Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards 

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Chris Robinson

MD & Founder,
Boost Awards

Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards – how to enter and how to win

The Brandon Hall Excellence Awards first launched back in 1994, focused initially on the very earliest in digital learning. Over the subsequent years the Brandon Hall Awards have grown in scope to encompass numerous other areas of HR, and have similarly grown in popularity with entrants from around the world including leading corporations, as well as mid-market and smaller firms. The awards are divided into a spring program (Brandon Hall Human Capital Management Excellence Awards), and Fall Program (Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards).

The awards have an excellent process of selecting who earns an award and what color (gold/silver/bronze). There are no less than two hundred judging panel members, consisting of independent senior industry subject matter experts and practitioners, and Brandon Hall Group research analysts and executive leadership. They have a simple but rigorous scoring system (see later) and each entry is not only evaluated by the Excellence Awards Judging Panel, the evaluations are also reviewed by the Excellence Awards team, led by Brandon Hall Group’s Chief Operating Officer and Excellence Awards Program Head.

Here at Boost Awards, we have helped our clients enter and win multiple Brandon Hall Excellence Awards for many years, so to find out what a winning story looks like, when and how to enter, and how to maximize your chances of a gold Brandon Hall Award, please read on.

When are the Brandon Hall Excellence Awards’ deadlines?

The Brandon Hall Excellence Awards have two deadlines in the year:

  • Brandon Hall Excellence in Human Capital Management Awards (Spring Program) open in March and have a deadline of mid April.
  • Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards (Fall Program) open late April and have a deadline of early September.

If you are thinking of entering one or both of them please allow plenty of time, and if nothing else, ensure you start gathering your evidence of effectiveness well in advance (our subsidiary Boost Evaluation can help measure learning impact here).

What stories should you enter?

The two programs differ in who they attract and the sorts of stories they are looking for. The first – The Excellence in Human Capital Management Spring Program – focus squarely on projects and programs which have been implemented within single named organizations. A vendor (solution provider or consultant) can be named on the application for sure, but what they are not looking for is submissions about general offerings, courses, products or services (“helping organizations cannot enter alone”) – these should be entered into the other program.

The second award – The Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Fall Program – is very different. This is particularly appealing to vendors and suppliers of technology solutions for learning, talent management, HR and workforce management. This is because the categories largely focus on products and services. They can enter case studies to illustrate their entries, but these will not be the focus.

brandon hall excellence awards 2020 ceremony

What does a winning entry look like?

The stories entered have to come across as some sort of “advance in…” and have the following qualities:

  • Client-side support: The HCM Awards need to focus on single projects, so whether it is the organization using the client entering solo, or the vendor entering a case study, the project needs to name the organization and ideally share meaningful data and a senior endorsement.
  • Evidence of robust evaluation and impact data: These are ultimately effectiveness awards, so the HCM awards need evidence of one implementation being effective, and the Technology awards need evidence of the product or service being effective in general. A few testimonials and happy sheet scores are not enough here. It must be impact on behavior, culture and business performance.
  • Alignment: The project must be important to the client or clients cited, and there must be evidence of there being a rigorous process of listening to the business and learner needs followed by an alignment of the design to these.
  • A great story: Your journey needs to tell a story, ideally with passion and clarity. Creating an entry by copy/pasting stuff together might appear to tick the boxes, but just will not impress these seasoned professionals. The entry form and scoring lend themselves to you evidencing best practice at every stage from concept testing and alignment, to evaluation and sharing lessons learned.
  • Uniqueness: Most categories are for some sort of advance, so you need to help the judges get what this advance is. In the Technology program this must be outlined in the innovation section and illustrated with a demo, and in the HCM awards this needs to be spelt out in the design and delivery section. Do not expect the judges to be able to work out the uniqueness themselves unaided – you need to make it clear and show evidence to support your statement. Simply saying “this was an innovative product/project” unqualified is not enough. But don’t worry, you don’t have to have invented something new, uniqueness can take the form of speed, sector leadership, creativity or overcoming adversity.

How are the entries scored?

