Winners of the HKIHRM’s HR Excellence Awards 2015/16 will be branded with the industry’s ultimate seal of approval
In the same way that the Oscars and the Golden Globe Awards recognise outstanding achievements in the film industry, the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management (HKIHRM) HR Excellence Awards 2015/16 will celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of teams and individuals working within the human resources industry.
To rise to business challenges on different fronts, Hong Kong companies need to continuously reinvent themselves and adeptly respond to changes. As a result, HR professionals are taking on a broader spectrum of functions not only to satisfy their employees’ career aspirations, but also to help their companies develop a sustainable talent pipeline for continued development.
Margaret Cheng, chairperson of the HR Excellence Awards 2015/16 organising committee, says the awards programme is aimed at encouraging organisations to harness the power of human assets in driving business development and raising operational effectiveness. It also provides a platform for HR professionals and senior management to show how their HR initiatives have contributed to the growth, sustainability and business objectives of their organisations.
“The awards serve as great recognition and motivation for HR professionals and showcase how good HR practices can help drive business results,” Cheng says.
According to Cheng, the HR Excellence Awards have become a focal point that shows how the HR profession has moved from playing a purely administrative role to becoming an essential part of business decision-making. “Increasingly we see how HR delivers value to an organisation through its involvement in strategy formulation, talent solutions execution and corporate culture development,” Cheng says. “We see such evolution and trends reflected in the high quality of participants that enter the competition each year.”
Now in its fourth year, the awards programme – which aligns with the HKIHRM’s mission to raise the bar of Hong Kong’s HR professionals and practitioners and promote HR best practices – is open to organisations of any size or type with operations in Hong Kong, Macau, the mainland and the Asia-Pacific region. Entrants are required to submit projects with proven results and quantifiable achievements, implemented between November 1, 2013, and October 30, 2015. Entries must be submitted no later than December 4, 2015.
Eighteen awards will be presented in four categories: Organisational, HR Service Provider, SME and Individual, plus a Grand Award where the winner is selected from the Organisational category. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of high-profile judges, based on the HR Professional Standards Model developed by the HKIHRM as judging criteria.
The panel includes the Hong Kong government’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung; HKIHRM president David Li; Dr Roy Chung, co-founder and non-executive director of Techtronic Industries; Professor Chan Ka-lok, dean of The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Business School; Ritchie Bent, group head of HR at Jardine Matheson; and Cheng herself.
Besides the recognition given to individuals and teams for their outstanding HR practices, Cheng says the HR Excellence Awards offer a number of other benefits to companies and individuals that enter. First, they provide a platform for participants to share knowledge about the way the HR profession is evolving and adapting, such as through improving talent management processes, creating a more agile workforce and introducing smart working practices.
In addition, many winning companies have been invited to share their knowledge and experiences at various external seminars and business events and had their HR practices profiled in the media.
“An award is not only a celebration of HR success, but also a chance to highlight HR best practice and the impact on business success.”
KEY DATES: HR Excellence Awards 2015/16
Submission of applications
December 4, 2015 (Applications close at 6pm)
February to March 2016
Awards presentation ceremony and gala dinner
Enquiry and applications
t: 2837 3823
This article appeared in the Classified Post print edition as Simply the best.