The SHRM HR Awards have been instituted as an exemplary platform to recognize organizations that put people first, deliver future focused excellence in the field of People Management and understand the importance of human capital as a key contributor to business outcomes.
The SHRM HR Awards Intent
These awards recognize the pioneering and innovative people management practices that impact not just organizations but also business, society and the profession as a whole.
We invite you and your organizations to apply for the SHRM HR Awards in its 11th consecutive year. These awards are founded on the philosophy to recognize organizations, which have excelled in bringing NEXT into their people practices and empowered HR to become a Strategic Business Partner. These Awards will also celebrate and acknowledge organizations that work passionately towards raising the bar for the profession through constant innovation.
The Awards recognize excellence in the following categories:
Why your organization should enter the SHRM HR Awards Competition
As an Award Winner, your organization will be recognized and feted as a Leader in NEXT People Practices. In addition, these Awards will establish:
Your position as a trailblazer
The SHRM HR Awards recognize your organization’s practices as a benchmark of the highest quality within the HR community, be it national, global or virtual.
A framework to measure your organization’s performance
The SHRM Awards identify and recognize existing and emerging areas in HR, which will have significant and widespread implications for the profession in the coming years. The Awards framework and platform allows you to present the evidence of what your organization and teams do in a measurable manner.
An opportunity to advance the profession
These unique Awards will acknowledge how organizations and their teams have contributed to the advancement of the HR profession through innovative thought processes, impactful implementation and commitment.
An opportunity to inspire other organizations and professionals
Showcasing your work on the SHRM HR Awards platform will raise the bar for the profession by demonstrating how the best organizations deliver excellence. Your work will inspire other organizations to aim for the next level and set higher quality standards for the entire profession.
Human Capital Analytics is the process by which the value of the organization’s people is measured and improved for the purpose of enhancing overall organizational performance.
The key elements that are important for Human Capital Analytics in the organization are those that add value to your organization which include the tools and technology being adopted, integrating analytics with organizational financials, educating stakeholders and the competency of an individual in this area.
The HR Analytics Award recognizes the ability of the organization in incorporating all these key elements in their Human Capital Analytics approach.
Diversity & Inclusion is the collective mixture of differences and similarities that includes for example, individual and organizational characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences and behaviors.
It has three primary dimensions –
This Award therefore recognizes companies that have adopted and implemented policies and practices to build in and promote diversity and inclusion. It seeks to reward the thought process that the “culture of inclusion” has become a business imperative.
The Community Impact award showcases organizations which have created a significant impact on community through their sustainable social initiatives, particularly in the people realm. It seeks to recognize the commitment of these firms in creating a balanced approach between economic growth and profits on one hand, and community development related initiatives aimed at creating higher societal value on the other.
The areas of impact can range at the micro level, from improving the quality of life for communities that their businesses are operating in, to driving financial empowerment and enterprise development at the macro level. The sectors can vary from Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Livelihood-related training and so on.
The essence of the Award is to recognize the spirit of being responsible as a corporate entity, towards contributing to solutions for identified social concerns by utilizing the organization’s own financial and people resources.
Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow requires a different kind of approach as compared to the leadership development frameworks that organizations typically have. The need of the market is to have a holistic LEADER development approach, which focuses on elements such as sustainability, a global mindset, value system based on ethics, accountability and so on.
This award therefore seeks to recognize organizations which have been implementing best/next practices/programs in this area in order to develop their potential leaders (3 to 5 years) or emerging leaders (roles which are a level below the CXO roles), for roles which are new and far more challenging than those in the past, due to the rapid market changes.
Talent Acquisition is a critical component of any organizations HR strategy. These practices determine the manpower that enters and eventually runs the organization machinery and have an important impact on the employer brand and perceived employee value proposition.
First impressions are often lasting impressions; and thus, the talent sourcing and staffing practice is critical in creating that undying impact on prospective and new hires. This practice also has an immense impact on the organizations’ topline and bottom line as both are ultimately driven by the employees.
This award, therefore, recognizes organizations that have instituted excellent practices in the field of talent sourcing and staffing and have elevated the talent acquisition lifecycle (sourcing, hiring, and onboarding) to a highly productive level.
A learning organization is one which promotes and enhances continuous learning of its employees in order to remain competitive. Learning and knowledge acquisition encourage critical thinking and experimentation resulting in improved employee contributions over time.
This award therefore seeks to recognize organizations with demonstrated success in learning initiatives that include training, development and knowledge management. Learning includes acquisition of knowledge (tacit & explicit), skills, behaviors or competencies which are critical for organizational success.
This award seeks to recognize organizations that understand the linkage of employee health to business productivity. These have proactively identified or designed specific health and wellness programs which can support the needs of their employee segments.
The initiatives that can be covered under these go beyond insurance plans. These can be onsite healthcare facilities or online health assessment tools, programs and information providers for healthy lifestyles, regular medical employee health screening camps, wellness and nutrition coaching/ counseling, tie-ups with any hospitals, club or gym memberships, women’s health, stress management counseling. The programs for senior leadership can also be included in this category.