The awards feature a single stage only, so winning is entirely based on the content of your written application.  The way the entries are scored reflects what we have outlined so far, and is as follows:

The Human Capital Management Spring Program judges score entries on a scale of 1-6 on each of these criteria:

  • ONE: Fit to the Needs
  • TWO: Design and Delivery of the Program
  • THREE: Adoption of the Program
  • FOUR: Measurable Benefits
  • FIVE: Overall

The Excellence In Technology Fall Program judges score entries on a scale of 1-6 on each of these criteria:

  • ONE: Value Proposition
  • TWO: Innovation
  • THREE: Unique Differentiators
  • FOUR: Demo
  • FIVE: Measurable Results
brandon hall technology awards
brandon hall human capital management awards

What are the rules?

As with all awards, you need to read the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter. It would be terrible to deserve an award, create a great entry, then lose out on a technicality…. So… here are the main rules you should bear in mind:

  • Your entry should be written into a Microsoft Word template and submitted in this format.
  • You can add images as well as text into this template, but you must stick to the fonts and formatting styles within the form.
  • The final entry should be approximately 15 pages, font size Calibri 12, not including the instructions.
  • If you have additional supporting information, you may include it in the appropriate sections of the entry form or in an appendix at the end of the document.
  • Write using the third person. Do not use “we, our, us,” etc.
  • If applicable, you are allowed to provide supporting reports, video, and links to courses. But don’t assume the judges will happily endure tons of content or many minutes of videos.
  • The entry might be published, but you can keep content confidential by marking these sections in the form in red.
  • You upload the final entry through the award application site. Not via email.

Is there a ceremony?

These awards unusually didn’t have a ceremony, and winners were invited instead to the annual HCM Excellence Conference.

In 2022 a new awards format is being introduced, featuring entertainment and a sit-down dinner, supplementing the traditional trophy presentations. In common with the previous approach, there will still be examples of success presented, complete with a lessons learned session. The ceremony is followed by a gala reception.

Although the event is attractive and we would recommend attending, you are under no pressure to attend and it will not affect the scoring. In fact the vast majority of our clients who have entered have won without attending any event.

brandon hall human capital management awards ceremony

What are the categories?

With hundreds of categories spread over both programs, click below to see the full list of categories and sub-categories available to enter. 

Brandon Hall Human Capital Management Awards

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Best Association Professional Development Program
  • Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development
  • Best Advance in Compliance Training
  • Best Advance in Creating a Learning Strategy
  • Best Advance in Creating an Extended Enterprise Learning Program
  • Best Advance in Custom Content
  • Best Advance in Establishing Governance to Guide Learning Decisions
  • Best Advance in Learning Measurement
  • Best Advance in Learning Technology Implementation
  • Best Advance in Machine Learning and AI
  • Best Advance in Training Programs That Require Global Accessibility Standards
  • Best Certification Program
  • Best Customer Training Program
  • Best Hybrid Learning Program
  • Best Launch of a Corporate Learning University
  • Best Learning Program Supporting A Change Transformation Business Strategy
  • Best Learning Team
  • Best Results of a Learning Program
  • Best Strategy for A Corporate Learning University
  • Best Team Development Program
  • Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program
  • Best University Professional Development Program
  • Best Use of Blended Learning
  • Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning
  • Best Use of Mobile Learning
  • Best Use of Performance Support
  • Best Use of Section 508 Requirements for Training Platforms
  • Best Use of Social Collaborative Learning
  • Best Use of Video for Learning
  • Best Use of Virtual Worlds for Learning

TALENT MANAGEMENT

  • Best Advance in Assessment Utilization to Guide Talent Decisions
  • Best Advance in Big Data to Inform and Predict Talent Strategy
  • Best Advance in Competency Management
  • Best Advance in Corporate Culture Transformation
  • Best Advance in Creating a Talent Management Strategy
  • Best Advance in Employee Engagement
  • Best Advance in Employee Recognition Program
  • Best Advance in Establishing Governance to Guide Talent Decisions
  • Best Advance in High Potential Development
  • Best Advance in Measuring the Impact of a Talent Strategy
  • Best Advance in Performance Management
  • Best Advance in Succession and Career Management
  • Best Advance in Talent Management Technology Implementation
  • Best Employee Value Proposition (EVP)
  • Best Team Development Program
  • Best Unique or Innovative Talent Management Program

