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Entry Guide
2024/25 Entry Guide
Award Categories
Awards Categories 2024/25

Winners of each category will be honoured with one of the below awards based on the decisions of the Associate Assessor and the Judging Panel.

  • Excellent Award (金獎)

  • Elite Award (銀獎)

  • Merit Award (銅獎)

  • Good Practice (良好實踐)

  • Professional Practice (Only for Organisational Category Grand Awards) (專業實踐)

Grand Award of the Year

Organisational

The Grand Award of the Year will be granted to the organisation that successfully meets all of the following requirements:

 

  • Submission of the highest number of entries within Organisational Category – Grand Awards

  • The organisation that obtains the highest average score across the above entries


The Judging Panel has the right to make the final decision.


This award highlights the entry that serves as the most outstanding example of best practice in action, inspiring Hong Kong HR practitioners with innovative strategies to help them excel in their profession. In arriving at their decision, the Judging Panel will look for programmes that have achieved outstanding results with a far-reaching impact and meaningful contribution to the HR community.


The winning organisation should demonstrate a strong commitment to developing and implementing outstanding people strategies that drive business success.

Excellent HR Leader Award

This distinguished award will be nominated by the Executive Council of the HKIHRM.


This prestigious award recognises an individual who exemplifies excellent HRM professionalism, enhances the influence of the HRM profession and has made an outstanding contribution to the HR community.

Organisational Category

Grand Awards

Sub-Category Awards

Excellent Employer of the Year


The Excellent Employer of the Year award will be granted to organisations that meet the following criteria:

  • Submitting a minimum of 1 entry in the Organisational Category - Grand Awards and receiving at least 1 Elite Award or higher; and

  • Submitting a minimum of 2 entries in the Organisational Category - Sub-Category Awards and receiving at least 2 Elite Awards or higher.

Grand Award of Diversity & Inclusion

Grand Award of Employee Experience

Grand Award of Employee Wellness

Grand Award of ESG Initiatives

Grand Award of HR Digitalisation

Grand Award of Talent Management

Age-Friendly Workplace Award
Disability-Friendly Employment Award

Best Workplace Award
Employer Branding Award
Family-Friendly Practices Award 

Employee Benefits Award
Employee Happiness Award

 

Community Caring Award 
Corporate Governance Award
Green Achievement Award

HR Analytics Award
Learning Technology Award 

Gen Z Attraction Award
Learning & Development Award
Management Trainee Programme Award
Talent Acquisition Award 

Grand Award of Change Management

Grand Award of Innovation

Grand Award of Diversity & Inclusion

This award recognises an organisation that supports diversity and inclusion initiatives at the heart of its business and realises such values through active practices. Entries should demonstrate best practices in diversity and inclusion being put in the place in their HR policies, practices, and procedures with regular reviews to tackle and remove any unfair bias.

Age-Friendly Workplace Award

This award recognises an organisation that promotes age diversity and inclusion in the workplace and implements policies and practices such as flexible working arrangements, learning opportunities, career paths, benefits and wellness initiatives which support older workers and create an age-friendly
workplace to value the contribution of older workers. 


Entries should demonstrate the positive influence made by applying age-friendly initiatives to strengthen the impact of diversity & inclusion within the organisation.

Disability-Friendly Employment Award

This award recognises an organisation that promotes disabilityfriendly
employment and implements policies and practices such as flexible working arrangements, learning opportunities, career paths, benefits and wellness initiatives, aiming to support employees with disability and create a disability-friendly workplace that values their contributions.


Entries should demonstrate the positive influence made by applying the disability-friendly initiatives to strengthen the impact of diversity & inclusion within the organisation.

Grand Award of Employee Experience

This award recognises an organisation that has successfully aligned its employee experience strategy with broader business objectives.


Entries should demonstrate specific and innovative employee-centric initiatives that have significantly improved employee working experience, enhanced satisfaction and commitment, strengthened engagement, and fostered a positive work environment. Entries should provide quantifiable evidence of
these achievements.

Best Workplace Award

Employer Branding Award

This award recognises an organisation that establishes an excellent workplace environment and culture to foster employee engagement, satisfaction and well-being. This is achieved through the implementation of a wide range of HR policies and practices, effective leadership, attractive employee benefits, and ample professional development opportunities.

