workplace safety since the beginning of 2019.

B31     Best CSR Strategy
Recognizing organizations that have embedded corporate social responsibility throughout the organization, in particular through its people. Entrants should demonstrate the role HR has played in the strategy and execution of CSR initiatives since the beginning of 2019.

B32     Best Employee Value Proposition (EVP)
A new category for 2020. This category will recognize best practices in developing a formalized approach to EVP since the beginning of 2019.

B33     Best Launch of a Corporate Learning University
A new category for 2020. This category will recognize effective launches and implementations of Corporate Learning Universities that have demonstrated positive learning outcomes and performance since the beginning of 2019.

B34     Best Leadership Development Program
Recognizing organizations for their leadership development programs and initiatives since the beginning of 2019.

B35     Best Learning & Development Strategy
Recognizing organizations' learning and development strategies, developed or deployed since the beginning of 2019, that invest effectively in the development of their people across an entire organisation. Entrants should include details about the business need, what the strategy entails, and how it was communicated to the workforce.

B36     Best Results of a Learning Program
A new category for 2020. Recognizing workplace-learning programs that have obtained desirable results connected to the program goals and improved business outcomes.

B37     Best Reward & Recognition Strategy
Recognizing organizations' for their work since to beginning of 2019 to closely align a benefits, reward and/or recognition strategy to business objectives in order to incentivize and enhance productivity. Examples of initiatives that could be entered in this category include: the introduction of a new approach to benefits, a new employee and team recognition strategy, impressive work around reducing a gender pay gap, or the introduction of a new pay structure that’s achieved strong results in terms of productivity, attraction and/or retention.

B38     Best Strategy for a Corporate Learning University
A new category for 2020. Recognizing organizations for their well-defined strategies that have demonstrated positive learning outcome and performance since the beginning of 2019.

B39     Best Talent Acquisition Process
A new category for 2020. Recognizing organizations for their best practices in the process of hiring.

B40     Best Talent Management Strategy
Recognizing talent management strategies developed or deployed since the beginning of 2019. Entrants should give details of how their organization defines and spots talent, where responsibility for managing talent sits, how they deliver appropriate development opportunities, and how they monitor and measure the success of implementation and outcomes.

B41     Best Team Development Program
A new category for 2020. Recognizing excellence in development for an entire executive team, management team or cross-functional team rather than the development of an individual.

B42     Best Use of Blended Learning
A new category for 2020. Recognizing outstanding learning programs since the beginning of 2019 that use(d) two or more delivery methods.

B43     Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning
A new category for 2020. Recognizing learning programs since the beginning of 2019 that effectively use(d) one or both of the following
- one or several gaming components in the course of an overall learning program
- one or several simulation models that illustrate a real-world example or experience

B44     Best Use of Mobile Learning
A new category for 2020. Recognizing learning programs since the beginning of 2019 that include(d) content on portable devices such as smart phones, tablets, music players, hand-held computers, GPS devices, and other mobile tools.

B45   Best Use of People Analytics
Recognizing organizations and teams for their use of people analytics since the beginning of 2019 to drive the development of business strategy.

B46     Best Use of Performance Support
A new category for 2020. Recognizing workplace-learning programs that since the beginning of 2019 provide(d) snippets of information and help at the point of need to aid performance.

B47     Best Use of Social Collaborative Learning
A new category for 2020. Recognizing workplace-learning programs since the beginning of 2019 in which learners use(d) social tools to create and share content. (In social learning the learners connect with each other and create and share content using tools such as blogs, wikis, communities, and other collaborative tools.)

B48     Best Use of Video for Learning
A new category for 2020. Recognizing workplace-learning programs since the beginning of 2019 that include(d) video content on learners' computers or mobile devices.

B49     Best Use of Virtual Worlds for Learning
A new category for 2020. Recognizing workplace-learning programs since the beginning of 2019 that include(d) the use of a virtual world, such as Second Life, for learning.

B50    Best Youth Employment Strategy
Recognizing organizations and teams that have gone above and beyond in creating a youth employment strategy that offers opportunities to young people from a range of backgrounds. Strategies could include apprenticeships, traineeships, graduate schemes, internships, and work experience programs.

B51    Leading Transformation Award
This category covers organizations that have completed a successful people-focused business transformation program. Areas that will be assessed include making the business case for change, its communication, implementation, and measurement. Entries can include those where external interim resources have been brought in to achieve a positive outcome and successful merger and acquisition programs.

B52    Most Innovative Deployment of HR Technology
Recognizing organisations and teams for their use of technology, since the beginning of 2019, to move HR forward. It could be via the application of HR software and analytic systems, online recruitment, or an e-learning program.

B53     Most Innovative Leadership Program
A new category for 2020. Recognizing organizations and teams for their innovative leadership-development programs that drive positive organizational outcomes.

B54     Most Innovative Learning and Development Program
A new category for 2020. Recognizing organizations and teams for their innovative workplace-learning and development programs that drive positive organizational outcomes.

B55     Most Innovative Talent Acquisition Program
A new category for 2020. Recognizing organizations and teams for their innovative talent acquisition programs that drive positive organizational outcomes.

B56     Most Innovative Talent Management Program
A new category for 2020. Recognizing organizations and teams for innovative aspects of their talent management programs since the beginning of 2019.

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