TALENT ACQUISITION

  • Best Advance in Candidate Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Best Advance in Interviewing Strategy
  • Best Advance in Selecting and Onboarding Interns
  • Best Advance in Talent Acquisition Process
  • Best Candidate Experience
  • Best New Hire Onboarding Program
  • Best Recruitment Marketing and Employer Branding Program
  • Best Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Approach
  • Best Social Talent Acquisition Strategy
  • Best Sourcing and Assessment Strategy
  • Best Unique or Innovative Talent Acquisition Program

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

  • Best Advance in Coaching and Mentoring
  • Best Advance in Establishing Governance to Guide Leadership and Leadership Development Decisions
  • Best Advance in Executive Development
  • Best Advance in Leadership Development
  • Best Advance in Leadership Development Competency Models
  • Best Advance in Measuring the Impact of Leadership Development
  • Best Advance in Senior Manager Development
  • Best Advance in Talent Mobility
  • Best Development Program for Frontline Leaders
  • Best Unique or Innovative Leadership Program
  • Rising Stars

HUMAN RESOURCES

  • Best Advance in Benefits Strategy and Administration
  • Best Advance in HR Data Analytics
  • Best Advance in Payroll Strategy and Administration
  • Best Advance in Social Impact Innovation
  • Best Advance in Workforce Planning and Management
  • Best Benefits, Wellness and Well-Being Program
  • Best HR Strategy and Measurement Approach
  • Best Strategy for Corporate Citizenship
  • Best Unique or Innovative Human Resources Program

SALES PERFORMANCE

  • Best Model of a Growth Focused Organization
  • Best Program for Sales Training and Performance
  • Best Sales Leadership Development Program
  • Best Sales Onboarding Program
  • Best Sales Operations Strategy
  • Best Sales Talent Management Program
  • Best Sales Training Program for Extended Enterprise
  • Best Talent Acquisition Process for Hiring Sales Professionals
  • Best Team Development Program for Sales Teams
  • Best Unique or Innovative Sales Training Program
  • Best Use of a Customer Relationship Management Solution
  • Best Use of Learning and Talent Technologies

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

  • Best Advance in a Diversity Recruiting Strategy
  • Best Advance in Leadership Development for Racial/Ethnic Minorities
  • Best Advance in Leadership Development for Women
  • Best Advance in Leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
  • Best Advance in Measuring Diversity, Equity or Inclusion
  • Best Advance in Mentoring to Develop Diverse Leaders
  • Best Corporate Outreach to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in Communities
  • Best Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy
  • Best Governance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Best Learning Program for Unconscious Bias Awareness
  • Best Learning Program that Supports and Promotes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Best Use of Employee Resource Groups to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

FUTURE OF WORK

  • Best Advance for Leading Under a Crisis
  • Best Advance in AI for Business Impact
  • Best Advance in Predictive Analytics
  • Best Advance in Business Automation
  • Best Advance in Business Strategy
  • Best Advance in Managing a Remote or Hybrid Workforce
  • Best Approach to HCM Innovation

Best Program for Upskilling Employees

Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Best Advance in Learning Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Learning Management Technology for External Training
  • Best Advance in Learning Management Technology for Compliance Training
  • Best Advance in Performance Support Technology
  • Best Advance in Content Authoring Technology
  • Best Advance in Content Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Technology for Testing or Learning Evaluation
  • Best Advance in Mobile Learning Technology
  • Best Advance in Social Learning Technology
  • Best Advance in Technology for Virtual-Classroom or Conferencing Technology
  • Best Advance in Gaming or Simulation Technology
  • Best Advance in AI and Machine Learning
  • Best Advance in Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Best Advance in Learning Management Measurement/Business Impact Tools
  • Best Advance in Software for a Training Company
  • Best Advance in Technology for Crisis Management
  • Best Advance in Performance Support Technology for Crisis Management
  • Best Advance in Learning Management Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
  • Best Advance in ILT Management and Delivery
  • Best Advance in Emerging Learning Technology
  • Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology
  • Best Advance in Video for Learning

