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Top tips from the HR Excellence Awards judges


Want to know what the judges look for in a HR Excellence Award entry? Here are some top tips from 2021's panel.

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David Frost, people and organisational development director, Dole:

"A clear link to the overall organisational strategy - the policy needs to make sure it benefits the entire business.

"Clarity on what problem the programme has solved - clear evidence of adding measurable value - and remember to use as many metrics as possible.

"Innovative thinking and approach - something genuinely different and exciting, this is the excellence awards, so we are looking for excellence."


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."


Check out what you need to supply under each of the different categories here: HR Excellence Awards categories


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.


The deadline for entries to the 2022 HR Excellence Awards is 5pm Friday 29 July. Don't miss out - submit your entry now.