CIPD Ireland HR Awards

CIPD Ireland HR Awards 2017

17 February 2017

Recognising Excellence in HR

The CIPD is delighted to announce the winners of the prestigious CIPD Ireland HR Awards 2017.

Kathryn Thomas (credit: Barry McCall)

They were announced on Friday 17 February at the Awards Ceremony in the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin. Media personality Kathryn Thomas was master of ceremonies

More than 90 companies representing large multinationals, the public and private sectors, and not-for-profit organisations from all across Ireland were represented at the inspiring ceremony.

During the recent judging process, teams from over 40 organisations presented to a panel of judges. The finalists were from organisations that demonstrated innovation, energy and collaboration to make a positive and sustainable impact on employee lives and on their organisation’s performance.

Each finalist had to account for their approach and business impact. To ensure the robustness of our judges, we were under the independent guidance of Bill Roche, Full Professor of Industrial Relations & Human Resources at the UCD School of Business.

The feedback from judges was hugely positive across all categories and while it’s not possible to give individual feedback to all entrants, as promised we have compiled some of the key tips that may help to strengthen future submissions.

The winners are:

ESB International

This award recognises organisations that are moving the diversity and inclusion agenda forward, challenging inequalities, including under-representation of certain groupings, removing barriers and overcoming resistance, and showing how this has benefitted employees and the business.

Winner: ESB International: Inspiring and Empowering Female Talent

Photo shows: ESB International with Professor Bill Roche of UCD Smurfit School of Business

Musgrave Operating Partners Ireland

With this award, the CIPD recognises organisations that place employee well-being centre stage within the organisation and could show evidence of embedding a strong culture of workplace well-being. Entrants demonstrated how they are building a well-being culture, getting leaders and people managers on board to support employees' physical, emotional and mental well- being at work.

Winner: Musgrave Operating Partners Ireland: Be Well Work Well Programme

Photo shows: Musgrave Operating Partners Ireland with Biddy O’Neill of Healthy Ireland

Version 1

A culture of trust is imperative in any organisation, and effects how individuals and organisations perform. Trust has to exist between colleagues, with leadership and in the organisation. This award recognises organisations that are embedding a culture of trust and empowerment, listen to the employee voice, enhance employee engagement and reinforce the contribution of employees.

Winner: Version 1: Engagement is Going Local

Photo shows: Jarleth Dooley of Version 1 with Michelle Browne of NSAI

Bank of Ireland Group

This award recognises HR leadership that has demonstrated excellence and a strategic approach to HR/L&D across the organisation with a quantifiable contribution to organisational achievements. Entrants highlighted what were for them, innovative and unique approaches to addressing business issues and providing a sustainable solution that is contributing to the success of the organisation.

Winner: Bank of Ireland Group: Career and Reward Framework

Photo shows: Bank of Ireland Group team with Ger Gavin of DeCare Dental

WALK

Finalists demonstrated a strong link between organisation development activity and achieving business goals. This included examples of organisational culture that promoted learning and development, coaching, managing performance, innovative approaches to change and work design, as well as encouraging feedback. The judges wanted to see a clear description of the business objectives that prompted the development need, drove the approach, and determined how effectiveness was measured.

Winner: WALK: Creating a Values Based Culture

Photo shows: WALK team with Sue Upton of the CIPD

Kerry Group

Most companies have experienced skills shortages in the past 12 months. This award recognises creative and effective approaches to attracting and retaining talent and how people are being managed. Entrants were likely to be working towards an organisation-wide talent pipeline that takes into account current and future needs and were able to show evidence of how the talent management activity benefits the business, supports organisational agility, and the impact it will have on meeting future business objectives.

Winner: Kerry Group: Driving Global Growth through Talent

Photo shows: Kerry Group HR team with Terry Spence of One4All

Dell

As technology has become more central to the workplace, we know many HR teams are taking action to modernise their technology and build their analytics capability. CIPD wanted to see how technology in the widest sense is enhancing the employment experience and delivering better people management and HR services/ practice. Technology will have delivered specific benefits for the organisation while at the same time allowing greater participation, ownership and involvement by employees.