TALENT MANAGEMENT

  • Best Advance in an Integrated Talent Management Platform
  • Best Advance in Social Talent Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Employee Engagement Technology
  • Best Advance in Talent Management Measurement/Business Impact Tools
  • Best Advance in Succession Management Technology and Tools
  • Best Advance in Leadership Simulation Tools
  • Best Advance in Performance Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Performance Management Technology for Crisis Management
  • Best Advance in Online Coaching Tools
  • Best Advance in Online Mentoring Tools
  • Best Advance in Career Management or Planning Technology
  • Best Advance in Technology for Crisis Management
  • Best Advance in Talent Management Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
  • Best Advance in Emerging Talent Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Unique Talent Management Technology

TALENT ACQUISITION

  • Best Advance in Talent Acquisition Technology
  • Best Advance in Candidate Experience Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Sourcing Technology
  • Best Advance in Candidate Assessments Technology
  • Best Advance in Onboarding Technology
  • Best Advance in Recruitment Marketing Technology
  • Best Advance in Social Talent Acquisition Technology
  • Best Advance in Mobile Talent Acquisition Technology
  • Best Advance in Employee Referral Technology
  • Best Advance in Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Technology
  • Best Advance in Talent Acquisition Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
  • Best Advance in Emerging Talent Acquisition Technology
  • Best Advance in Unique Talent Acquisition Technology

WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

  • Best Advance in Time and Labor management (time and attendance, scheduling, absence and leave management, compliance, self-service)
  • Best Advance in Compensation and Benefits and/or Payroll Administration
  • Best Advance in HR Predictive Analytics Technology
  • Best Advance in Rewards and Recognition Technology
  • Best Advance in Assessment and Survey Technology
  • Best Advance in Technology for Readapting to the Workplace and Workplace Culture
  • Best Advance in HR or Workforce Management Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
  • Best Advance in Emerging Workforce Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Unique HR or Workforce Management Technology

SALES ENABLEMENT

  • Best Advance in Sales Enablement and Performance Tools
  • Best Advance in Mobile Sales Enablement and Performance Tools
  • Best Advance in Client Relationship Management Automation
  • Best Advance in Sales Training Online Application
  • Best Advance in Client Acquisition and Retention Technology
  • Best Advance in Sales Enablement Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
  • Best Advance in Emerging Sales Enablement Technology
  • Best Advance in Unique Sales Enablement Technology

FUTURE OF WORK

  • Best Advance in Business Automation
  • Best Advance in Business Strategy and Technology Innovation
  • Best Advance in AI for Business Impact
  • Best Advance in Technology Innovation for the Remote Workforce
  • Best Advance for Leading Under a Crisis
  • Best Advance in Corporate Wellbeing Technology
  • Best Advance in Social Impact Innovation
  • Best Advance in Diversity and Inclusion Innovation

How much does it cost?

The entry fees for these awards are comparable to other US-based schemes:

  • Brandon Hall Human Capital Management Excellence Awards: $575 USD
  • Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards: $795 USD

Next steps?

As you will have seen, the Brandon Hall Excellence Awards offer a great combination of heritage, credibility, rigor, and choice. That is why we recommend them regularly to clients in the learning and workforce management space, and wanted to share our insights from winning them through this article.

These awards are time-consuming to enter and highly competitive. If you need a hand entering and want to increase your chances of a winning entry, then I recommend you let us help with the creation of your written submission. Boost Awards is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy (and entirely independent from The Brandon Hall Group). We’ve been successfully helping clients win Brandon Hall Awards for many years and are more experienced than any other agency in the world when it comes to these awards. Details of our award entry writing services can be found here.

I would be happy to give you a call to help you double check your chances of success and explain our pricing options. You can contact Boost via our contact form or email me directly via chris.robinson@boost-awards.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you win Brandon Hall Awards.

Chris.

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Useful links and further information

Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Homepage: https://excellenceawards.brandonhall.com/

Brandon Hall Human Capital Management Awards (Spring Program): https://excellenceawards.brandonhall.com/hcm/ 

Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards (Fall Program): https://excellenceawards.brandonhall.com/technology/

If you would like to contact the organizers they can be emailed at awards@brandonhall.com

If you need help writing your award entry, please contact Boost Awards using info@boost-awards.co.uk or me personally via chris.robinson@boost-awards.co.uk

 

(C) This article was written by Chris Robinson and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards. Thank you to the Brandon Hall Group for providing information and permission to use imagery from their past ceremonies. 