This award recognises an organisation that creates a value proposition and executed a branding campaign with proven success in differentiating its identity and adding value to the organisation.


Entries should demonstrate a strong employer brand strategy in attracting, engaging, and retaining employees and show evidence of implementing the branding campaign successfully.

Family-Friendly Practices Award

This award recognises an organisation that excels in assisting employees in balancing work and family obligations through a wide range of HR policies and practices, such as flexible working arrangements, daycare facilities, elderly care support, adoption and reproductive assistance, breastfeeding support, paid personal and earned days off programmes, as well as academic bursaries for employees’ children.

Grand Award of Employee Wellness 

This award recognises an organisation that provides compelling evidence of their strategy to protect and enhance the health and well-being of employees.


Entries should include specific initiatives that offer mental, physical, social, and/or emotional support to employees, resulting in improved health and well-being for employees and enhanced organisational performance.

Employee Benefits Award

This award recognises an organisation that goes above and beyond in providing employees with a comprehensive benefits package, such as health insurance, retirement plans, paid time off, special leaves or wellness programmes, aiming to motivate employees to perform at their best and attract and retain talent for the organisation. Entries should provide quantifiable evidence of these achievements.

Employee Happiness Award

This award recognises an organisation that implements a purposeful approach to foster a positive and happy workplace culture where employees feel valued and find their work meaningful within the organisation.


Entries should demonstrate the positive influence of these approaches in strengthening employee happiness and provide quantifiable evidence of these achievements.

Grand Award of ESG Initiatives

This award recognises an organisation that incorporates a comprehensive ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) approach into its overall HR strategy, including Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.


Entries should demonstrate the positive influence of applying the ESG initiatives and/or projects to strengthen the sustainability and ethical impact of the organisation in the areas of ESG.

Community Caring Award

This award recognises the organisation that makes a significant contribution to the well-being of the community and achieves excellence in promoting social responsibility and ethical business practices. 


The scope of the entry can include volunteerism, community involvement through advocacy, educational or outreach programmes, compassionate leadership that demonstrates empathy, kindness and respect towards stakeholders.

Corporate Governance Award

This award recognises an organisation that effectively promotes transparency and accountability, pursues integrity in business operations and embraces diversity in the processes to attract, appoint, promote, and ensure accountability among the senior leaders.


The scope of entry can include the corporate’s purpose, the role and composition of the board of directors and management committees, the interests of shareholders and stakeholders, and the measurement of the corporate’s performance, etc.

Green Achievement Award

This award recognises an organisation that makes significant efforts to promote environmental sustainability and foster a green culture that motivate employees to take actions for protecting the environment.


Entries should demonstrate the positive influence of applying
the green initiatives and/or projects to strengthen the
sustainability, providing quantifiable impact to the environment.

Grand Award of HR Digitalisation

This award recognises an organisation that embraces technologies, data analytics / informatics or digital solutions to drive better efficiency, productivity, and performance of the HR department and the organisation.


The scope of the entry can include the implementation of HR software, analytic systems, online learning and development tools, etc.

HR Analytics Award

This award recognises an organisation that demonstrates exceptional use of data analytics to analyse and manage human resources data, thereby driving better efficiency, productivity and decision-making of an organisation.


The scope of entry can include the implementation of HR analytics systems, HR software, people analytics strategies, etc.

Learning Technology Award

This award recognises excellence in implementing and utilising technology to enhance employee learning opportunities and experience, thereby strengthening skills, knowledge, mindset, and culture across all levels of the organisation.


The scope of entry can include the implementation of strategic plans or programmes, digital solutions, software, online training, etc.

Grand Award of Talent Management

This award recognises an organisation that develops outstanding and effective strategies, programmes and policies for talent identification, classification, management, and retention, as well as workforce mobilisation such as job rotation and assignment planning to enable leadership succession.

Gen Z Attraction Award

This award recognises an organisation that develops outstanding and effective strategies, programmes, and policies to enhance the employer branding, recruitment processes, and retention initiatives that attract, engage, develop, and retain quality Gen Z talent.


Entries should demonstrate excellence in formulating effective strategies and commitment to understanding and engaging with Gen Z, with tangible impact achieved by implementing these strategies.

