This means prospective entries will have more time to finesse their entry to the most sought-after awards in the HR profession.
The annual celebration will be held in December at a new venue this year: The Brewery, London on Tuesday, 6 December.
Spanning 19 categories, the HR Excellence Awards celebrate the HR professionals and teams who have gone above and beyond in their organisation.
All entries are poured over by our esteemed panel of judges before being announced at the ceremony in December.
Want to know what the judges look for in a HR Excellence Award entry? Here are some top tips from 2021's panel.
Melanie Steel, interim HR director and founder, People Change Expertise:
"If it’s a new strategy, policy or change that has been implemented, the entrant needs to have given it enough time to show the benefits - not just the fact they have introduced it.
"The entry also need to be underpinned with data and feedback not just from HR but from managers and employees where possible. How did the change make them feel?
"There needs to be evidence of the wider success, particularly connections with local communities and local businesses.
"I would love to see entries where they have truly piloted, experimented, and shared what went well, what didn’t go well, how they changed things and then rolled out across the organisation and adapted for different business units."
More on HR Excellence Awards:
Check out what you need to supply under each of the different categories here: HR Excellence Awards categories
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Jon Dawson, group director of people development, The Lore Group:
"A great submission for the HR Excellence Awards consists of a well-structured and thought-out entry that clearly outlines the approach the organisation has taken and that rational behind the strategy.
"Any award-winning entry must effectively demonstrate defined actions and the long-term results and impacts that have occurred."
Liz Sebag-Montefiore, director and co-founder, 10Eighty:
"As a judge I'm looking for clear, measurable objectives, creative and effective implementation and demonstrable results that relate to the original goal.
"I look for a company which shows exceptional commitment to delivering the very best in X category, demonstrates best practice and shows an innovative approach in its delivery. I also consider the structure, presentation and clarity of each entry.