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This category is for companies with 2,500 or more employees that have undertaken a substantial initiative which has had a demonstrable impact on their Business Culture. Judges will be seeking to understand all steps of the project including planning, implementation, measurement, outcome, and next steps. They will assess how these organisations have advanced their workplace culture, and what the business benefits of this have been. Entrants should include achievements in areas including strategic alignment, leadership development, stakeholder engagement, improving communication, and advancing innovation. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, submissions should fully outline the transformation journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award is open to companies with 251 – 2500 employees that have undertaken a substantial initiative which has had a demonstrable impact on their Business Culture. Judges will be seeking to understand all steps of the project including planning, implementation, measurement, outcome, and next steps. They will assess how these organisations have advanced their workplace culture, and what the business benefits of this have been. Entrants should include achievements in areas including strategic alignment, leadership development, stakeholder engagement, improving communication, and advancing innovation. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, submissions should fully outline the transformation journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award is open to companies with 1 – 250 employees that have undertaken a substantial initiative which has had a demonstrable impact on their Business Culture. Judges will be seeking to understand all steps of the project including planning, implementation, measurement, outcome, and next steps. They will assess how these organisations have advanced their workplace culture, and what the business benefits of this have been. Entrants should include achievements in areas including strategic alignment, leadership development, stakeholder engagement, improving communication, and advancing innovation. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, submissions should fully outline the transformation journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award is open to Not-for-Profit or Public Sector organisations of any size that have undertaken a substantial initiative which has had a demonstrable impact on their Business Culture. Judges will be seeking to understand all steps of the project including planning, implementation, measurement, outcome, and next steps. They will assess how these organisations have advanced their workplace culture, and what the business benefits of this have been. Entrants should include achievements in areas including strategic alignment, leadership development, stakeholder engagement, improving communication, and advancing innovation. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, submissions should fully outline the transformation journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
NB. This covers publically-funded organisations including Government departments, NHS organisations, and local authorities.
This award is open to organisations that have achieved a transformation or turnaround in their Business Culture and can demonstrate outstanding results. Entrants will show how their organisations have transformed culturally, the reasons for this transformation, and the positive impact this has had on the business. Judges will be looking for how these organisations have enacted the change, and how and why the transformed culture has advanced the confidence of stakeholders. This may include achievements in strategic (re)alignment, stakeholder management, organisational design, and development, change management, and process modification, and how these aspects relate to culture. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, submissions should fully outline the transformation journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award is open to multi-national organisations and organisations with considerable reach outside the UK that have undertaken an international Business Culture initiative with outstanding results. Entrants will show how their organisation has acted across geographical boundaries at a cultural level, not a procedural one, and what business benefits have arisen as a result. The judges will be looking for achievements in the areas of leadership, communication, innovation, strategic alignment, stakeholder engagement, and learning, for example, but with focus on delivering success through a business culture that transcends borders. Submissions should clearly outline all project steps including planning, implementation, measurement, results and what the next stage will be. NB. Any submission for this Award must be substantively different if the organisation has also made a UK submission.
A drive for innovation is central to how an organisation performs in the marketplace and how engaged employees and other stakeholders feel in making a difference to its success. This award will be given to an organisation that has put effective and inspirational innovation at its heart, with outstanding results. Entrants show how their organisations have progressed innovation at a cultural level, not a procedural one. Judges will be looking to understand how the focus on innovation has been enacted, and how this has inspired stakeholders. As well as describing how the culture of the business has changed, submissions should also fully outline the transformation journey itself, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
In this category, we’ll be looking for professionals who have created or advanced an exceptional Business Culture, and have demonstrated both passion and commitment to creating the type of workplace which has the confidence of staff and other stakeholders. Judges will be looking for evidence of business culture impact, and how this individual in particular contributed. They will need to understand the person’s approach and values, and the reasons why they have been so influential. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, and the individual’s role in this transformation, submissions should also fully outline the transformation journey itself, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
Effective learning has the capacity to inspire individuals to do their best work and can have a transformative effect on the organisation as a whole. Entrants in this category will be able to show how their organisations have progressed learning at a cultural level, not a procedural one, and the business benefits that have arisen as a direct result. Judges will be looking to understand how this focus on learning has been enacted, resulting in a reinvigorated organisational culture that has the renewed confidence of employees and other stakeholders. As well as describing how the culture of the business has changed, submissions should also fully outline the transformation journey itself, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
