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Why enter the CIPD People Management Awards 2020?

23 Jan 2020 By PM Editorial

As this year’s awards open for business, 2019’s champions reflect on the impact winning has had on their organisations

The CIPD People Management Awards are back and more prestigious and glittery than ever. The 2020 awards have just launched, so now is the perfect time to get your submission together.

Entering is a great chance to reflect on everything your people team has achieved, gain recognition as a great employer and connect with other innovative and like-minded professionals. 

But don’t take it from us. Here are eight reasons to enter, directly from those crowned victorious in 2019....

Boost team morale

“A look at the research around high-performing teams shows that taking time out to review performance and celebrate success is absolutely key to effectiveness. So we decided to follow our own advice… Being involved in the awards has been a truly energising experience and a real morale boost to our team.”

Geraldine Cunningham, associate director of culture change at Barts Health NHS Trust – winner of best coaching and mentoring initiative

Reflect on your work 

“When we looked back, we were shocked at how much we’d actually delivered and how much the culture had changed. You don’t always get the chance to be reflective, so it was great to share our submission and presentation with staff who were part of the journey.”  

Kimberley Brown, marketing copywriter at OneFile – winner of best SME team management initiative

Keep the momentum going

“Now we are classed as an award-winning team, we really feel we need to keep pushing ourselves to maintain and raise our standards. The award has really energised the HR team but also employees and managers across our business… We have seen and felt so much pride in what we achieved.”  

Hannah Gleave, head of HR at Ports of Jersey – winner of best reward or recognition initiative

Network and connect with peers

“Winning the award has been great for the business… We’ve also gained connections in the learning and development world and are looking forward to meeting some of them at the CIPD conference in November, so watch this space.” 

Kimberley Brown, marketing copywriter at OneFile – winner of best SME team management initiative

Boost your credibility

“Sometimes it’s hard to articulate how achievements in L&D have contributed to the overall success of the business. This process led to us conducting an in-depth analysis to evaluate the impact, which was revealing and greatly encouraging. We are now able to explain very clearly the incredible effects of the L&D and culture revolution that’s taken place in our business.” 

Antony Smith, head of culture and development at Brighterkind – winner of HR/L&D team of the year

Attract top talent 

“[Winning] has helped us develop as an employer of choice and promote our employee value proposition... Internally it showed our staff and managers that we are investing in innovative approaches to filling our vacancies that will directly impact on our productivity. Externally it demonstrated that we are leaders in our approaches to resourcing.”

Helen Starkey, head of strategic HR at the Crown Prosecution Service – winner of best resourcing initiative 

Become a minor celebrity 

“My personal LinkedIn post regarding the event received 20,000 views and I have received hundreds of messages of support from past and new connections.”

Aimee Hull, talent acquisition expert at Coca-Cola – winner of Michael Kelly outstanding student award – advanced level

Drum up some new business

“We have ambitious plans for growth over the coming months and years. Winning the award supports these and gives us added momentum and credibility. We’re already seeing our client base grow, more expressions of interest in our work and lots of new sign-ups to our newsletter.” 

Graham Atkinson, director of Atkinson HR Consulting – winner of best HR/L&D consultancy


For more information on the categories and to download an entry pack, visit cipdpmas.co.uk. Entries close on 30 April, with the early-bird deadline on 26 March

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