To help you with writing your entry, we have some entry tips from Christina McCloskey from law firm Baker McKenzie, a double winner last year of Right Place to Work for large/medium firms) and Workplace Wellbeing (large category) and Karen Fullerton from fit-out company Portview, which in 2018 scooped the Workplace Wellbeing (medium) accolade.
Other submissions came from Sinead Doyle, head of consumer PR at MCE Public Relations, and Irish News business editor Gary McDonald.
Time management: We recommend allowing a six-week window in terms of planning, developing and polishing your entry, with the entry deadline as May 3, so don’t delay. Start the process and keep the momentum up.
Don’t leave anything unexplained: presume the judges know nothing: imagine you’re explaining your business to someone that has no knowledge of what you do, whatsoever.
A second pair of eyes: Get someone else to fact-check, proof and edit your entry – sometimes you will not spot your own mistakes.
Angle: A clear story will stand out. Start with an opener that sets the scene and think about the wider picture.
Impact: Include quantitative figures and qualitative anecdotes plus include graphs in your appendices to back up what you have claimed.
The here and now: These are the 2020 Awards. So detail what have you done in the last year – not in 2017 or 2016.
Structure: Your biggest challenge is likely to be structuring the entry to showcase all the brilliant work you’re already doing, so introducing a framework can be a great way to ensure you capture everything..
Show off your organisation: You may wish to treat your entry like a pitch – imagine it’s your chance to show your senior leadership exactly what you’ve been doing and to gain their buy-in
Look at the bigger picture first: think of your overall organisational strategy and how whatever you’re going to showcase fits in to that.
Make your application stand out : A lot of organisations have a health & wellbeing strategy. What makes yours different? Showcase your innovation & creativity & culture.
A picture can paint a thousand words: If your teams have jumped out of planes, learned to drum or attended creative team building sessions, get their photos into the application.
Provide evidence to support your application: Some powerful tools for this are client and team testimonials, quotes from professional governing bodies such as the CIPD and of course statistics collected in house.
Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19 we have decided to postpone The Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards to later in the year.
As a result the entry deadline has also been extended. We will continue to observe the situation and confirm key dates in due course.