Within the gamut of this award, will also be healthcare support provided to disabled employees or those who have been injured while at work, assistance provided to those who have a dependency on tobacco or alcohol, suffering from obesity. In inclusive and forward thinking organization, this could also involve counseling related to raising awareness in HIV/AIDS.
Leveraging HR Technology is the extent to which organizations are able to effectively use technology to drive and deliver organizational / HR goals in order to gain competitive advantage. It seeks to transform the role of HR from merely administrative and operational to a more consultative and strategic one.
The key elements that are important for Leveraging HR Technology in an organization are those that facilitate the digitization of HR processes which include the scale and depth of technology implementation, the ease with which HR data can be accessed and analyzed, whether automation has facilitated alignment of HR goals with business goals, and ensuring that it is a process of continuous improvement rather than a one-time intervention.
This award therefore recognizes the ability of the organization in incorporating all these key elements to make their internal HR processes more efficient and also better align their HR goals to business goals.
Managing the hybrid workplace is the process by which an organization facilitates and manages the change from working in a complete physical office environment to a mix of physical and remote working environment – referred to as a hybrid work format. A remote workspace can be defined as an environment where employees work away from company premises and communicate with their respective workplaces via telephone and/or computer devices.
The key elements that are important for managing hybrid workplaces are those that help employees to adjust to the new work ethic and provide the organization with methodologies that ensure business continuity, while delivering high levels of economic value to the business.
With an emphasis on a solutions-based approach, this award category focusses on critical elements organisations have explored to successfully manage a hybrid organization, including; leadership styles, effectiveness of virtual working teams (Local & Global), communication, technology and related infrastructure, training & people development.
This Award recognizes the effort, ability, systems & processes set up by HR in incorporating all these key elements in their approach.
Participation is open to the following organizations:
For the purpose of these awards MSME is defined as under-
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) are classified in two Classes:
(a) Manufacturing Enterprises– The enterprises engaged in the manufacture or production of goods pertaining to any industry
(b) Service Enterprises: The enterprises engaged in providing or rendering of services
Investment in Plant & Machinery
Does not exceed twenty five lakh rupees
More than twenty five lakh rupees but does not exceed five crore rupees
More than five crore rupees but does not exceed ten crore rupees
Investment in Equipment
Does not exceed ten lakh rupees:
More than ten lakh rupees but does not exceed two crore rupees
More than two crore rupees but does not exceed five core rupees
SHRM HR Excellence Awards – Application Process
Step 2: Request the SHRM team for an invoice depending on the categories you have applied for. All applicants would need to make a one- time (non – refundable) Application Fee based on the number of categories the organization wishes to participate in.
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Each Organization can participate in a maximum of 4 award categories.
The payment of the Application fee can be made online by clicking on the below Link:
A cheque/ demand draft can also be drawn in favour of Strategic Human Resource Management Pvt. Ltd. or SHRM India Pvt. Ltd and sent across to the SHRM Gurgaon office:
Mr. Mayank Runthla
SHRM India Pvt. Ltd. (Gurugram)
705 & 706, 7th floor,
Emaar Capital Tower 1, MG Road, Sector 26,
Step 3: Download the Application forms for the specific Award categories, you wish to apply, from the links below. Fill out the details required for your respective Application Forms and send it to us at [email protected]. You can also attach supporting documents of maximum 15 pages/slides for a particular Award category. These collaterals will be accepted only in the form of PPT, PDF or WORD documents. No excel formats, links hyperlinked in text will be accepted. Applicants also have the option to submit a video of up to 5 min to support their application. This video needs to talk specifically about the intervention/ practice been showcased and should not be a generic one.
Download Application form for the following award categories:
All applications must be sent through an official email address and one single point of contact should send across all forms as well as queries.
Award Registrations Open – 15th June, 2022.
The completed Application forms (soft copy) should reach the SHRM Mailbox – [email protected] not later than 5:00 pm on 3rd October, 2022.
All Applications will be put through a three – level evaluation process-
Initial screening of all applications forms.
Application forms will be reviewed on various parameters, by the jury. They will arrive at a list of shortlisted finalists which will proceed to the Final Jury Evaluation.
The finalists that emerge through the Level 2 evaluation from the Primary Jury would be required to make a presentation to the Final Jury Panel on either of the above mentioned dates. A senior representative from the shortlisted organization would need to make the final presentation and respond to any questions the jury may have. All applicants will be informed via email if they have been shortlisted or not. Respective organisation representatives would accordingly need to make themselves available. The winners of the SHRM HR Awards will be announced and awarded at the SHRM India Annual Conference, Awards Night scheduled on 23rd November, 2022.
The jury will be evaluating participating organizations on three broad parameters:
This encompasses innovation in the design, delivery mechanisms, implementation and tracking of the system/process. It also includes original communication campaigns and design of metrics around it.
Recognition of the system/process in external and internal forums and tracking of metrics showcasing its success are also encompassed in this parameter.
Financial, people, organization culture or infrastructure related investments and changes as well as communication and branding of the system/process contribute in making it sustainable and scalable.
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