Learning & Development Award

This award recognises excellence in the design, creation, and implementation of a unique learning and development strategy that enhances the skills, knowledge, and attitude across all levels of the organisation.


The scope of the entry can include a strategic plan or programme, individual courses or other deliverables that enhance performance and encourage learning and development within the organisation.

Management Trainee Programme Award

This award recognises an organisation that successfully formulates and delivers a management trainee recruitment programme which attracts, engages and grooms graduates to become future leaders of the organisation.


The scope of entry should demonstrate a strategic and structured programme that provides training, learning initiatives, networking opportunities and an aspirational career path for the trainees.

Talent Acquisition Award

This award recognises an organisation’s talent attraction strategy that effectively aligns with the overall business strategies and employer branding.


Entries should demonstrate excellence in job design, manpower planning and deployment, recruitment and selection strategies, as well as internal mobility strategies and programmes that seek to achieve effective utilisation and acquisition of talent to meet business needs.

Grand Award of Change Management 

This award recognises excellence in an organisation’s ability to set a compelling vision and plan, implement, and manage changes in the people aspect of a major organisational
programme. 


Entries should demonstrate HR’s contribution through all stages of the change process and how the programme brings positive impacts to employees and organisational performance and/or clearly minimises potential negative impacts.

Grand Award of Innovation

This award recognises the successful implementation of an overhaul of an HR concept through innovative initiatives that create synergies, deliver insights, increase efficiency, enhance family, community and/or social values while addressing workforce and/or organisational challenges.


Innovative initiatives can include the creation or adoption of new technologies or digital solutions, or creative strategic HR-related programmes.

HR Service Provider Category

Change Management Provider Award

This award recognises the excellence of a service provider in helping its client in setting a compelling vision and plan, implementing and managing changes in the people aspect of a major organisational programme.


Entries should demonstrate contributions through all stages of the change process and highlight how the programme brings positive impacts to the client’s employees and organisational performance and/or clearly minimises potential negative impacts.

ESG Provider Award

This award recognises the excellence of a service provider in assisting its client in planning a comprehensive ESG approach, including Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, and integrating it into the overall HR strategy.


Entries should demonstrate the positive influence made by applying the ESG service / project to strengthen the sustainability and ethical impact of the client in the areas of ESG.

Executive Development Programme Provider Award

This award recognises exceptional leadership development programmes that have clearly enhanced the skills, competencies, and strategic acumen of senior executives within an organisation. Entries should excel in cultivating executive talents and preparing senior leaders to effectively manage and lead in an ever evolving and complex business environment.

Furthermore, entries should showcase innovative content and demonstrate the impact on participants, supported by quantifiable achievements that highlight the effectiveness of the programme.

Innovation Provider Award

This award recognises the excellence of a service provider in implementing an HR concept into practice for its client through innovative initiatives that create synergies, deliver insights, increase efficiency, enhance family, community and/or social values while addressing workforce and/or organisational
challenges.


Innovative initiatives can include creating or adopting a new technologies or digital solutions, as well as implementing creative strategic HR-related programmes for its client, implementation of HR software, analytic systems, or online training, etc.

Learning & Development Provider Award

This award recognises a service provider that demonstrates excellence in the designing, creating, and implementing of a unique learning and development strategy for its client, enhancing skills, knowledge, and attitude across all levels of the organisation.


The scope of an entry can include a strategic plan or programme, individual courses or other deliverables that improve performance and encourage learning and development within the client’s organisation.

Mobility Provider Award

This award recognises a service provider that demonstrates excellence in the designing, creating, and implementing mobility strategies that enable its client to successfully adopt a Remote Workforce (WFH), Internet of Things (IoT), or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) culture in their organisations.


Entries should demonstrate excellence in driving better efficiency, productivity and performance of the HR department and the organisation.

MPF Provider Award

This award recognises a service provider for its exception services in managing MPF funds and related services for employers and employees participating in the scheme.


Entries should demonstrate excellence in areas such as customer service, contributions, investment options and performance, and compliance with regulatory requirements.

Payroll Provider Award

This award recognises a service provider for offering exceptional payroll services to its clients, enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of their payroll operations.

 

Entries should demonstrate excellence in customer service, payroll calculations and accuracy, timeliness, payroll reporting and innovation in their payroll services.