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Chris Robinson

MD & Founder,
Boost Awards

Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards – how to enter and how to win

The Brandon Hall Excellence Awards first launched back in 1994, focused initially on the very earliest in digital learning. Over the subsequent years the Brandon Hall Awards have grown in scope to encompass numerous other areas of HR, and have similarly grown in popularity with entrants from around the world including leading corporations, as well as mid-market and smaller firms. The awards are divided into a spring program (Brandon Hall Human Capital Management Excellence Awards), and Fall Program (Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards).

The awards have an excellent process of selecting who earns an award and what color (gold/silver/bronze). There are no less than two hundred judging panel members, consisting of independent senior industry subject matter experts and practitioners, and Brandon Hall Group research analysts and executive leadership. They have a simple but rigorous scoring system (see later) and each entry is not only evaluated by the Excellence Awards Judging Panel, the evaluations are also reviewed by the Excellence Awards team, led by Brandon Hall Group’s Chief Operating Officer and Excellence Awards Program Head.

Here at Boost Awards, we have helped our clients enter and win multiple Brandon Hall Excellence Awards for many years, so to find out what a winning story looks like, when and how to enter, and how to maximize your chances of a gold Brandon Hall Award, please read on.

When are the Brandon Hall Excellence Awards’ deadlines?

The Brandon Hall Excellence Awards have two deadlines in the year:

  • Brandon Hall Excellence in Human Capital Management Awards (Spring Program) open in March and have a deadline of mid April.
  • Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards (Fall Program) open late April and have a deadline of early September.

If you are thinking of entering one or both of them please allow plenty of time, and if nothing else, ensure you start gathering your evidence of effectiveness well in advance (our subsidiary Boost Evaluation can help measure learning impact here).

brandon hall excellence awards 2020 ceremony

What stories should you enter?

The two programs differ in who they attract and the sorts of stories they are looking for. The first – The Excellence in Human Capital Management Spring Program – focus squarely on projects and programs which have been implemented within single named organizations. A vendor (solution provider or consultant) can be named on the application for sure, but what they are not looking for is submissions about general offerings, courses, products or services (“helping organizations cannot enter alone”) – these should be entered into the other program.

The second award – The Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Fall Program – is very different. This is particularly appealing to vendors and suppliers of technology solutions for learning, talent management, HR and workforce management. This is because the categories largely focus on products and services. They can enter case studies to illustrate their entries, but these will not be the focus.

brandon hall technology awards

What does a winning entry look like?

The stories entered have to come across as some sort of “advance in…” and have the following qualities:

  • Client-side support: The HCM Awards need to focus on single projects, so whether it is the organization using the client entering solo, or the vendor entering a case study, the project needs to name the organization and ideally share meaningful data and a senior endorsement.
  • Evidence of robust evaluation and impact data: These are ultimately effectiveness awards, so the HCM awards need evidence of one implementation being effective, and the Technology awards need evidence of the product or service being effective in general. A few testimonials and happy sheet scores are not enough here. It must be impact on behavior, culture and business performance.
  • Alignment: The project must be important to the client or clients cited, and there must be evidence of there being a rigorous process of listening to the business and learner needs followed by an alignment of the design to these.
  • A great story: Your journey needs to tell a story, ideally with passion and clarity. Creating an entry by copy/pasting stuff together might appear to tick the boxes, but just will not impress these seasoned professionals. The entry form and scoring lend themselves to you evidencing best practice at every stage from concept testing and alignment, to evaluation and sharing lessons learned.
  • Uniqueness: Most categories are for some sort of advance, so you need to help the judges get what this advance is. In the Technology program this must be outlined in the innovation section and illustrated with a demo, and in the HCM awards this needs to be spelt out in the design and delivery section. Do not expect the judges to be able to work out the uniqueness themselves unaided – you need to make it clear and show evidence to support your statement. Simply saying “this was an innovative product/project” unqualified is not enough. But don’t worry, you don’t have to have invented something new, uniqueness can take the form of speed, sector leadership, creativity or overcoming adversity.
brandon hall human capital management awards

How are the entries scored?

