SHRM Calls for Entries for HR Awards

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Alexandria, Va. — March 25
The world’s largest association devoted to human resource management is accepting nominations for its annual Human Capital Leadership Awards, one of the most prestigious honors in the HR profession. Now in its third year, the awards program, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), recognizes HR leaders and departments for excellence in developing innovative and strategic business solutions.

The awards are the highest recognition given by SHRM to human resources practitioners. Nominations are accepted online. “Innovative leadership in human capital is critical to any organization’s success,” said Susan R. Meisinger, president and CEO of SHRM. “These awards not only recognize the best examples of leadership, but also provide valuable insights into HR-driven business solutions that create real bottom-line results.”

The SHRM Human Capital Leadership Awards recognize excellence in four categories. Three awards honor exemplary HR departments for Innovative Business Solutions, Competitive Workforce initiatives and Strategic HR Leadership. The fourth award, the Human Capital Business Leader of the Year Award, honors a senior HR leader. One winner and two finalists are selected in each category.

Past winners include IBM, The Coca-Cola Co., Leviton Manufacturing Co., Kimberly-Clark Co. and the U.S. Army, Europe.

“Awards winners are demonstrating how HR professionals can be true strategic business partners and catalysts for change,” said Meisinger. “Creating new ways of learning, leading, working and winning are what the SHRM Leadership Awards recognize.”

Following are the criteria for each of the four awards:

  • The Strategic HR Leadership Award goes to the human resources department that plays a leadership role in driving an organization’s performance and reputation through the application of technology and business knowledge, and the ability to attract and retain a highly motivated and qualified workforce.
  • The Innovative Business Solution Award is presented to the HR department that successfully develops an innovative and progressive solution to a new or ongoing organizational challenge, such as workforce demographic changes, rising health care costs or training programs for a geographically dispersed employee base.
  • The Competitive Workforce Award is awarded to the department that successfully responds to key workforce trends in a changing economic climate. Examples include: creating effective school-to-work partnerships, leveraging the expertise of retirees, instituting flexible work schedules and training programs and applying innovative recruitment practices.
  • The Human Capital Business Leader of the Year Award honors a senior HR professional who develops and implements strategies with direct bottom-line impact and advances the strategic role of HR in the organization.

Companies and/or individuals may submit nominations for the Human Capital Leadership Awards, and the competition is open to SHRM members and nonmembers alike. There are no entry fees and an online application system makes it easy to apply. The deadline for nominations is May 30.

Winners and finalists will be honored at a special event at SHRM’s Strategy Conference, Sept. 24-26 in Palm Springs, Calif. Winners will be profiled in the November 2008 issue of HR Magazine, on the SHRM Web site, and in research as examples of “best practices.” 

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