CIPD HR Awards 2018

It’s that time of the year again! We are excited with this year’s entries to the CIPD Ireland 2019 HR Awards.

Our closing date has been extended to 15 November 2018 so get cracking. The CIPD Ireland HR Awards are the most prestigious awards in Ireland, run by the CIPD on your behalf to recognise innovative and outstanding work and people in HR and L&D.

Why CIPD Ireland HR Awards?

Through a very robust and rigorous process, these prestigious awards identify organisations that are championing better work and working lives by improving business performance and enhancing the experience of employees, customers and by extension, the society in which we operate.

With a panel of judges that are highly experienced, the CIPD Ireland HR Awards offer significant value to organisations and individuals who are part of the process. Entrants will have the opportunity to showcase the work of HR and L&D, how they are adding value to their organisation, how initiatives are conceived, how they align with the overall business objectives, the challenges encountered and the successes achieved. Hear the views of our 2018 Judges.

This year, we are delighted to bring you three additional award categories in recognition of the need for wider reach and more inclusive awards. While maintaining the CIPD badge of prestige, these three categories will encourage broader participation and help build and sustain our profession in the future.

So far, the awards have generated a lot of interest and we have received many entries for this year. Based on that recognition, we want to provide opportunity for more participation and we have now extended the closing date for awards entries till 15 November 2018. So, go ahead and send your applications by email at . You can also apply in multiple categories if you have different initiatives to showcase for each.

Download the CIPD Ireland 2019 Entry pack below to read about the key dates, our rules of entry, the category descriptions including our exciting new ones, some hints and tips, as well as the Entry forms.

Now is the time to enter!

Our thanks to Sanderson, our overall 2019 HR Awards sponsor and our media sponsor Irish Times Executive Jobs for their support.

New categories for 2019

This new award will recognise HR/L&D teams that have worked closely together and partnered with the business to deliver value through HR initiatives and practices. Entrants will be able to demonstrate how the team collaborated together, supported and developed the team members, while working across the business, and achieved results through the effective workings of the team. 

The team will be able to demonstrate how it coordinated itself, aligned its objectives to the overall objectives of the organisation and had a positive its impact on employees / business performance. Through their engagement, this HR/L&D team will have helped their organisation achieve its objectives, eg. learning and development, managing change, new markets or innovations.

This award recognises small and medium organisations (SMEs) with less than 100 employees that are forging ahead in terms of growth and using resources within their means to achieve good people management results. Entrants are likely to show how agility, multiskilling and small teams can help to achieve strong results. 

This award will recognise the use of creativity, innovation and simple methods to address people management issues. Entrants in this category will be conversant with relevant HR policies and good practice while recognising the need to be agile. Entrants will be able to demonstrate how people management is being embedded within the organisation and how it is improving business performance and / or the customer /employee experience.

This award recognises individuals who have set themselves apart in their HR journey by making meaningful impact in their workplace or in their academic pursuits. Nominations can be made for early careers professionals, students currently studying or completed a CIPD qualification in recent years. 

This award will be nominated by the organisation or academic centre that has seen the positive impact of the work, project or studies of this individual. Evidence will show impact of the work in terms of its practical application. This may include metrics that shows cost savings, revenue generation, improved customer and employee experience, new research or addressing a social concern.

Please note there is a separate entry form for the Rising stars category. The individual must be nominated by the organisation, their tutor or their colleagues.

Established categories

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, improving culture and providing a sustainable solution that contributes to the success of the organisation.

This entry will illustrate a strategic approach to HR/L&D with a quantifiable contribution to organisational achievements. It will demonstrate a willingness to challenge and work collaboratively 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.  

This award recognises organisations that have embedded, or are seeking to embed, a culture of trust and empowerment, a culture that enhances employee involvement, engagement, and commitment in working towards the success of the business.

This empowering culture will be part of what the organisation values, and will be embedded in how it communicates, innovates and operates on a day-to-day basis. The employee voice and proactive measures will be part of making the workplace inclusive, enabling, a place where people feel respected and developed and want to contribute to the best of their ability.  

Entrants may demonstrate how they supported line management to engage and empower employees. 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 overall employee experience.

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.

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.

This award will recognise how technology and data in the widest sense have been used to enhance the employment experience and deliver enhanced people management and HR practices / insights. 

It can recognise how HR analytics has been used to generate useful evidence and insights for decision-making in the organisation. The use of technology and/or analytics 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 and/or analytics in any facet of HR and people engagement/development, including sourcing, selection, performance, engagement, learning and development, reward, employee self-service and human capital reporting.

This award recognises organisations that are moving the inclusion and diversity 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 and reward activities.

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.

What are you waiting for?

Send your applications to us today and be part of a robust and rigorous process. Showcase your work and be recognised by your peers. More importantly, in a tightening labour market, improve your organisations’ brand image to ensure you attract the right talent.

Important dates to note

  • Entries close - 15 November 2018 (date extended from 26 October 18)
  • Announcement of finalists - 14 December 2019
  • Final round judging - 16 January 2019
  • Awards ceremony - 15 February 2019

We very much appreciate your support and that of our sponsors, judging panel, members, applicants and winners to help make such a success of the CIPD Ireland HR Awards.