The awards feature a single stage only, so winning is entirely based on the content of your written application.  The way the entries are scored reflects what we have outlined so far, and is as follows:

The Human Capital Management Spring Program judges score entries on a scale of 1-6 on each of these criteria:

  • ONE: Fit to the Needs
  • TWO: Design and Delivery of the Program
  • THREE: Adoption of the Program
  • FOUR: Measurable Benefits
  • FIVE: Overall

The Excellence In Technology Fall Program judges score entries on a scale of 1-6 on each of these criteria:

  • ONE: Value Proposition
  • TWO: Innovation
  • THREE: Unique Differentiators
  • FOUR: Demo
  • FIVE: Measurable Results

What are the rules?

 

As with all awards, you need to read the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter. It would be terrible to deserve an award, create a great entry, then lose out on a technicality…. So… here are the main rules you should bear in mind:

  • Your entry should be written into a Microsoft Word template and submitted in this format.
  • You can add images as well as text into this template, but you must stick to the fonts and formatting styles within the form.
  • The final entry should be approximately 15 pages, font size Calibri 12, not including the instructions.
  • If you have additional supporting information, you may include it in the appropriate sections of the entry form or in an appendix at the end of the document.
  • Write using the third person. Do not use “we, our, us,” etc.
  • If applicable, you are allowed to provide supporting reports, video, and links to courses. But don’t assume the judges will happily endure tons of content or many minutes of videos.
  • The entry might be published, but you can keep content confidential by marking these sections in the form in red.
  • You upload the final entry through the award application site. Not via email.
brandon hall human capital management awards ceremony

Is there a ceremony?

These awards unusually didn’t have a ceremony, and winners were invited instead to the annual HCM Excellence Conference.

In 2022 a new awards format is being introduced, featuring entertainment and a sit-down dinner, supplementing the traditional trophy presentations. In common with the previous approach, there will still be examples of success presented, complete with a lessons learned session. The ceremony is followed by a gala reception.

Although the event is attractive and we would recommend attending, you are under no pressure to attend and it will not affect the scoring. In fact the vast majority of our clients who have entered have won without attending any event.

What are the categories?

With hundreds of categories spread over both programs, click below to see the full list of categories and sub-categories available to enter. 

Brandon Hall Human Capital Management Awards

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Best Association Professional Development Program
  • Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development
  • Best Advance in Compliance Training
  • Best Advance in Creating a Learning Strategy
  • Best Advance in Creating an Extended Enterprise Learning Program
  • Best Advance in Custom Content
  • Best Advance in Establishing Governance to Guide Learning Decisions
  • Best Advance in Learning Measurement
  • Best Advance in Learning Technology Implementation
  • Best Advance in Machine Learning and AI
  • Best Advance in Training Programs That Require Global Accessibility Standards
  • Best Certification Program
  • Best Customer Training Program
  • Best Hybrid Learning Program
  • Best Launch of a Corporate Learning University
  • Best Learning Program Supporting A Change Transformation Business Strategy
  • Best Learning Team
  • Best Results of a Learning Program
  • Best Strategy for A Corporate Learning University
  • Best Team Development Program
  • Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program
  • Best University Professional Development Program
  • Best Use of Blended Learning
  • Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning
  • Best Use of Mobile Learning
  • Best Use of Performance Support
  • Best Use of Section 508 Requirements for Training Platforms
  • Best Use of Social Collaborative Learning
  • Best Use of Video for Learning
  • Best Use of Virtual Worlds for Learning

TALENT MANAGEMENT

  • Best Advance in Assessment Utilization to Guide Talent Decisions
  • Best Advance in Big Data to Inform and Predict Talent Strategy
  • Best Advance in Competency Management
  • Best Advance in Corporate Culture Transformation
  • Best Advance in Creating a Talent Management Strategy
  • Best Advance in Employee Engagement
  • Best Advance in Employee Recognition Program
  • Best Advance in Establishing Governance to Guide Talent Decisions
  • Best Advance in High Potential Development
  • Best Advance in Measuring the Impact of a Talent Strategy
  • Best Advance in Performance Management
  • Best Advance in Succession and Career Management
  • Best Advance in Talent Management Technology Implementation
  • Best Employee Value Proposition (EVP)
  • Best Team Development Program
  • Best Unique or Innovative Talent Management Program

