Best alignment of the employer value proposition with corporate brand values This category is designed to highlight the synergy between the way your organisation manages its reputation as an employer and the way it manages its reputation to all of its stakeholders. Judges will expect your organisation’s EVP to be defined together with your brand values. In addition the judges will need to see clear ways in which your organisation has attempted to unify its proposition as an employer and potential employer with its positioning as an organisation trusted by those to whom you want to engage or sell your products or services.
Best communication of the employer brand to the external audience This category will recognise campaigns that integrate the employer brand, culture and values of the organisation to communicate to the external audience. This will include recruitment, use of social media, graduate programmes and web platforms. Judges will look for consistency across channels and the ways in which the campaign complements and supports the business’ objectives.
Best short-term or one-off employer brand campaign This category will reward a company or an agency that has responded to a particular need, such as a recruitment, retention or engagement need, with a short-term solution (digital, strategic, advertising, etc). Entrants will be expected to show what precipitated the need for the campaign and how the campaign met that need. The judges will look for metrics designed to highlight the effectiveness of the campaign. The judges will understand that measurement may be ongoing. It isn’t just about meeting needs and evaluating if they have worked, however. The judges will expect to see creative excellence and reasons why the strategy for execution was successful.
Best communication of the employer brand to the internal audience Entrants into this category will exemplify excellence in the way in which an employer brand strategy, culture change programme or values alignment is communicated to an organisation’s internal audience. Projects can be ongoing or completed. Judges will expect to see a measurement metric, such as retention or employee satisfaction, included.
Best diversity brand This category rewards those companies that have a policy of building and maintaining a diverse employer brand. The judges will look for organisations that are both going beyond box-checking and are actively seeking out an adaptable and flexible workforce, and those that are prepared to put forward the business case for such a programme.
Best digital communication of the employer brand This category rewards companies that integrate digital thought throughout their communication and employer brand strategies. This can take the form of web, intranet, e-learning and others. Submissions can reflect a focus on internal and external audiences, or both. Judges will expect to see relevant metrics.
Best use of social media in the management or promotion of the employer brand This category focuses on the effective use of social media channels within their employer brand management programmes. Both the creative use of existing social media channels as well as the development of proprietary ones can be submitted. Judges will expect to see your relevance.
Best use of employer brand in customer marketing This category will reward organisations that have effectively made their people a key point of difference for customers. Judges will look to see how companies have maximised the synergy between an organisation’s brand positioning and its employee value proposition.
Best employer brand management programme following changed mission, positioning or management Corporate change can be a serious business-wide challenge for any organisation. Rebrands and repositioning require complete internal commitment together with external acceptance. A new CEO or senior executive can bring a new vision to an organsation. The challenge for many is using this change to enhance an organisation's reputation as an employer. This category rewards companies that creatively overcame that challenge.
Best employer brand management programme following a merger or acquisition Corporate change can be a serious business-wide challenge for any organisation; none more so than in its reputation as an employer. This category rewards companies that have overcome that challenge.
Best alumni programme Organisations are increasingly seeing the importance of corporate alumni, and are increasingly investing time and resource into their development. This category rewards those that can demonstrate how an organised alumni programme has strengthened its employer brand.
Best brand ambassador programme This category focuses on identifying, developing and communicating with individuals and teams within or aligned to the organisation to further enhance the employer brand. The category can include both internal and external brand ambassador or advocates and can include referral programmes. The judges will look for ways in which ambassadors have been selected and used, and how their attributes fit within the organisation’s brand values.
Best localisation of a global employer brand management programme This category will look at how a global organisation has made its employer brand relevant to specific locations. This category can include organisations based in the MENA region that have localised their employer brand elsewhere in the world or global organisations headquartered elsewhere that have localised their employer brand to the MENA region or to specific parts of it.
Best employer brand management event This category rewardsthose that have used the meeting environment to further their reputation as an employer. Events may include both external and internal events.
Best employer brand innovation This category will reward a new strategic or creative employer brand initiative. The judges will look for unique and well-implemented ideas. Although metrics would be appreciated, judges will focus more on innovation than on results.
Best ongoing commitment to employer brand management This category rewards organisations that have displayed a thorough understanding of the employer brand management process and its impact on the organisation. Companies can enter this category individually but anyone entering their, or their client’s, organisation in two or more categories will automatically be considered for this award.
Best employer brand management by sector This category will determine how well a company performs within its sector. Judges will compare and contrast companies within their peer group. The sectors within which organisations can enter are:
Energy and extractives
Engineering and manufacturing
Food and beverage
Healthcare and pharmaceuticals
Technology, media and telecommunications
Travel and leisure
Best creative execution of the employer brand (There is no entry procedure for this category and all submissions will be automatically considered)
Grand Prix of employer brand management (There is no entry procedure for this category and all submissions will be automatically considered)