Winner: Dell: HR Direct Chat - Real Answers in Real Time

Photo shows: Dell HR team with Caitriona Lannen, Irish Times Executive Jobs

Health Services Executive

The judging panel decided on a special award to recognise where strong foundations and solid progress was being made in a challenging environment, with pointers towards excellence emerged as part of significant reform that should have a durable impact into the future.

Reflecting the organisation’s positive engagement with the CIPD Awards process and the specific work around diversity, equality and inclusion, and the National Employment Record Portal, the 2017 CIPD Special Recognition Award was presented to the HR and NDTP teams in the Health Service Executive.

Photo shows: Health Services Executive HR & NDTP teams with Alison Hodgson, Chair of CIPD Ireland

We know there is lots of good practice that we did not hear from, and need to acknowledge their contribution to championing better work and workplaces. We will be open to applications for the 2018 Awards in the Autumn, so keep an eye on our website for details.

Congratulations to all the finalists.

Media Sponsor: The Irish Times Executive Jobs

Excellence in HR Leadership

Kindly sponsored by DeCareDental

  • Bank of Ireland Group
  • Central Statistics Office
  • Irish Water
  • Kerry Group
  • Organic Lens Manufacturing (Essilor)
  • Version 1

Employee Empowerment and Trust

Kindly sponsored by NSAI

  • Department of Finance
  • Health Service Executive
  • Kuehne + Nagel
  • Lidl Ireland
  • ODEON & UCI Cinemas
  • Version 1

Talent Management

Kindly sponsored by One4All Rewards

  • Allied Irish Bank
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Boston Scientific
  • ESB International
  • Intel Ireland
  • Kerry Group

Organisation Development/L&D

  • Bank of Ireland - Learning Zone
  • ESB
  • ICON plc
  • MSD Brinny
  • Topaz Energy
  • UDG Healthcare plc
  • Ulster Bank
  • WALK

Use of Technology in HR and People Management

  • Dell
  • Health Service Executive (NDTP)
  • Jurys Inns
  • Kerry Group
  • St Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park
  • Woodies

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Accenture Ireland
  • ESB International
  • Health Service Executive
  • Intel Ireland
  • Marriott International-Cork GSCC
  • Vodafone Ireland

Embedding a Culture of Workplace Well-Being

Kindly sponsored by Healthy Ireland

  • Bank of Ireland
  • Fenero
  • Focus Ireland
  • Microsoft Ireland
  • Musgrave Operating Partners Ireland
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
  • Vodafone Ireland

Supported by Gift Innovations

Excellence in HR Leadership

This award recognises HR leadership that has demonstrated excellence and impact across the organisation to achieve business success. Entrants will highlight their innovative and unique approaches to addressing business issues and providing a sustainable solution that contributes to the success of the organisation.

This entry will illustrate teamwork, a willingness to challenge and a strategic approach to HR/L&D with a quantifiable contribution to organisational achievements. It will demonstrate collaborative working across organisational boundaries along with operational excellence in execution. There can be evidence of upskilling, development and modernisation of HR to align with the needs of the organisation.

Employee Empowerment and Trust

This award recognises organisations that have embedded, or are seeking to embed, a culture of trust and empowerment, a culture that enhances the engagement, well-being and contribution of employees in working towards the success of the business. This culture will be part of what the organisation values, and will be embedded in how it innovates and operates on a day-to-day basis. The employee voice and proactive measures will be part of making the workplace inclusive, empowering, a place where people feel respected and developed and want to contribute to the best of their ability. Evidence should show how the culture and a shared approach has had a positive impact on the performance of the organisation as well as on the employee experience.

