RHP scoops top prize at the 2015 CIPD People Management Awards

The winners of the 2015 CIPD People Management Awards were announced last night, at a glittering awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, hosted by radio and television broadcaster Sandi Toksvig. Delivered by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, in partnership with People Management Magazine, the awards are the most prestigious in the industry, recognising outstanding and innovative achievements in people management and development.

The awards are divided into eighteen categories and were open to all types of organisation, regardless of size or sector. This year saw another record number of entries, highlighting the clear contribution that HR professionals make in building sustainable and successful organisations.

RHP, the local housing company, were crowned overall winners for their campaign ‘iamrhp’. The campaign committed to raising the bar in RHP’s staff engagement, aligning behaviours around core values and outcomes, not just in terms of better service for its customers (tenants and homeowners), but also to form the fulcrum around which the organisation would become more attractive to investors. One of the outcomes of the campaign has been RHP’s improved customer satisfaction scores for 2014-15 at 97%, up from 88% in 2010, demonstrating real business value.

Commenting on the awards, Peter Cheese, Chief Executive at the CIPD, said: “2015 has been another fantastic year for showcasing how organisations of all kinds are developing more diverse and innovative approaches to people management and development that are creating lasting business impact and value. We’ve seen some great examples in the entries for this year’s awards, and it's encouraging to see how HR teams are responding to the changing demands and challenges we are all facing.“All our winners should be very proud of what they have achieved and their much deserved recognition across a wide range of categories. As the overall winner, RHP’s cultural change initiative showed a real focus on key issues such as improving workplace agility, and employee skills and behaviours, with a clear understanding of how they can drive business outcomes and success. We congratulate them and all of our other winners.”

Mike Beesley from headline sponsors Resource Management, said: “The UK has one of the most diverse and interesting people industries in the world and this was excellently demonstrated by the talent and quality across all categories at the PMAs this year. Having a front row seat on both the judging process and in the final run up was an exciting and insightful process - we offer our full congratulations to those who left the Grosvenor with an award. Well done to everyone at the CIPD also for putting on such a fantastic evening that truly recognised and celebrated the industry and its many achievements."

In addition to the overall winner, awards were given to winners from each category, chosen by an expert panel of judges: 

Specialist categories:- 

Best change management initiative – Bourne Leisure 

Best diversity and inclusion initiative – Northern Rail 

Best employee engagement initiative – RHP

Best employee relations initiative – Vaultex 

Best health and wellbeing initiative – NATS 

Best HR / L&D consultancy – Achieve Breakthrough 

Best HR / L&D supplier – MSB Consultancy Best learning and development initiative – ABB 

Best recruitment and talent management initiative – Virgin Money 

Best reward and benefits initiative – Ovo Energy 

Best use of technology – Pizza Hut Restaurants 

Best youth employment initiative – Chelmsford City Council   

People categories:- 

HR / L&D professional of the year – Sarah Richard, Jaguar Land Rover 

Michael Kelly Outstanding Student Award (advanced level) – Alexander Taylor, Harrison Catering Services 

Michael Kelly Outstanding Student Award (intermediate and foundation level) – Alice Rees, Warwickshire County Council   

Team categories:- 

HR / L&D team of the year (organisation of 250+ employees) – Bord Gais Energy 

HR / L&D team of the year (public sector) – Department for Work and Pensions 

HR / L&D team of the year (third sector/social enterprise) – Islamic Relief Worldwide

The headline sponsor for this year’s Awards was Resource Management and category sponsors included Cascade, CIPHR, Hays Human Resources, MOL, Power2motivate, and Simplyhealth. For more information on this year’s winners, visit: www.cipdpmas.co.uk


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