Personnel Today Awards: The main event of 2006

This week we are launching the Personnel Today Awards 2006, with a mission to find the cream of HR – the teams making a big difference in organisations of all sizes and in all sectors across the UK.

We want to honour those teams making an impact with their people policies and delivering great bottom-line business benefits.

If your HR department has spearheaded an innovative project, driven down costs, been courageous in implementing change, or has achieved great results in the past 18 months, then you could be one of this year’s award winners.

This year brings new opportunities to become a finalist, with a new category, the HR Impact Award for the most innovative tactical solution to a business problem. There are a total of 12 main categories in the 2006 line-up. Teams reaching the shortlist will be showcased in Personnel Today and on

There will be independent judges for each category. All entries will be measured against five criteria:

Innovation & achievement

What was innovative, different and unusual about the HR team’s effort in this area? How did the project originate? Describe the significance of the achievement to individuals, the team and the organisation.


What team was involved and how did they pull together to deliver? Describe the strengths of the team.


Who was the leader? What was their vision and what part did they play overall? Did they have influence beyond the team, and did they have an impact at a corporate level?

HR’s contribution to the business

Provide evidence of the value of the project to the organisation as a whole. What impact did it have? How has HR helped develop positive outcomes overall?

Effective use of resources

Describe the resources you had available in terms of people, investment and infrastructure. Explain how these resources were used to good effect.

All shortlisted teams will be invited to an awards dinner at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, on 23 November, where the winners will be announced. Last year’s celebration welcomed more than 1,200 guests and was a sell-out weeks before the big night arrived.

Entering the awards does not cost a penny, yet the shortlisted teams will reap the benefits of maximum exposure in the pages of Personnel Today. Enter now and give your team and organisation the recognition they deserve. The closing date for entries is 9 June.

Personnel Today Awards categories 2006

  • Addleshaw Goddard HR Impact Award
  • Capgemini Employer Branding Award
  • Ceridian Centrefile HR Director of the Year Award
  • Fujitsu Services and Baxter Neumann Award for Excellence in Outsourcing and Shared Services
  • Hays Human Resources Award for Innovation in Recruitment and Retention
  • HR Directors Club Award for Talent Management
  • Northgate HR Award for Best HR Strategy in Line with Business
  • PersonnelTodayJobs Award for Excellence in Graduate Recruitment
  • PMI Health Group Award for Managing Health at Work
  • Training & Coaching Today Award for Excellence in Training
  • Vizual Technology Award for Excellence in HR Through Technology
  • XpertHR Award for HR Collaboration

Personnel Today Awards 2005 Winners

  • Employer Branding Award – Compass Group
  • HR Collaboration Award – Co-operative Financial Services
  • Age Positive at Work Award – Land Registry
  • Excellence in Outsourcing & Shared Services Award – Vertex Customer Management
  • Excellence in Graduate Recruitment Award – Centrica
  • HR Director of the Year Award – Angela O’Connor, Crown Prosecution Service
  • Innovation in Recruitment & Retention Award – Matalan Retail
  • Innovation in Career Development Award – Fujitsu Services
  • Best Strategy in Line with Business Award – Compass Group
  • Managing Health at Work Award – GlaxoSmithKline
  • Excellence in HR Through Technology Award – The Cabinet Office
  • Excellence in Training Award – Crown Prosecution Service
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Professor Shaun Tyson, Cranfield University School of Management
  • Overall Winner – Compass Group

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