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Northeast Ohio’s HR professionals have been front and center in managing company and organizational responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. From stay-at-home orders and furloughs to unemployment, public health measures and the new realities of the workplace, the HR professionals of today are navigating uncertain and choppy waters more than ever.

And, of course, that’s on top of the full course of employee-related efforts already in progress before the world turned upside down.

This year’s Excellence in HR Awards are designed to honor and highlight the full scope of work done by NEO’s HR professionals, from companies large and small, and from all sectors, including the nonprofit realm.

We’re in search of stories of innovation and creativity to celebrate, and case studies from which we all can learn.

PLEASE NOTE: Multiple awards will likely be given in each category, based on the size and types of companies included in nominations.

AWARDS ARE AVAILABLE IN FIVE CATEGORIES. 

PLEASE NOTE: Multiple awards will likely be given in each category, based on the size and types of companies included in nominations.

+ OVERALL EXCELLENCE -- HR EXECUTIVE/TEAM OF THE YEAR

How did you/your team help drive or maintain business results/performance/strategy through the pandemic and beyond? Please tell a specific and detailed story about how you assisted the company or organization in achieving a strategic goal and managing uncertain times. The strongest examples will include clear metrics.

+ RISING STAR

How did you/your team help drive or maintain business results/performance/strategy through the pandemic and beyond? Please tell a specific and detailed story about how you assisted the company or organization in achieving a strategic goal and managing uncertain times. The strongest examples will include clear metrics.

+ “ACCIDENTAL” HR LEADER

How did you/your team help drive or maintain business results/performance/strategy through the pandemic and beyond? Please tell a specific and detailed story about how you assisted the company or organization in achieving a strategic goal and managing uncertain times. The strongest examples will include clear metrics.

+ EMPLOYEE ADVOCACY AWARD

How did you/your team help drive or maintain business results/performance/strategy through the pandemic and beyond? Please tell a specific and detailed story about how you assisted the company or organization in achieving a strategic goal and managing uncertain times. The strongest examples will include clear metrics.

+ DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND EQUITY AWARD
Have you shown measurable improvement not only in the diversity of your workforce but in how your employees feel like an included and valued part of the team and are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work? We will be looking for HR professionals/teams who have successfully made the business case to the company's top executives for investing in diversity, inclusion and equity.

The deadline to nominate is June 3. Visit this preview to get a glimpse of the application. 

NOMINATE HERE


All information submitted as part of this application is considered on the record. We reserve the right to publish any information provided if an applicant is selected for an award.

The deadline to nominate is June 3.

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Diversity will be taken into consideration when selecting honorees, including as it relates to the businesses and industries represented, as well as geography, age, race, culture, gender and experience.
 

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