The Award Categories

There are 16 award categories to enter. We must stress that we welcome entries from companies of all shapes and sizes. We are looking for how you made the experience better and how you positively impacted your staff – whether that was for 10 or 10,000 employees.

Employee Engagement can mean different things to different businesses depending on the challenges you’re faced with. You could have positively impacted your staff through a well-being or recognition programme. Your business could have introduced a new diversity or innovation strategy that positively changed the employee experience for the better.

The winning business will provide evidence that they’ve utilised multiple opportunities for employees to engage with their company and become more fulfilled in their work. Judges will be looking for varied engagement methods and the metrics used to measure the return on investment.

Two categories are free to enter – First Step and Professional of the Year! Don’t miss out on your chance to be recognised for great engagement work!

Dates

Entries open: 17 February, 2020

Entries close: 7 May, 2020

Finalists announced: June 2020

Awards and Conference: 4 August, 2020

The First-Step Engagement Award - free to enter

Professional of the Year Award - free to enter

Employee Engagement Small or Enterprise Company of the Year Award

Employee Engagement Corporate Programme of the Year Award (50+ employees)

The First-Step Engagement Award - free to enter

Whether you’re in a fast growing company or long-established business, all leaders need to stop awhile and reflect on how the needs of their employees are changing over time. If you’ve grown exponentially, changed your business model, and had to cut back, moved to AI and had to re-skill, or found your sales force needing new motivation, you’ll have taken a ‘FIRST STEP’ in testing out what kind of employee engagement might work in your current situation.

 

This Award recognises the often tentative, initial steps we’ve all taken towards making our workplaces more effective for our employees.

 

It’s an open criteria entry: Just write up the story of your intervention, add in some staff feedback and any accompanying documents, photos, or video, and mostly reflect on what you’re learning through taking this first step – all of which will be considered by our independent panel of judges.

 

You’d be surprised at some of the very small projects that large companies are trying out – from a STAFF AWAY-DAY, to EMPLOYEE LIFE-CHANGE AWARDS, to a Company Choir Project….no project is too small or too new to enter!

Professional of the Year Award - free to enter

Designed to recognise the professional that has driven a successful Employee Engagement programme within the business. Entries must clearly demonstrate measurable outcomes of the engagement programme and how they, personally, were the driving force behind it. Entries from professionals working in companies of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

Employee Engagement Small or Enterprise Company of the Year Award

This award will be presented to an SMME sized company (those employing 15-49 people) which has undertaken a project to drive employee engagement in the organisation. All projects, whether around well-being, internal communications, technology, training or reward, can be entered. Judges would like to see information around the full project life cycle including planning, implementation, measurement, and reflection.

Employee Engagement Corporate Programme of the Year Award (50+ employees)

This category is designed to include companies who have experience in engagement initiatives and who want to showcase a successful initiative. Designed to feature a project across the company or in Africa Business Units of multi-national companies. All projects, whether around well-being, internal communications, technology, training or reward, can be entered. Judges would like to see information around the full project life cycle including planning, implementation, measurement and reflection.

Employee Engagement Non-Profit of the Year Award

Employee Engagement Public Sector Organisation/Company of the Year Award

Customer & Employee Experience Award

Innovation in Engagement Award

Employee Engagement Non-Profit of the Year Award

This award will be presented to a not-for-profit or charitable organisation that has undertaken a project that has driven employee engagement in the organisation. All projects, whether around well-being, internal communications, technology or reward, can be entered.

Employee Engagement Public Sector Organisation/Company of the Year Award

This award will be presented to a public sector operation that has undertaken a project that has driven employee engagement in the organisation. All projects, whether around well-being, internal communications, technology or reward, can be entered. Judges would like to see information around the full project life cycle including planning, implementation, measurement and reflection.

Customer & Employee Experience Award

The single biggest influence on the customer experience is that of your employees. By driving and improving the employee experience an organisation can transform its CX and overall business performance compared to its competitors. This category is dedicated to those that by improving the EX have delivered CX and real business impact.

Innovation in Engagement Award

In a rapidly changing world of work, to engage employees consistently requires creativity and adaptability. This category will celebrate those who are breaking from the pack and creating innovative new ways to drive employee engagement.

Culture and Purpose Award

Learnerships and Skills Development Award

Diversity & Inclusion Award

Employee Reward & Recognition Award

Culture and Purpose Award

The creation of a company culture is essential but far from easy. It’s more than a vision than the collective can unite behind and give purpose to their employment. How has your company created an engaging culture that brings staff together, improved their experience and the company’s performance as a result?

Learnerships and Skills Development Award

Skills development is the foundation of maximising Africa’s potential. This award recognises the company which is going beyond the scorecard with support for learnerships or apprentice programmes in the workplace. Registered programmes which have significantly impacted employees’ skills or development opportunities which include mentoring, would score highly in the judging. You can upload photos or other evidence from beneficiaries to show how your approach makes a difference to employees.

Diversity & Inclusion Award

This award recognises an organisation that can clearly demonstrate that it actively executed a strategy that put diversity and inclusion at the heart of its business.

Employee Reward & Recognition Award

Reward & recognition via Employee Benefits are important parts of any business but we want to see companies that are extracting additional value. This award will go to a company that ties their reward & recognition strategy to business objectives and engages employees beyond simple transactional elements such as salary or private medical insurance.

Employee Well-being Award

Internal Communications/Employer Brand Award

Social Responsibility/Sustainability for Environment Award

Employee Engagement Consultancy/Vendor of the Year Award

Employee Well-being Award

This award will be presented to an organization that uses wellbeing initiatives to better engage staff with the organization’s goals and future, improve day-to-day productivity and create a better working environment for all. Judges would like to see evidence of how the organization has encouraged staff uptake of wellbeing initiatives.

Internal Communications/Employer Brand Award

Open, transparent, two-way communication channels are important if employees are to feel engaged. This award recognises companies that are championing internal communications as a strategy to improve employee engagement instead of just a method of disseminating information. Judges would like to see information that shows a coherent strategy around either Employer Brand or Internal communications and the thinking behind the approach.

Social Responsibility/Sustainability for Environment Award

Employees continue to want their work and their company to contribute to more than just profit. This award will recognise a project dedicated to engaging employees through a social responsibility initiative or program around natural resources or environment of a community. The judges would like to see evidence of the impact the project has had on both the workforce and also the wider social
contribution it has made.

Employee Engagement Consultancy/Vendor of the Year Award

This award focuses on the efforts and achievements of consultancies that aim to bring employee engagement into the forefront of a business. Consultancies that have delivered their expert skills to the benefit of their clients and customers by improving the employee experience and provide compelling evidence will get the judges excited. The winning company will also be able to show how their own internal practice reflects what they offer clients.

Outstanding Employee Engagement Company of 2020

Outstanding Employee Engagement Company of 2020

The finalists in this category are taken from judges’ recommendations only, drawing on the best case studies entered in all the other categories. We will notify you if your entry is shortlisted for consideration in this category – the best overall engagement project from the 2020 finalists!