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HR Excellence Awards Shortlist unveiled

After a day of cogitation, altercation and mediation - as befits a group of 11 opinionated HR directors - this year's HR Excellence Awards judges have reached agreement on the shortlist for the HR Excellence Awards 2009.

The judges sifted through a plethora of entries to narrow them down to 42 entries representing 21 private companies and 16 public and third sector organisations. These were deemed the most excellent examples of HR practice in the past year.
The short-listed companies are listed below. The winners of each of these categories will be announced at a gala dinner on 30 June at the London Hilton on Park Lane, together with the HR Director of the Year (http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/news/893290/HR-Excellence-Awards-2009-Choose-HR-director-year/) sponsored by Digby Morgan, Most People Focused CEO of the Year (http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/channel/hrexcellenceawards/article/899773/shortlist-HR-Excellence-Award-people-focussed-CEO/) and Best HR Strategy in a Company under 250 Employees. HR will also announce the overall Gold Award - the best of the best.
For more details and to book your place, please contact Alessandra Zorzato on 020 8267 4161 or Alessandra.Zorzato@Haymarket.com

Best Talent Management Strategy
Sponsored by Cedar Talent Management

Barratt Developments - Best talent management strategy
McDonald's Restaurants - Women's leadership development programme
Solaglas Windowcare - Developing tomorrow's managers
Zenith Optimedia - Talent strategy

Most Successful Change Management Project

BUPA - Our journey of self discovery
East Sussex County Council - The PSU new service offer
Kerrygold - Embracing change
NHS Lothian - Lean in Lothian programme of process improvement
Safestore - Creating the UK's no 1 self storage company

Most Effective Benefits Strategy
Sponsored by Ceridian

Ladbrokes - Club Ladbrokes

Most Compelling Motivation Scheme

Asda - Asda Instant Reward Cards
Ladbrokes - Football Frenzy

Most Effective Use of Internal Communications

Action for Children - From NCH to Action for Children: engaging our internal audiences in our rebrand
BAE Systems - Integrated working teams
Cambridgeshire County Council - Engaging employees with Investors in People
Northern Rail - Our internal communications strategy

Most Effective Recruitment and Retention

Centrica - Centrica recruitment insourcing
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust - Recruitment and retention

Best Learning and Development Strategy

Howden Group - Howden Academy
McDonald's Restaurants - McDonald's learning and development strategy

Health and Wellbeing Award

East Sussex County Council - Health and wellbeing
Metropolitan Police Service - Shrinking clouds

Most Innovative use of Technology

Asda - Pioneering online psychometrics
Croydon Council - Revolutionises its HR service provision
McDonald's Restaurants - Online orientation
Patersons - HR solution

Best Public Sector HR Strategy or Initiative

Cambridgeshire County Council - Engaging Employees with Investors in People
DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) - facilitating strategic change
Department for Children, Schools and Families - How HR can help tackle child poverty
National Offender Management Service (formerly HM Prison Service) - Our people strategy

Best Third Sector Strategy or Initiative

Broadway - Real people
The Learning Trust - People management strategy

Best Use of CSR in HR

BAE Systems - Submarine solutions our responsibilities
The Midcounties Co-operative - Best use of CSR in HR
Norwich Union - Putting people at the heart of CSR

Outstanding Employee Engagement Strategy

Birmingham City Council - Employee engagement programme: Birmingham BEST
Grey - OPEN
Lastminute.com - Building and implementing a best practice employee engagement strategy
Mouchel - Recommending Mouchel to the world
Royal College of Nursing - Dignity at work initiative
TGI Friday's UK - Fridoids