Talent Management

This award recognises creative and effective talent attraction, retention and management strategies. Entrants are likely to be working towards an organisation-wide talent pipeline that takes into account current and future needs. They will have collaborated widely on talent management strategies in areas such as recruitment, succession planning, skills and competence building, managing performance and developing a strong and attractive employer brand. Entrants are encouraged to show evidence of how the talent management activity has benefited the business and met business objectives, how it has supported organisational agility, and the impact it will have on meeting future business objectives.

Organisation Development/L&D

This award will be looking for entries that demonstrate a strong link between organisation development activity and achieving business goals. Successful entrants will demonstrate an organisational culture that promotes learning and development, coaching, managing performance, innovative approaches to change and work design, as well as encourages feedback and openness on development needs. Entrants are encouraged to illustrate how their approach has taken not only the business needs into consideration, but also the employee experience and voice in the roll out of new developments. Entrants will give a clear description of the business objectives that prompted the development need, shaped the approach, and explain how effectiveness was measured.

Use of Technology in HR and People Management

This award will recognise how technology in the widest sense has been used to enhance the employment experience and deliver enhanced people management and HR services/ practice. The technology will have achieved specific benefits for the organisation while at the same time allowing greater participation, ownership and involvement by employees. Entries can involve use of technology in any facet of HR and people engagement/development, including sourcing, selection, performance management, employee engagement, learning and development, reward, employee self-service and HR management.

Diversity and Inclusion

This award recognises organisations that are moving the diversity and inclusion agenda forward, are breaking new ground and overcoming resistance, making change happen, and how this has benefitted employees and the business.

Entrants will be addressing important challenges in the workplace, including under-representation of certain groupings, fairness and impartiality in relation to reward, flexibility, access to promotion and learning & development opportunities. Entrants will have created an inclusive culture by challenging inequalities, barriers and bias in the development and application of recruitment and selection and people management activities.

Embedding a Culture of Workplace Well-Being

This award recognises organisations which place employee well-being centre stage within the organisation and have embedded a strong culture of workplace well-being. Successful entries will demonstrate an understanding of the holistic nature of employee health and well-being. Entrants will be ensuring that leadership, culture and people management capability and practices are supportive of employees' physical and mental well-being at work. As well as describing the work undertaken and the rationale for the approach adopted to support health and well-being, entrants need to provide clear evidence of the positive impact, and improvements in engagement and performance.

  • Entries will only be accepted using the official entry form provided.
  • For your entry to be accepted you must select a category and complete the form.
  • Very similar or identical information cannot be used to enter multiple categories, that is, each entry has to provide new information specific to that category.
  • Consultants and other service providers may jointly enter with client organisations. All entries must be signed off by an appropriate person within the client organisation.
  • CIPD Ireland and/or Judging Panel reserves the right to confirm the accuracy of the information provided on the entry form.
  • The name of the entering organisation will always be used as the name referred to in all appropriate marketing communications, unless instructed otherwise.
  • Entrants agree to co-operate with CIPD Ireland who may wish to publicise entries through the use of social media, case studies, specific media articles and events. Commercial sensitivity will always be respected.
  • CIPD Ireland and sponsoring organisations may use photographs/video of the Awards ceremony and winners as appropriate.
  • The decision of the judges is final and no further correspondence will be entered into. Due to the volume of entries we cannot always provide individual feedback on entries.
  • Finalists in each category will be announced in early January 2017.
  • Finalists will be invited to make a short presentation to the judging panel the week of 30 January 2017. 
  • Winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony itself.
  • The Awards Ceremony lunch will take place on Friday 17 February 2017.
  • After the closing date for submissions, all entries will be collected and reviewed against set criteria by the Judging Panel guaranteeing objectivity and credibility.
  • Entrants who are not shortlisted will be notified by email in early January 2017.
  • Shortlisted finalists will be invited to present to the Judging Panel. Invitations will be sent to shortlisted finalists in early January 2017.
  • The presentations by finalists will take place the week of 30 January 2017.
  • Winners will be announced at the CIPD Ireland HR Awards ceremony lunch on Friday 17 February 2017.

