2018 Award Categories

The HRM Awards 2018 are open to all Singapore-based employers from the private and public sectors - including all MNCs, local companies, government agencies and SMEs etc*.

The criteria that applicants and the ultimate finalists will be evaluated upon vary according to each award category. Below you will find a synopsis of each award and its main evaluation criteria.

*HR service providers are requested to 'Support Great HR' via nomination proposals for third party companies, including clients/potential clients and to kindly refrain from self-nomination entries. The HR division of an HR service provider may take part as long as the category is not in line with what the organisation does as a 'business' (ie: The HR department of a training company cannot nominate for 'Best Training, Learning & Development' category).

Best Work-Life Balance (>500 Employees)
Best Work-Life Balance (<500 Employees)**
Best Health & Wellbeing
Best Training, Learning & Development
Best Leadership Development
Best Diversity & Inclusion Strategies
SIM Award for Best Talent Management Practices (>500 employees)
SIM Award for Best Talent Management Practices (<500 employees)**
Best Workplace Culture & Engagement (>500 Employees)
Best Workplace Culture & Engagement (<500 Employees)**
Best Change Management Strategies
Best Next-Gen Opportunities & Development
HR Rising Star of The Year
HR Manager of the Year
Best HR Leader
Best C-Suite Leader
Outstanding Contribution to HR
HR Team of the Year
SME Employer of the Year
Hays Award for Employer of Choice


** The <500 employees categories are primarily reserved for Singapore-based small and medium sized enterprises which do not have MNC practices and processes.

Best Work-Life Balance (>500 employees) & (<500 employees)
•  Availability and execution of flexible work options/arrangements
•  Types of leave benefits, employee support schemes and/or services
•  Availability of health and recreation facilities for employees
•  Effectiveness of programmes
•  Maternity/Paternity programmes
•  Management's support towards flexi-work and strategies
•  Number of employees on the schemes and percentage against total size of company
•  Staff turnover rate
•  Innovation
•  Corporate ROI


Best Health & Wellbeing
•  Commitment to employee health & wellbeing
•  Awareness policies and programmes for employee health & wellbeing
•  Future health & wellness programmes
•  Number of employees on the schemes and percentage against total size of company
•  Effectiveness of the programmes
•  Management support and participation
•  Impact on employee productivity & retention
•  Staff turnover rate


Best Training, Learning & Development  
•  Alignment of training to organisational goals and future talent needs
•  Defined training and development policies and programmes
•  Assessment, evaluation and feedback systems
•  Alignment of training with career development planning strategies and policies
•  Impact of training on retention rates
•  Types & variety of courses offered to employees
•  Training budgets and hours
•  Resources allocated towards training, learning and development; manpower, systems, technology etc.
•  ROI


Best Leadership Development
•  History of promoting leaders from within the organisation
•  Leadership development programmes including coaching, training and executive development
•  Effective succession planning
•  Mentoring from existing leaders
•  Future needs analysis
•  Career planning initiatives
•  Performance management
•  Selection methods
•  Leadership assessment, evaluation and feedback systems


Best Diversity & Inclusion Strategies  
•  Pro-active efforts made to recruit diverse workforce
•  Non-discriminatory recruitment practices
•  Policies and practices in place to ensure that other HR and employment processes (e.g. promotions, grievances, etc.) are fair and non-discriminatory
•  Management training on diversity issues and inclusion solutions
•  Effective internal communications of all fair employment practices and diversity initiatives
•  Sustainable alignment of fair employment/diversity practices to business objectives
•  Effectiveness of supporting structures (framework) for diverse groups within the organisation
•  Level of CEO and senior management commitment
•  Ongoing evaluation and reviews to ensure initiatives continue and are effective


SIM Award for Best Talent Management Practices (>500 employees) & (<500 employees)
•  Recruitment and identification of HiPo individuals
•  Effective on-boarding or integration processes
•  Training and development to align organisational needs with employee ambitions
•  Performance appraisal and resulting productivity
•  Career planning
•  Effective succession planning and management
•  Relation of performance to compensation and benefits/rewards and recognition
•  Employee engagement and retention


Best Workplace Culture & Engagement (>500 employees) & (<500 employees)
This award recognises the character and personality of your organization - what makes it unique in terms of its’ values, traditions, beliefs and how the company has leveraged on this to create employee engagement.
•  Values, beliefs and attitudes and how they are ingrained in your organisation’s DNA.
•  Unique traditions and rituals and how these are carried out on a regular or long term basis
•  Types & variety of programmes and activities also used for employee engagement
•  Innovative / new engagement strategies implemented within the last year
•  Employee engagement surveys undertaken
•  Impact of employee engagement on retention rates
•  Balance between employee morale and engagement
•  ROI


