With the CIPD HR Awards, we set out to deliver a robust and rigorous process that was relevant in today’s volatile world and connected to the CIPD mission to Champion Better Work and Working Lives. This is what drove our award categories, our engagement with Professor Bill Roche as Chair of our judging panel and our judging process. We wanted to see examples of business rationale, innovative thinking, appropriate approaches and assessment of impact. And all were in great supply in our entries.
For our judges, we sought out HR and business leaders who could help us with the process, and gave them a difficult, but exciting job to do. The entries were strictly evaluated against the application criteria, so thank you to our judges for that.
Then in the presentations, the finalists were put all through their paces by the judges. Reflecting the high calibre of entries, we had a day of tough decisions in January.
The feedback from judges was hugely positive across all categories and while it’s not possible to give individual feedback to all entries, as promised we have compiled some of the key tips that may help to strengthen future submissions.
Feedback from judges
- Keep the responses simple, jargon light and use as few internal acronyms as possible!
- Strong submissions had a clear format and structure to their answers on the entry form.
- Sounds obvious but make sure to answer the question that’s asked and not the one that you wish had been asked!
- Successful entries reflected the criteria of the award category. We would encourage entrants to fully understand the award criteria for the category that they are entering and make sure that this criteria comes across in the entry form and presentations.
- Also make sure you are entering the right category for your particular initiative.
- Entries that contained innovative HR practices, were firmly embedded in the needs of the organisation and had relevant quantifiable business and employee outcomes impressed the judges. Many organisations focused solely on metrics that were not directly linked to the business.
- The judges were impressed with entries that clearly indicated where their journey started and where they got to as a result of taking a decisive and distinctive approach. For some entries it was too soon in the journey for any insights to be available.
- Successful entries demonstrated how the sustainable approach taken will support the organisation in the future and how the approach evolved the culture of the organisation to ensure engagement and people development.
The CIPD Ireland team appreciates the time and effort that was spent on compiling your entries. We hope that the above feedback will help as we encourage you to enter the Awards when they open again in September 2017.