Talent Acquisition Provider Award

This award recognises the excellence of a service provider in delivering a talent attraction strategy that effectively aligns with the overall business strategies and employer branding of the client’s organisation.


Entries should demonstrate excellence in job design, manpower planning and deployment, recruitment and selection strategies, internal mobility strategies and programmes that aim to achieve effective utilisation and acquisition of talent to meet client’s business needs.

The Most Popular Recruitment Platform Award 

This award recognises the best local online platforms for job seekers and employers in Hong Kong. The platform must have a large and active Hong Kong user base, high engagement and satisfaction rates, innovative and user-friendly features for job search and hiring, and a positive impact on the Hong Kong labour market, such as creating more job opportunities, improving skills development, etc. Entries should be able to quantify the achievements.

Wellness Provider Award

This award recognises a service provider for offering exceptional wellness solutions or family-friendly practices to its client.


Entries should demonstrate excellence in providing health and well-being programmes and services that enhancephysical, mental, financial and social well-being of employees or providing family-friendly services that help employees in balancing work and family obligations, resulting in improved employee engagement and retention.

GBA Category / NGO Category

GBA Category: Organisations that have business registration and operation in the GBA cities are eligible to enter the Awards.

NGO Category: Organisations that are on the list of charitable institution and trusts of a public character, which is exempt from tax under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance, and hold the letter issued by the Inland Revenue Department are eligible to enter the Awards.

The following 9 Awards are included in GBA Category and NGO Category respectively:

  •  Change Management Award

  •  Diversity & Inclusion Award

  •  Employee Experience Award

  •  Employee Wellness Award

  •  Employer Branding Award 

  •  ESG Initiatives Award

  •  HR Digitalisation Award

  •  Innovation Award

  •  Talent Management Award 

 

For definitions – please refer to Organisational Category.
 

SME Category

Manufacturing enterprises with fewer than 100 employees or non-manufacturing enterprises with fewer than 50 employees are eligible to enter this Awards.

The following 4 Awards are included in SME Category:

  •  Employee Experience Award

  •  Employee Happiness Award
  •  Family-Friendly Practices Award

  •  Innovation Award

 

For definitions – please refer to Organisational Category.
 

HR Team Category

Outstanding HR Team Award

This award recognises HR teams that have excelled within their function or cross functions, making significant contributions to their organisations’ success through innovative and effective projects, strategies, or initiatives. Entrants should demonstrate tangible results of these initiatives in improving team morale, employee engagement, teamwork, and cohesiveness. 

The judges will evaluate the HR teams’ strategic approach to all aspects of HR management, focusing on measurable achievements that align with business objective, enhance employee engagement, and foster a positive organisational culture. Additionally, the impact on the wider business and the overall employee experience and satisfaction will be considered.

HR Sevice Provider
GBA / NGO
SME
Individual
Milestone
Individual Category
  • Entrants for the Individual Category should have at least 1 year of working experience as an HR practitioner. 

  • Entrants should remain in the same organisation during the interview period, otherwise they may be disqualified from the Award.

  • Entrants should submit a nomination letter on the organisation’s letterhead as an official supporting document. The letter should include the name, business title, and signature of both the supervisor and entrant, as well as the company chop.

HR Professional Award

This award recognises an individual HR practitioner who is at the Managerial, Executive, or Leadership career stage, as outlined in the HR Career Ladder Guide* published by HKIHRM, and has contributed to his or her own organisation by creating a significant HR impact.


Entries should highlight specific initiatives, projects or thought leadership in areas such as people management, work practices, application of technologies or talent solutions, and building organisational capabilities to enhance business success.

Rising Star Award

This award recognises an individual HR practitioner who is at the Technical or Professional career stage, as outlined in the HR Career Ladder Guide* published by HKIHRM, and has demonstrated excellence either by creative and innovative development of new ideas and programmes or by highly effective utilisation of well-regarded principles in HR. Specific achievements may be related to a project or an ongoing activity of his or her own organisation.


*Please refer to Entry Guide P.18 for more details.

