HRD Awards winners on the value of validation

Nominations for the 2023 HRD Awards New Zealand are closing – here are some tips from past winners

HRD Awards winners on the value of validation

As the war for talent rages on, job satisfaction among employees is of high importance for most organisations. While you may be quick to throw money and incentives at the worst talent shortage in modern history, sometimes all you need is a little validation to boost confidence and increase motivation.

There is still time to put forward your outstanding HR colleagues and give them the validation they deserve. Nominations for the fourth annual HRD Awards New Zealand remain open until 2 December 2022. Winners will be announced at the HRD HR Summit, an in-person event to be held at the Hilton in April next year.

Lunetta Lach, people and culture manager at Wellington Airport, won an Excellence Award in the Employer of Choice category in the 2022 HRD Awards. “The validation of knowing that they we’re doing awesome things for the company and for our staff just felt really great,” she says.

Click here to learn more and nominate!

Lach says the nomination process made her reflect on the work her team had done: “The questions they asked were not what I expected: It really made you put some thought into why you are doing these initiatives, and what the process and outcomes were.”

Amy Berry, business support manager at eStar Online, is another 2022 Excellence Award winner. “Being recognised for this not only lets us know we are doing a good job, but it is also a pat on the back for our people and an acknowledgment of their efforts in making eStar a great place to work,” she says.

“Our team was elated. It reinforced the excellent work our team continuously does. We were so proud, we had great pleasure in sharing this news and celebrating.”

Reflecting on success

Win or not, the nomination process is an opportunity for reflection, says Elizabeth O’Brien, global head of people experience at author-it Software – winner of the Employer of Choice (<200 staff) award for 2022.

“When you’re in the thick of it, trying to improve the employment experience for your people, you sometimes forget just how much you’ve achieved. By entering awards like these, you can consciously come up for air and reflect on all you’ve done, both big and small, and why that’s been so important for your people. It’s just such a thrill to know you’re making a difference,” says O’Brien.

More on the awards

The annual HRD Awards New Zealand event is the leading independent awards program in New Zealand. It showcases the country’s most outstanding HR teams, leaders, and employers for their innovation, best practices, and achievements in the HR profession over the past 12 months.

There are seven categories open to in-house HR teams, HR leaders, and programs across areas such as leadership, workplace flexibility, employee wellbeing, diversity, and more.

Award categories include:

  • NZ HR Director of the Year
  • NZ HR Rising Star
  • Best Reward & Recognition Program
  • Best Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Program
  • Service Provider of the Year

We encourage you to put forward your team, programs, colleagues, or even yourself, for as many categories as you like.

Click here to learn more and nominate!

Nominations: Nominations are open for submission until 2 December 2022 via the event’s online portal. The awards are free to enter. Individuals and companies can nominate themselves or their peers in unlimited categories. Submissions must focus on the achievements of the last 12 months.

Research and judging: The HRD Awards team conduct thorough research to verify all submissions and nominations. An independent panel of judges made up of HR leaders from around New Zealand review submissions and allocate each nominee with a confidential and impartial score.

Winners: Winners will be announced at HRDs annual HR Summit, an in-person event held on Auckland’s waterfront at the Hilton on 27 April 2023. 

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