CIPD People Management Awards winners announced

CIPD People Management Awards winners announced


The winners of the 2017 CIPD People Management Awards were announced last night, at an awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel hosted by broadcaster Rory Bremner.

This year’s awards were divided into 19 categories and were open to organisations of all sizes and sectors.

itsu was crowned category winners of the Best HR/L&D team of the year and overall winners for its campaign to celebrate the work of its fish cutters, a crucial but under-appreciated part of the workforce. The campaign turned itsu’s fish cutters into ‘fish pros’, by investing in training and development, engagement, recruitment and performance management. While the investment was substantial, the subsequent decrease in labour costs and increase in applications, retention and employee engagement was more significant. The judges agreed that the project was a great example of innovation and creativity that connected with business objectives but also displayed the full range of HR and L&D skills needed to make it successful.

Commenting on the awards, Peter Cheese, CIPD chief executive, said: “Last night’s awards enabled us to celebrate the fantastic work of the very best of the HR and L&D profession. Those that won demonstrated people management and development initiatives that were not only original and creative, but also made a real difference to people at work and very importantly to positive business outcomes. Across recruitment, well-being, diversity and volunteering, and from SMEs to international organisations, we continue to see the rising standard of entries and of practice.

“All of our winners should be very proud of what they have achieved and their much deserved recognition. As the overall winner, itsu’s campaign was innovative but sustainable, recognising and celebrating the talents of the entire workforce and showing a commitment to them as valued employees. Through this initiative, itsu has shown other organisations in the food and drink industry the remarkable impact that valuing employees can have on engagement, retention and even on customers. They should be extremely proud of the work they have done, and we congratulate them and all of our other winners.”

In addition to the overall winner, awards were given to winners from each category, which were chosen by a panel of industry judges:

Best change management initiative - Christchurch and East Dorset Councils

Best diversity and inclusion initiative - Skanska UK

Best employee engagement initiative - Northern Ireland Electricity Networks

Best international HR initiative - AstraZeneca

Best health and well-being initiative - Cornwall Council

Best L&D initiative, private sector - Supergroup

Best L&D initiative, public/third sector - Police Now

Best recruitment and talent management initiative - Royal Mencap Society

Best reward initiative - Midland Heart

Best SME people management initiative - Ammeon

Best coaching and mentoring initiative - Ministry of Justice Civil Service HR Casework

Best digital initiative in HR/L&D - Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Best employer-supported volunteering programme - Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

Best apprenticeship scheme - BT Fleet

Michael Kelly outstanding student award, intermediate and foundation level - Melissa Venner, Liquid Personnel

Michael Kelly outstanding student award, advanced level - Jodie Gilbert, Flowcrete Group

Best HR/L&D supplier - MTD Training

Best HR/L&D consultancy - Cirrus

Best HR/L&D team of the year - Itsu

Full details can be found on the CIPD website.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

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