The 2017 MHR Impact Awards took place last night recognising leading businesses and HR professionals who have achieved outstanding results through effective talent management, business analytics, HR and payroll projects - helping to meet the demands of today’s workplace.
Hosted by popular stand-up comedian and 2016 Finalist of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, Joel Dommett, the awards attracted over 300 people from across the UK.
Winners across the six award categories included; Edinburgh Napier University for Greatest Organisational Impact from HR Solutions, Hyde Group for Best Implementation Project, Admiral Group PLC for Outstanding Payroll, HR or Project Team and Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, for New Customer Project of the Year. The awards also saw Andrew Cartwright of Chelmsford City Council pick up the award for Most Innovative HR Professional for his commitment and dedication to the success of the Council’s ongoing digital HR transformation via iTrent.
The Impact Awards brought the curtain down on the eighth MHR Customer Association (MCA) Conference, which this year centred on the theme of the ‘HR Revolution’, exploring the future of HR as emerging technologies and disruptive innovations continue to transform the modern workplace, as we know it.
MHR’s Chief Executive Officer, Anton Roe, comments: “The rise of technologies, including Artificial Intelligence and bots, data analytics and social media are having a profound impact on the way we work, collaborate and communicate, creating new challenges which HR departments must be ready to confront. It also presents an exciting opportunity for HR and payroll professionals to engage with employees, demonstrate their value and lead from the front.
“The annual MHR Impact Awards provides a unique platform for organisations to come together to showcase their success over the past 12 months and discover how their peers are responding positively to the evolving work environment using technology as a driver.
“I would like to pass on my congratulations to the winners who demonstrated how significant business value and return on investment can be achieved by adopting a strategic approach to HR and payroll.”
Commenting on the quality of the 2017 entries, Impact Award Judge Samantha Mann, the CIPP’s Senior Policy and Research Officer says: “The standard of the Impact Award entries gets better every year, and illustrates what can be achieved when organisations place their people, HR processes and systems at the heart of their strategy.
“This year’s winners showed how, through strong leadership and team work, excellent communication and clever use of data analytics, organisations can create a workforce fit for the future, improve decision making and drive overall performance.”
MCA’s Chairman Robin Donald from Leeds Beckett University concluded: “The success of the MCA Conference and Impact Awards is built on the principle of sharing best practice, allowing our customers to keep pace with the evolving workplace. We thank everyone who attended and look forward to hearing more success stories next year.”
This year’s MHR Impact Awards were judged by: Helen Fish, Group Chief Executive at Executive Grapevine Magazine; Mike Nicholas, Editor at Professional in Payroll, Pensions and Reward magazine; Hazel Williams, Senior Lecturer in Human Resources at Nottingham Trent University; and Samantha Mann, Senior Policy and Research Officer at the CIPP.
The full list of the 2017 winners:
Greatest Organisational Impact from HR solutions
Winner - Edinburgh Napier University
Highly Commended – Pobl Group
Best Talent Management Initiative
Highly Commended - Leeds Trinity University
Best Implementation Project
Winner - Hyde Group
Highly Commended – Pobl Group
Highly Commended – Gateshead Council
New Customer Project of the Year
Winner - Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service
Highly Commended - Pension Protection Fund
Outstanding Payroll, HR or Project Team
Winner - Admiral Group PLC
Highly Commended - Torus
Most Innovative HR/Payroll Professional
Winner - Andrew Cartwright, Chelmsford City Council
Highly Commended – Emily Saunders, Pobl Group