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inHR award 2019 for innovative HR projects and initiatives in Switzerland launched

Zurich, 2 May 2019

Following the resounding success of the inaugural inHR award in 2018, its initiators have now launched the 2019 edition and are calling for entries from the Swiss HR community. The inHR award recognises pioneering HR work by individuals and teams at organisations in Switzerland. Entries for this year’s award can be submitted between 1 May and 31 July 2019. The award ceremony will take place in Zurich on 23 October.

This award for innovative HR projects in Switzerland was initiated by HR specialists from Deloitte Switzerland, SAP Switzerland, NZZ, and the University of St. Gallen in 2018. Its primary aims were to identify and shine a spotlight on individuals and teams at large corporations, SMEs, and start-ups who are conducting pioneering work through innovative and creative HR projects – and to encourage heightened collaboration between HR specialists in all industries. The substantial interest shown in the 2018 contest motivated the initiators to pursue the project and turn it into one of the key events in the calendar of the Swiss HR community.

The application phase for the 2019 edition of the inHR award runs from 1 May to 31 July 2019. Applications can be submitted in three categories:

  • Talent Diversity & Inclusion: recognises ideas, activities, and projects devoted to future-oriented talent management
  • Future of Work: recognises practices, processes, and programmes that reimagine working methods, the working environment, and collaboration
  • HR (R)Evolution: recognises approaches and initiatives that extend and redefine the role and perception of human resources

Consisting of representatives from the four award initiators, the jury encompasses expertise in the fields of consulting, technology, research, and communications. They will judge the applications based on four criteria: Alongside the degree of innovation each project represents, the jury will look at its value for the organisation and its relevance for other sectors, and at how the project was realised and the accompanying measures involved. The fourth criterion is the quality of the project description and specifications submitted with each application.

Applications will be accepted for HR projects conducted at organisations headquartered in Switzerland. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Zurich on 23 October 2019 – an event that is also intended as an opportunity for guests to network and learn from one another. The prizes awaiting the award winners reflect this spirit of collaboration. As well as taking part in a joint “impulse workshop” with subject-matter experts, each winning team will benefit from a tailored design thinking workshop focusing on the specific challenges and issues their organisations face.

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