Best Change Management Strategies
This award recognises an organisation that has improved business performance by implementing an effective change strategy. The organisation will need to demonstrate that the strategy has resulted in a clear transition and improvements to the business.
•  Needs identification process
•  The link between the need for change management and the broader business strategy
•  Communication in properly informing employees of the change process
•  Balance of the of day-to-day operations with the delivery of change
•  HR’s overall involvement in this undertaking
•  Measurement of ROI and overall impact on the business


Best Next-Gen Opportunities & Development
This award recognises employment and experience opportunities for young people and graduates within the organisation.
•  Effective graduate / intern / trainee recruitment practices
•  Innovative initiatives that increase employment or experience opportunities for graduate / interns / trainees
•  Alignment of training to organisational goals and future talent needs
•  Graduate programmes, internships, apprenticeships, work experience placements
•  Assessment, evaluation and feedback systems
•  Career development programmes and feedback
•  Impact of training on graduate retention rates
•  Training and development budgets and company funded hours
•  Coaching and mentoring programmes


HR Rising Star of the Year (working in HR for less than 3 years)
•  Contributions towards achieving organisational goals
•  Knowledge of HR practices and business issues
•  Initiative demonstrated in contributing to rolling out specific plans and strategies
•  Openness to change and innovation
•  Grasp of aligning business interests of the organisation to its workforce needs


HR Manager of the Year
•  Contribution and implementation of specific HR initiatives
•  Business sensitivity and savviness
•  Supportive of change and innovation
•  Ability to implement organisational improvement initiatives
•  Ability to align the business interests of the organisation to workforces needs
•  Knowledge of HR practices and business issues


Best HR Leader
•  Ability to lead and create an environment that focuses all employees on the organisation’s priorities, directives and their expected place in the process
•  Strategic thinking and planning attributes
•  Contribution and implementation of specific HR initiatives
•  Business sensitivity and savviness
•  Communication effectiveness
•  Champion of change and innovation
•  Leader in organisational improvement


Best C-Suite Leader
This award recognises a C-level executive (CEO, MD, CFO, COO, CIO, President, etc.) who embraces and champions HR via:
•  A demonstrated track record in supporting HR and driving, from the top, agreed HR strategies and initiatives
•  Ability to lead and create an environment that focuses HR and all employees on the organisation's priorities, directives and their expected place in the process
•  Contribution and implementation to specific HR initiatives including talent development and retention strategies
•  Business related HR sensitivity and savviness
•  Communication effectiveness with and towards employees
•  Innovation within other HR disciplines and areas
•  Champion of change


Outstanding Contribution to HR
This award celebrates a leading HR figure who has contributed much to the HR industry throughout their career. We are looking for an individual who has helped to develop, grow and champion the HR profession, who also possesses exemplary knowledge and experience in practicing HR within the organisations they have worked.


HR Team of the Year
•  Retention rate within the team
•  Team morale and engagement
•  Team Productivity
•  Team contribution and implementation of specific HR initiatives
•  Team effectiveness in delivering cost effective HR administration services
•  Ability to improve bottom line profits and employee productivity


SME Employer of the Year
(Annual sales turnover of no more than $100 million OR employing no more than 200 workers)
•  Management's commitment to human capital
•  Communications within the company
•  Above average staff retention rates and innovative strategies
•  Brand alignment and visibility
•  Talent management initiatives
•  Training, learning and development policies and practices
•  Work life balance initiatives
•  Health and safety practices and procedures
•  Compensation and benefits and rewards & recognition
•  Recruitment procedures
•  Workplace harmony and physical environment
•  Overall corporate culture
•  Non-discriminatory / fair employment practices
•  Innovation
•  Corporate Social Responsibility practices
•  Performance management


Hays Award for Employer of Choice
•  Management's commitment to human capital
•  Communications within the company
•  Brand alignment and visibility
•  Above average staff retention rates and innovative strategies
•  Talent management initiatives
•  Mentoring and succession planning
•  Training, learning and development policies and practices
•  Work life balance initiatives
•  Health and safety practices and procedures
•  Compensation and benefits and rewards & recognition
•  Recruitment procedures
•  Workplace harmony and physical environment
•  Overall corporate culture
•  Non-discriminatory practices
•  Innovation
•  Corporate Social Responsibility practices
•  Performance management

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