This award recognises an HR professional or team that has added value to their organisation through an innovative, clever or determined solution. Tactical, rather than strategic, the winning intervention will show HR at its most creative and flexible. Entries had to provide evidence of: speed of reaction, thinking 'outside the box', clear communication, a sophisticated understanding of the business drivers, and measurement of the benefits.
Addleshaw Goddard has one of the largest teams of employment lawyers in the UK. It focuses on the effective management of issues that can have a serious impact on client businesses - complex, unpredictable and sensitive matters, which may have a high value or affect reputation or strategy.
Bruce Warman was director of personnel for Vauxhall from 1988 to 2003. He was also chairman of the CBI in the East of England and a member of the Acas Council. He is now a member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Accountancy Investigation and Discipline Board and is chairman of the audit committee for the Security Industry Authority.
BT Global Services
The team - HR M&A and Outsourcing Team
Number in team: 5 Number in HR function: 245 Number of employees HR is responsible for: 30,000+
About the organisation
BT Global Services is a provider of networked IT services worldwide.
The HR M&A [mergers & acquisitions] and Outsourcing Team came to life in February 2005 in response to increasing mergers, acquisitions and outsourcing activity and the clear requirement to combine the best internal and external practices into a comprehensive, repeatable and flexible way of working.
What the organisation did
- Brought together, for the first time, specialists from HR and other areas of the business to discuss best practice.
- Designed, developed and rolled out a best practice work plan on a budget of £200,000.
- Disseminated the plan through a series of training days to ensure everyone had a basic understanding and used a common language.
Benefits and achievements
- Raised HR's capability to support the business through the M&A/outsourcing contract lifecycle.