In 2014, HRO Today introduced the CHRO Awards, honoring those CHROs with the capabilities to adapt to a competitive business environment in order to deliver the insight needed for HR transformation. Our CHRO of the Year award and Lifetime Achievement award recognizes CHROs that help drive workforce initiatives through innovation with measurable excellence in employee engagement and retention to prove it. These CHROs are responsible for providing leadership to ensure talent acquisition and retention, business growth, and a culture that can lead in a global workforce.
Nominations for the 2021 CHRO of the Year Awards are now open. To guide you, please see the below information on the nomination process, the judging criteria and timeline of events leading up to HRO Today Forum and the CHRO of the Year Awards Gala in September 2021.
CHRO, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Sustainable Workforce of the Year Nominees will be evaluated across three dimensions:
- The scope of the nominee’s impact on his/her organization/community. Please describe the impact of the nominee’s initiative(s). Please provide specific quantitative information about the impact, such as the size of the organization/community directly impacted, the relative population, the percentage impact on profits, cost savings, etc. These are only examples; any quantitative information is helpful in our deliberations.
- The extent to which the nominee drove this initiative. Please rate the extent to which the nominee drove this initiative on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is very little, and 10 is virtually completely. Also, please describe how the nominee drove the initiative.
- The individual reputational or professional risk taken by the nominee. Please rate the individual reputational or professional risk the nominee took for this initiative on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is virtually none and 10 is astronomical. Also, please describe that risk.
- Nominees must be available to attend the CHRO of the Year Awards Dinner and Gala on September 13, 2021 in order to become a finalist.
- Providers who wish to nominate a client should work with their team and have them submit the nomination form.
- Focus on the CHRO and the leadership they provided since this program recognizes individuals, not teams or products.
- Do not nominate a CHRO who simply did their job. The judges will look for evidence that the nominee went above and beyond what was expected of them, taking personal risk to move a workforce initiative forward. Show how the nominee brought about a real outcome.
- Focus on the effect. Explain how a nominee’s work made a significant difference, either in the organization or the community at large. Describe that effect in concrete terms that can be understood by people unfamiliar with the person or his or her expertise.
- Focus on this past year. Other than the lifetime achievement award, these awards recognize work largely done, or culminating, over the past year.
- Remember, this is not a popularity contest; the key is impact. An individual’s effect might be significant but potentially divisive. That is not necessarily an obstacle to winning an award.
- Look for the unsung heroes. Some people are in a better position than others to make a difference due to their resources or visibility, but don’t forget the individuals behind the scenes who make a difference largely because of their creativity, energy and sheer tenacity.
Process & Timeline:
|January 2021||Nomination Form distributed online.|
|April 30, 2021||CHRO of the Year Award Nomination Deadline.|
|May 2021||List of nominees reviewed by the Editorial Board of HRO Today Magazine.|
|June 2021||Nominees provided to the judging panel of previous award winners along with a scoring sheet to help them rank each.|
|July 2021||HRO Today Magazine will review the judging panel responses to identify the top nominees, and then reach out to them to let them know they have been selected as Leaders of Distinction finalists and confirm whether they accept the nomination and will be in attendance for the Awards Dinner.|
|August 2021||Leaders of Distinction will be announced in April in the below channels:
|September 13, 2021||Individual award winners will be announced at the CHRO Awards Gala.|
|September 14, 2021||Press Release announcing the CHRO Award Winners, Sustainable Workforce and Lifetime Achievement Awards is pushed to news outlets.|
|October 2021||Winners to be featured in the October 2021 issue of HRO Today.|