The impact coronavirus has had on the UK workforce is undisputed, however, from managing the shift to remote work to keeping employee engagement high, HR rose to the challenge.
In response to the remarkable way HR teams responded to the pandemic, HR magazine felt the HR Excellence Awards needed new categories to reflect the new challenges teams now face.
The new categories are, Best Crisis Management Strategy and Best Flexible Working Strategy.
For the Best Flexible Working Strategy, the judges are looking for a thoroughly inclusive strategy that goes far beyond statutory guidance to offer flexibility and remote-work options, matching the needs of employees and the business function.
The winner of this category will provide a clear narrative that demonstrates why the strategy was implemented and how it is linked to broader business strategy.
It will also provide a thorough understanding of the strategy’s impact, using metrics, evidence and case studies to demonstrate positive change on recruitment, retention and employee engagement rates.
Evidence the strategy is a good fit for the workforce and reflects employee needs, will also be vital.
The new Best Crisis Management Strategy award is intended to celebrate the hard work HR does in responding to crises.
The judges are looking for an entry that can demonstrate not only the reactive responses to a crisis, but preparedness and forward-thinking in protecting the organisation appropriately against future unpredictable events.
The winner will have a clear example of how they responded to the challenge faced, as well as the measures that were put in place to keep employees safe.
An explanation of what learning and improvements will be carried forward into new ways of working and future employment practices, is also needed.
The annual event will be held in person at the London Hilton on 1 December.
The HR Excellence Awards 2021 are now open for entries.
Click here to enter now.