TALENT ACQUISITION

  • Best Advance in Candidate Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Best Advance in Interviewing Strategy
  • Best Advance in Selecting and Onboarding Interns
  • Best Advance in Talent Acquisition Process
  • Best Candidate Experience
  • Best New Hire Onboarding Program
  • Best Recruitment Marketing and Employer Branding Program
  • Best Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Approach
  • Best Social Talent Acquisition Strategy
  • Best Sourcing and Assessment Strategy
  • Best Unique or Innovative Talent Acquisition Program

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

  • Best Advance in Coaching and Mentoring
  • Best Advance in Establishing Governance to Guide Leadership and Leadership Development Decisions
  • Best Advance in Executive Development
  • Best Advance in Leadership Development
  • Best Advance in Leadership Development Competency Models
  • Best Advance in Measuring the Impact of Leadership Development
  • Best Advance in Senior Manager Development
  • Best Advance in Talent Mobility
  • Best Development Program for Frontline Leaders
  • Best Unique or Innovative Leadership Program
  • Rising Stars

HUMAN RESOURCES

  • Best Advance in Benefits Strategy and Administration
  • Best Advance in HR Data Analytics
  • Best Advance in Payroll Strategy and Administration
  • Best Advance in Social Impact Innovation
  • Best Advance in Workforce Planning and Management
  • Best Benefits, Wellness and Well-Being Program
  • Best HR Strategy and Measurement Approach
  • Best Strategy for Corporate Citizenship
  • Best Unique or Innovative Human Resources Program

SALES PERFORMANCE

  • Best Model of a Growth Focused Organization
  • Best Program for Sales Training and Performance
  • Best Sales Leadership Development Program
  • Best Sales Onboarding Program
  • Best Sales Operations Strategy
  • Best Sales Talent Management Program
  • Best Sales Training Program for Extended Enterprise
  • Best Talent Acquisition Process for Hiring Sales Professionals
  • Best Team Development Program for Sales Teams
  • Best Unique or Innovative Sales Training Program
  • Best Use of a Customer Relationship Management Solution
  • Best Use of Learning and Talent Technologies

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

  • Best Advance in a Diversity Recruiting Strategy
  • Best Advance in Leadership Development for Racial/Ethnic Minorities
  • Best Advance in Leadership Development for Women
  • Best Advance in Leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
  • Best Advance in Measuring Diversity, Equity or Inclusion
  • Best Advance in Mentoring to Develop Diverse Leaders
  • Best Corporate Outreach to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in Communities
  • Best Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy
  • Best Governance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Best Learning Program for Unconscious Bias Awareness
  • Best Learning Program that Supports and Promotes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Best Use of Employee Resource Groups to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

FUTURE OF WORK

  • Best Advance for Leading Under a Crisis
  • Best Advance in AI for Business Impact
  • Best Advance in Predictive Analytics
  • Best Advance in Business Automation
  • Best Advance in Business Strategy
  • Best Advance in Managing a Remote or Hybrid Workforce
  • Best Approach to HCM Innovation

Best Program for Upskilling Employees

Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Best Advance in Learning Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Learning Management Technology for External Training
  • Best Advance in Learning Management Technology for Compliance Training
  • Best Advance in Performance Support Technology
  • Best Advance in Content Authoring Technology
  • Best Advance in Content Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Technology for Testing or Learning Evaluation
  • Best Advance in Mobile Learning Technology
  • Best Advance in Social Learning Technology
  • Best Advance in Technology for Virtual-Classroom or Conferencing Technology
  • Best Advance in Gaming or Simulation Technology
  • Best Advance in AI and Machine Learning
  • Best Advance in Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Best Advance in Learning Management Measurement/Business Impact Tools
  • Best Advance in Software for a Training Company
  • Best Advance in Technology for Crisis Management
  • Best Advance in Performance Support Technology for Crisis Management
  • Best Advance in Learning Management Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
  • Best Advance in ILT Management and Delivery
  • Best Advance in Emerging Learning Technology
  • Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology
  • Best Advance in Video for Learning