Judges

  • Bill Roche Full Professor of Industrial Relations & Human Resources, UCD Smurfit
  • Alison Hodgson Country HR Director, McDonalds
  • Michael Owens HR Director, VHI
  • Sean Fitzpatrick Director of Human Resources, Sisk & Sons
  • Niamh McNamara Head of HR, Novartis
  • Orla Graham Chief HR Officer, Deloitte
  • Sinead Heneghan CEO, Irish Institute of Training & Development
  • Fiona Tierney CEO, Public Appointments Commission
  • Joyce Rigby Jones Joint Managing Director, Voltedge
  • Sarah Abbott Senior Director Executive Talent Development, EMC
  • Orlagh Hunt Non Executive Director, FBD Insurance
  • Clodagh Logue Senior HR Director, Fitbit
  • Gina Quin President, National College of Ireland
  • Kara McGann Senior Labour Market Policy Executive, IBEC
  • Chris O'Donovan Group HR Director, Shannon Group Plc
  • Rod Toner Manager - Human Capital, Optum
  • Colette Walsh Director Human Resources, Tusla
  • Alison Sheridan Lecturer - Faculty of Business and Hospitality, Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Kevin Empey Director, Towers Willis
  • Michelle Browne Excellence Through People, NSAI
  • Anne Marie McGrath Lecturer HRM and Employment Law, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Donal Crowley HR Director, Veolia
  • Lorraine McCullen HR Partner, Bord Gais Energy

Sponsors

Irish Times Executive Search

Irish Times Executive Search

DeCareDental

DeCareDental

DeCare Dental is Ireland’s first and only specialist dental insurance provider and oral health company. DeCare offers great dental cover to suit all ages and budgets backed up by excellent customer service and support as well as the latest research and wellness programs in oral/dental health. Dental insurance is now positioned as one of the fastest growing corporate benefits in Ireland and we are proud and committed to playing a critical role in this development as the only dedicated dental specialist provider in Ireland.

National Standards Authority of Ireland

National Standards Authority of Ireland

Success as a business owner or manager largely depends on the ability to improve business performance through people. Excellence Through People provides a business improvement model for organisations to enhance performance and realise strategies, through the effective management and development of their people. The focus of Excellence Through People is to get organisations to look at their people as a key source of competitive advantage and operate accordingly.


One4All

One4All

One4all specialise in providing businesses and individuals with meaningful ways to say thank you. Our product portfolio spans across the gifting, saving and reward markets. We work with over 6,000 companies throughout Ireland and the UK to create effective rewards and incentives schemes, tailoring our solutions to suit the needs of the employer. With over ten years’ experience in the industry, we are experts in improving staff motivation and retention through practical, cost-effective reward programmes.

Healthy Ireland

Healthy Ireland

Healthy Ireland is the National Framework for action to improve the health and well-being of the population of Ireland. Its vision is A Healthy Ireland where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and well-being to their full potential where well-being is valued and supported at every level in society.

Healthy Workplaces are identified as having the potential to impact on the lives of a significant proportion of the population and under the auspices of Healthy Ireland a National Healthy Workplace Framework is under development. Further information from www.healthyireland.ie.




Gift Innovations

Gift Innovations

Gift Innovations believes in the power of recognition. We work with companies who value their employees and assist them in developing a culture of appreciation: from celebrating milestones and company successes to implementing strategic employee recognition programmes. We offer expertise, intuitive tools and premium rewards that create deeper moments of recognition for your employees.

Launch of CIPD Ireland HR Awards 2017
Wednesday 19 October 2016
Closing date for entries
17:00 Tuesday 6 December 2016
Shortlisted finalists announced
Week commencing 9 January 2017
Shortlisted finalists present to Judging Panel
Week commencing 30 January 2017
Awards ceremony lunch and announcement of winners
12:30-17:00 Friday 17 February 2017
CIPD-Ireland-HR-Awards-2017-info.pdf (456 KB) CIPD Ireland HR Awards 2017 - Supporting Documents