Judging Criteria


THE JUDGING PROCESS

Judges will read and pre-score all entry forms, considering any supporting materials submitted. Judges will be asked to give a score for each question within the entry form, as listed in the bullet points below.

These will be combined to give an overall score for each entry. All judges pre-scores will then be combined and the highest scoring entries will determine the shortlists.

Judges will meet to discuss the highest scoring entries and then agree the winner for each category.

The judging session will take place on 24 March, with the shortlist being announced on 26 March 2021.

Click here to see this year’s judging panel.

19 February

Early Bird Close

5 March

Entry Deadline

24 March

Judging Session

26 March

Shortlist Announced

27 April

Winners Announced

Judging Criteria

Across all categories, Judges will consider the structure, presentation and clarity of each entry. Entries should not exceed 1000 words in total and should relate to work undertaken between January 2020 – March 2021.

Initiative Awards


Judges want to recognise initiatives that tackle workplace problems, support staff, promote wellbeing and reward good work that builds strong relationships and employee engagement. The judges will be looking for clear objectives, creative and effective implementation and tangible and demonstrable results in the initiative award categories.

Each entry must include information under the following headings:
• Total budget
• Target audience
• Objectives
• Strategy & implementation
• Results & evaluation
• Why should you win this award?

Any entries that do not include information under all of these headings will be marked down. If appropriate you may include up to three pieces of supporting materials.




VOI / Tool Awards


How do we effectively monitor and report on the impact of company culture on the business, and on the efficiency of initiatives, flexible working and HR influences? Judges want to hear about the tools which are effective in helping transform company culture.

Each entry must include information under the following headings:

• Objectives
• Total budget / turnover / GP
• Overview of tool / software / platform
• Why you think the tool should win this award

In addition to the above judges will utilise the log in & password provided to mark the following:
• The usability/functionality of the product
• The effectiveness and performance of the product

Please note if you're unable to provide a login, please contact [email protected].

Any entries that do not include information under all of these headings will be marked down. If appropriate you may include up to three pieces of supporting materials.




Development / Training Awards


Exceptional training and development programmes have a huge positive impact on the bottom line. Judges want to hear about structured, implemented and monitored training and development initiatives that form an integral part of the company culture, and that positively impacts on both the retention and addition of new talent.

Each entry must include information under the following headings:
• Total budget
• Target audience
• Objectives
• Strategy & implementation
• Results & evaluation
• Why should you win this award?

Any entries that do not include information under all of these headings will be marked down. If appropriate you may include up to three pieces of supporting materials.




Remote Working Awards


2020 saw remote working become the norm due to the challenges of COVID-19. Remote working can be difficult to implement, support and manage, but business UK wide have risen to the challenge. Judges want to hear about best practice case studies which demonstrate how you and your team have adapted, thrived and profited in a new remote working environment.

Each entry must include information under the following headings:
• Total budget
• Target audience
• Objectives
• Strategy & implementation
• Results & evaluation
• Why should you win this award?

Any entries that do not include information under all of these headings will be marked down. If appropriate you may include up to three pieces of supporting materials.




Working Environment Awards


The working environment is an integral part of company culture, it is a space that encompasses the values and beliefs of your organisation. Safe, warm, fun, inclusive – we want to know how your environment came into being, how it has evolved and how it supports the productivity and ethos of your business. If you and your team are working remotely how have you re-created and re-positioned your environment. Judges want to see detail and photographs of the UK’s best workplaces.

Each entry must include information under the following headings:
• Total budget
• Target audience
• Strategy & implementation
• Challenges & triumphs
• Results & evaluation
• Why should you win this award?

Any entries that do not include information under all of these headings will be marked down. If appropriate you may include up to three pieces of supporting materials.




Individual Awards


Judges will be looking to reward individuals who demonstrate an ongoing and sustained commitment to delivering great company culture.

Each entry must include information under the following headings:
• Challenges faced and how these were overcome
• Details of recent achievements
• Evidence of how the individual has exceeded expectation
• Why should you win this award?

Any entries that do not include information under all of these headings will be marked down. If appropriate you may include up to three pieces of supporting materials.




Unifying Culture Award


Judges want to hear about successful mergers of company culture following a merger or acquisition. Change can create real challenges and unification of two distinct cultures difficult, tell us how you overcame the problems and brought teams together.

Each entry must include information under the following headings:
• Background
• Challenges faced
• Implementation
• Results
• Why should you win this award?

Any entries that do not include information under all of these headings will be marked down. If appropriate you may include up to three pieces of supporting materials.




Team / Agency Award


Judges want to recognise and celebrate exceptional businesses that nurtures, achieves and develops through initiatives embedded in their company culture - teams who work and play together to achieve outstanding success.

Each entry must include information under the following headings:
• Details of company culture
• Evidence positive impact / results of any initiatives
• Why should you win this award?

Any entries that do not include information under all of these headings will be marked down. If appropriate you may include up to three pieces of supporting materials.

 

Ethical, Transparent, Fair

Don’t Panic Projects, based in the UK, are one of the world’s most ethical and transparent awards organisers. Working with International, industry experts (who cannot enter the awards themselves) their robust, two-step judging process includes remote pre-scoring and virtual or face to face final judging sessions.

In partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University the entry process, categories and criteria are refined and developed to ensure the process is fair and trustworthy. Judges sign a judging code of conduct to ensure confidentiality and to provide peace of mind for entrants.

Don’t Panic are proud to display the Awards Trust Mark, an independent accreditation programme which validates the ethical process operated on all their awards.

Don’t Panic believe Company Culture Awards must have validity so that clients, business partners and employees can trust the system.