The Best of the Best – The HR Hero of the Year Award

For 15 years, we have been recognizing HR leaders for their outsized contributions to their organizations and their communities. But, this year is surely in a league of its own!

Paraphrasing the Economist, boardrooms turned to their corporate finance chiefs when the financial crisis rocked the business world in 2007-09. During the 2020-21 pandemic, boards have relied on their HR chiefs to save the day. Among the monster challenges this period has brought, HR took responsibility for the health and safety of its workforce, developed thoughtful vaccination policies, quickly adapted return-to-work plans in response to the delta variant threat, addressed talent shortages in innovative ways, and ensured that a largely remote workforce continued to function as a cohesive and engaged team.

"HR has been the rock that is getting employees through this crisis"
-Darren Kimball, CEO of GetFive

These unsung heroes in the HR community deserve recognition for their extraordinary contributions to business and community. Now, it is up to you to share the stories!

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* 1. Your Contact Information

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* 2. The Nominee's Contact Information

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* 3. Nominating Category (see below for details)

Characteristics of the Nominee (Food for Thought)

Taking Risk To Elevate The Strategic Role Of HR
  • Partners with senior management to raise the visibility of the HR function.
  • Takes specific steps to change the status quo role of HR.
  • Demonstrates to senior management how HR can creatively support key business objectives.
  • Takes on personal career risk in an effort to elevate the strategic role of the HR function.

  • A natural role model.
  • Shows concern for colleagues as people.
  • Willingness to take on mentoring roles outside the scope of work.
  • Guiding, supporting, and promoting the training and career development of others.
  • Demonstrating a long-term commitment to mentoring.

  • Carries a volunteer event when others mysteriously disappear.
  • Brings the kind of contagious energy to volunteer work that makes it successful.
  • Show creativity in developing volunteer programs.

Compassion In Employee Relations
  • Handles challenging and emotionally-charged situations with grace and respect
  • Finds creative solutions that create trust and improve employee morale
  • Demonstrates compassion and generosity of spirit when terminating employees
  • Successfully balances employer interests with principles of employee advocacy

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* 4. Start by telling us the single biggest reason that your nominee deserves recognition in this category

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* 5. Now, tell us the nominee's story!
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* 6. Supporting Information or Links

Thank you for your nomination! We can't wait to read it!