In this category, we’ll be looking for organisations who have put diversity and inclusion at the heart of their Business Culture with outstanding results. Submissions will show how diversity and inclusion have been progressed at a cultural level, rather than a procedural one. Judges will be looking to understand how this focus on diversity and inclusion has been enacted, and how it has resulted in a reinvigorated organisational culture that has the renewed confidence of employees and other stakeholders. As well as describing how the culture of the business has changed, submissions should also fully outline the transformation journey itself, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
Technology has the capacity to transform how things get done day-to-day in businesses large and small. This award is open to organisations who can demonstrate a people-first approach to using technology effectively, rather than a technology-first approach. The judges will be keen to grasp how organisations have enacted this focus on technology; what the cultural impact has been; and how this has enhanced the confidence of stakeholders. Entrants will show how their organisations have progressed technology at a cultural level, not an operational one, and what business benefits have arisen as a result. As well as describing how the culture of the business has changed, submissions should also fully outline the transformation journey itself, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
The partnership of consultancies and practitioners can yield transformative results, and this award recognises the contribution of consultancies to Business Culture change initiatives. It will be presented to a consultancy that has enabled outstanding results in Business Culture work on a major client project or selection of projects. Entrants will show how they have worked hand-in-hand with their clients to deliver projects with a maximum cultural, rather than solely operational, impact. Judges will be looking for client testimonials, key metrics and why the consultancy is said to have excelled in their work. They will assess a minimum of one and a maximum of 4 client projects per submission, and consider evidence of solution appropriateness, innovation, business impact, and client satisfaction. The consultancy must have their client(s) permission to enter. As well as describing how organisational culture has changed, and the reasons for this transformation, entrants should clearly demonstrate the initiative’s journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award will be presented to an organisation that has deployed an innovative and effective strategy to maximise the talent opportunity offered by the next generation of their workforce. They will demonstrate that putting the recruitment and development of this segment of their workforce at the heart of Business Culture has yielded exceptional results. Entries may focus on internships and traineeships; graduate schemes; apprenticeship programs; internal development of future leaders; and external engagement with young people on sector-specific skills and interest. Judges will be looking to understand how these next generation engagement / attraction / selection / development processes develop business culture, and who, from across the organisation, is involved. They assess how next generation talent progresses and develops; and how these initiatives have positively impacted on the organisation. Entrants may provide testimonials, as well as key metrics outlining the success of the approach. As well as describing how the culture of the business has changed, submissions should also fully outline the transformation journey itself, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
Corporate Social Responsibility has the power to capture the hearts and minds of employees and other stakeholders, by giving even greater meaning and purpose to their efforts. This category is open to companies who have put CSR at the heart of their Business Culture and seen outstanding results. The judges are keen to grasp how organisations have enacted this focus on corporate social responsibility, and how this has had a direct and positive impact on culture. Entries will cover how organisations have progressed corporate social responsibility at a cultural, rather than a procedural, level, and the business benefits that have arisen from this. As well as describing how the culture of the business has changed, submissions should also fully outline the transformation journey itself, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award has been created to recognise individuals who, although not in senior leadership positions, are role models for their work in influencing, championing, and shaping exceptional Business Culture. The person could have contributed to this in a number of ways. They may be responsible for setting and driving the Business Culture approach for the organisation, or for a particular area within it. Alternatively, it may be an individual who has enabled important areas of project implementation. This person will have set a clear example to others, through their passion and commitment for creating a better workplace. Judges will be looking to understand how this person has led success; for insight into the individual’s values and approach, including reasons why they have been so influential; and they will assess measurable examples of their action and achievements. As well as describing how the culture of the business has changed, submissions should also fully outline the transformation journey itself, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This category is designed to recognise the power of teams in championing and influencing outstanding Business Culture. Their achievement will have been defining because of their passion and commitment to creating a unique workplace that has the confidence of its stakeholders. Judges will be looking for examples of innovative approaches to addressing organisational culture. This could include evidence of effective working across boundaries; a quantifiable contribution to organisational achievements; underpinning project work; operational excellence in execution; and measurement of the direct benefits of these aspects. Submissions will include insight into the team’s values and approach, with the reasons why they have been so influential. As well as describing how the culture of the business has changed, submissions should also fully outline the transformation journey itself, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
Recognition will be given to the organisation that the Judges assess as having delivered the most exceptional Business Culture initiative overall. The Business Culture Gold Award is open to category winners only, and cannot be entered separately. It will be presented to the category winner who has shown the broadest deployment of their initiative; and most comprehensible approach in their methods, when examined both quantitatively and qualitatively. The Judges will be looking for the highest standards in stakeholder engagement, innovation, strategic alignment, leadership, communication, learning and more. Each category winner will be assessed according to all aspects of project planning, implementation, measurement, outcome, and next steps.