TALENT MANAGEMENT

  • Best Advance in an Integrated Talent Management Platform
  • Best Advance in Social Talent Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Employee Engagement Technology
  • Best Advance in Talent Management Measurement/Business Impact Tools
  • Best Advance in Succession Management Technology and Tools
  • Best Advance in Leadership Simulation Tools
  • Best Advance in Performance Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Performance Management Technology for Crisis Management
  • Best Advance in Online Coaching Tools
  • Best Advance in Online Mentoring Tools
  • Best Advance in Career Management or Planning Technology
  • Best Advance in Technology for Crisis Management
  • Best Advance in Talent Management Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
  • Best Advance in Emerging Talent Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Unique Talent Management Technology

TALENT ACQUISITION

  • Best Advance in Talent Acquisition Technology
  • Best Advance in Candidate Experience Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Sourcing Technology
  • Best Advance in Candidate Assessments Technology
  • Best Advance in Onboarding Technology
  • Best Advance in Recruitment Marketing Technology
  • Best Advance in Social Talent Acquisition Technology
  • Best Advance in Mobile Talent Acquisition Technology
  • Best Advance in Employee Referral Technology
  • Best Advance in Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Technology
  • Best Advance in Talent Acquisition Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
  • Best Advance in Emerging Talent Acquisition Technology
  • Best Advance in Unique Talent Acquisition Technology

WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

  • Best Advance in Time and Labor management (time and attendance, scheduling, absence and leave management, compliance, self-service)
  • Best Advance in Compensation and Benefits and/or Payroll Administration
  • Best Advance in HR Predictive Analytics Technology
  • Best Advance in Rewards and Recognition Technology
  • Best Advance in Assessment and Survey Technology
  • Best Advance in Technology for Readapting to the Workplace and Workplace Culture
  • Best Advance in HR or Workforce Management Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
  • Best Advance in Emerging Workforce Management Technology
  • Best Advance in Unique HR or Workforce Management Technology

SALES ENABLEMENT

  • Best Advance in Sales Enablement and Performance Tools
  • Best Advance in Mobile Sales Enablement and Performance Tools
  • Best Advance in Client Relationship Management Automation
  • Best Advance in Sales Training Online Application
  • Best Advance in Client Acquisition and Retention Technology
  • Best Advance in Sales Enablement Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
  • Best Advance in Emerging Sales Enablement Technology
  • Best Advance in Unique Sales Enablement Technology

FUTURE OF WORK

  • Best Advance in Business Automation
  • Best Advance in Business Strategy and Technology Innovation
  • Best Advance in AI for Business Impact
  • Best Advance in Technology Innovation for the Remote Workforce
  • Best Advance for Leading Under a Crisis
  • Best Advance in Corporate Wellbeing Technology
  • Best Advance in Social Impact Innovation
  • Best Advance in Diversity and Inclusion Innovation

How much does it cost?

The entry fees for these awards are comparable to other US-based schemes:

  • Brandon Hall Human Capital Management Excellence Awards: $575 USD
  • Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards: $795 USD

Next steps?

As you will have seen, the Brandon Hall Excellence Awards offer a great combination of heritage, credibility, rigor, and choice. That is why we recommend them regularly to clients in the learning and workforce management space, and wanted to share our insights from winning them through this article.

These awards are time-consuming to enter and highly competitive. If you need a hand entering and want to increase your chances of a winning entry, then I recommend you let us help with the creation of your written submission. Boost Awards is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy (and entirely independent from The Brandon Hall Group). We’ve been successfully helping clients win Brandon Hall Awards for many years and are more experienced than any other agency in the world when it comes to these awards. Details of our award entry writing services can be found here.

I would be happy to give you a call to help you double check your chances of success and explain our pricing options. You can contact Boost via our contact form or email me directly via chris.robinson@boost-awards.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you win Brandon Hall Awards.

Chris.

Useful links and further information

Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Homepage: https://excellenceawards.brandonhall.com/

Brandon Hall Human Capital Management Awards (Spring Program): https://excellenceawards.brandonhall.com/hcm/ 

Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards (Fall Program): https://excellenceawards.brandonhall.com/technology/

If you would like to contact the organizers they can be emailed at awards@brandonhall.com

If you need help writing your award entry, please contact Boost Awards using info@boost-awards.co.uk or me personally via chris.robinson@boost-awards.co.uk

 

(C) This article was written by Chris Robinson and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards. Thank you to the Brandon Hall Group for providing information and permission to use imagery from their past ceremonies. 

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