If you are a business or organisation that demonstrates values and respects your employees by supporting and delivering well thought out and successful workplace schemes, then you are eligible to enter this award.
The award focuses on individual programmes and practices developed to enhance employee well-being within and out of the workplace. The programme or project can for example: promote employee activities which supports the needs of others: promote environmental sustainability and/or encourage a healthy work life balance. Judges will review volunteer schemes, staff energy efficiency projects, more sustainable travel choices, improve the environmental efficiency of facilities management and/or payroll giving. Programmes will have been primarily delivered during 2014-17 and can focus on one or more of these key areas.
Judges will be rewarding businesses that have implemented innovative workplace schemes that care for and protect employees, enhance the work environment for staff at all levels and recognise employees as valued contributors to the organisation. They will also consider innovative and engaging programmes to motivate staff in following their employer’s core values by the way of staff involvement and eco-friendly work schemes.
In judging this award the panel will specifically be looking for evidence of: the degree of innovation shown by the entrant in developing, delivering and engaging employees in the programme(s); how the organisation raised awareness to promote the offerings; and the extent to which the entry is part of an integrated scheme to improve employee relations. There is no specific time frame for this award, however judges will be looking for evidence of significant development for legacy initiatives.
Judges will be looking for evidence of the following points within the supplied application form (weighting percentages in brackets):
- How the project was scoped and developed to set new standards for innovation and creativity; improving the working conditions and delivering work-life balance; (20%)
- Where measurable, how the scheme has impacted on the business whether in terms of staff health; staff well-being; environmental improvements to the working environment or any other benefits measured. (20%)
- Awareness raising of the project to promote the scheme within the organisation and its engagement with staff, including the support from senior management; (15%)
- The measurement of diversity and engagement: whether the schemes positively reached a broad range of employees from junior level to executives, and how the scheme fostered interaction and promoted empowerment on a long-term basis; (30%)
- Evidence of the scheme to be part of a wider organisational effort to improve employee value by providing a healthier more sustainable, connected and giving workplace. (15%)