If you are struggling to think of a fair way to choose who to put forward, here are some suggestions:
- Use an existing staff recognition scheme.
- Check who in your scheme has been nominated in 2019 in one of the Top 10 job roles. Get their manager to write up their nomination
- Ask ‘Heads of’ the relevant departments to nominate one of their team and agree who and how to select your final nominations/nomination.
- If there has been a game changing project, customer win or product launch, identify with your management team which individuals in the 10 job categories have played a key role.
- Launch a peer-to-peer competition seeking nominations from within the company.
- Please note that the above processes take time to manage so we would urge you to start the selection process early (June/July).
Here are some top tips to help you get your nomination right and avoid the common mistakes made when submitting nominations.
Top tips for a top entry…
1. Get the basics right
Keep it simple, write in plain English, and get someone to properly proof-read the whole thing before submitting.
2. Explain how the employee has contributed to your company’s success.
Use your 200 word submission wisely and remember that it is vital to include evidence:
- Share how the employee supported the business’s growth in particular their personal key achievements of 2019.
- Include evidence of these achievements. This should be supported by data and/or feedback from their manager/a customer/their peers.
3. Be honest
Tell it like it is. If there have been difficulties to overcome and the individual nominated has helped you in this, then tell us. We know businesses don’t necessarily have a steep upward curve, there are bumps in the road where resilience is vital. (NB this will not be shared publicly)
4. Back up claims with evidence
Claims that the individual delivers “unparalleled service” need to be backed up with specific, unarguable examples.
5. Avoid meaningless marketing speak
Avoid business clichés – just explain what you mean in plain English. Be specific and simply communicate your employee’s true strengths.
6. Keep it clear and simple
Bullet points, bold font and paragraphs make your application easier to read and communicate the key strengths quickly.
7. Get the right people to write it
Your PR or marketing department, or the agency you use, will normally be the best option as long as you share the evidence that will help them put the nomination together.
8. Don’t leave it until the last minute
It might seem obvious but putting the application off until deadline day is likely to see you make mistakes and may mean you fail to nominate the right person.