Milestones

Organisational Category Grand Awards/
HR Service Provider Category /

GBA Category / HR Team Category / NGO Category /

SME Category / Individual Category

Organisational Category

Sub-Category Awards

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Deadline for Entry

Form Submission 
Until 2 July 2024 (23:59)

Interested organisations / individuals are required to submit the Entry Form and settle the entry fee before the entry deadline.  

Deadline for Project Summary Submission 

Until 22 July 2024 (23:59)

The Project Summary in English or Chinese with a word limit of 2,000 will be used to identify candidates for the assessment. The Project Summary should be clear and comprehensible to readers both inside and outside your field.

The Project Summary in English or Chinese with a word limit of 1,000 will be used to identify candidates for the assessment. The Project Summary should be clear and comprehensible to readers both inside and outside your field.

Assessment by Associate Assessor

(Q3 2024) 

Assessors will evaluate each entry based
on the submitted Project Summary. The
two highest scoring candidates among
the same awards
will be shortlisted to
the Final Interview stage, to compete for
the Excellent Award and the Elite Award.


For the other entries, Merit or Good
Practice / Professional Practice (only for
Organisational Category Grand Awards)
will be granted based on the scoring
marked by our Associate Assessor.

Assessors will evaluate each entry based
on the submitted Project Summary. The
Excellent, Elite, Merit and Good Practice
of each Award will be selected based on
the score.

Final Interview

(November 2024) 

Finalists will be invited to deliver a
15-minute presentation (include Q&A)
to the Judging Panel. The Excellent
Award and Elite Award
of each award
will be selected based on total score
marked by the Judging Panel.

Awards Presentation Ceremony cum Gala Dinner

(Q1 2025) 

The results of the HKIHRM HR Excellence Awards 2024/25 will be announced.

FAQ

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是否報名成功就可獲獎? 
Will I win the Awards if I successfully applied?

獎項評審有嚴謹準則,以確保獎項及業界專業水平。今年,除了常設的「金獎」、「銀獎」和「銅獎」,評審委員會特設「良好實踐」及「專業實踐」,表揚在人力資源項目表現出色的機構和從業員,以鼓勵及嘉許創新和專業的人力資源項目。
The Awards judging follows strict criteria to ensure the professional level of the awards and the industry. This year, apart from the usual accolades of "Excellent Award", "Elite Award" and "Merit Award", the Organising Committee of the Awards suggested to set up "Good Practice" and "Professional Practice" to recognise the organisations and practitioners who have demonstrated excellent practices and achieved outstanding performances in HR projects, in order to encourage more HR innovation and to champion the excellence in HR profession.

評分準則是甚麼? 計劃簡介需要填寫甚麼內容?
What are the judging criteria? What should be included in the Project Summary?

請參考 參賽指南 第13 - 15頁。
Please refer to pages 13-15 of the Entry Guide.

需要同時申請企業類別的 Grand Award 及 Sub-Category Award 嗎?
Do I need to apply for both Grand Award and Sub-Category Award in the Organisational Category?

每個獎項均可獨立報名。如您已報名參加其中一個Grand Award的各個Sub-Category Awards,我們鼓勵您同時參加該Grand Award。
You can apply for each award independently. If you have already applied for the Sub-Category Awards of any Grand Award, you are encouraged to participate in that Grand Award as well.

得獎者可獲頒甚麼?
What will be presented to the awardees?

金獎、銀獎、銅獎、良好實踐及專業實踐 — 獎座
Excellent Awards, Elite Awards, Merit Awards, Good Practices and Professional Practices - Trophy

所有得獎者均可出席頒獎禮領獎嗎?
Can all awardees attend the Awards ceremony to receive the Awards?

是的,請留意於本年第四季推出的得獎者方案 (Awardee Package),以購買入場券。
Yes, please refer to the Awardee Package which will be launched in the fourth quarter of this year, to purchase admission tickets to the awards ceremony.

獲獎後會有媒體報導嗎? 
Will there be media exposure after winning the Awards?

會,得獎名單將於香港經濟日報、戶外廣告及本學會線上及線下平台公佈。有關其他媒體的宣傳機會,請留意於本年第四季推出的媒體方案 (Media Package)。
Yes, the list of awardees will be announced on Hong Kong Economic Times, out-of-home advertising, and online and offline platforms of the HKIHRM. For other publicity opportunities, please refer to the Media Package which will be launched in the fourth quarter of this year.

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