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Awards

Celebrating Great People Doing Great Work

The Virtual Future Workplace Awards: 10 November 2020

200+ Award Submissions | 350+ Attendees | 20+ Expert Judges | 21 Award Categories | 1 Exciting Virtual Evening

Announcing the 2020 Future Workplace Awards Winners and Mark Of Excellence Achievers!

  Congratulations to all those that made the shortlist, achieved a Mark of Excellence and our Winners! 


Best Employee Engagement Strategy
Best Employee Engagement Strategy

WINNER
Etisalat

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Fitness First

Best Corporate Wellbeing Programme
Best Corporate Wellbeing Programme

WINNER
Schneider Electric

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Landmark Group 

Best Diversity & Inclusion Strategy
Best Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

WINNER
National Aviation Services (NAS) 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
McDermott 


Best Reward & Recognition Strategy
Best Reward & Recognition Strategy

WINNER
Ejadah 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Nahdi Medical Company 

Best Recruitment & Onboarding Strategy
Best Recruitment & Onboarding Strategy

WINNER
Kerten Hospitality 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD) & Propel International AND Riyad Bank 

Best Social Impact Initiative
Best Social Impact Initiative

WINNER
Landmark Group 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Engage Me Management Consultancy 


Best Innovative HR Initiative
Best Innovative HR Initiative

WINNER
stc 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
General Authority of Zakat & Tax (GAZT) 

Best Innovative L&D Initiative
Best Innovative L&D Initiative

WINNER
Etisalat 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Saudi Aramco 



HR Team of the Year
HR Team of the Year

WINNER
MB Holding LLC 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC) 


Best HR Transformation & Change Management Strategy
Best HR Transformation & Change Management Strategy

WINNER
Kuwait Aviation Fuelling Company (KAFCO) 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Emirates Steel 

Employer of the Year
Employer of the Year

WINNER
Ejadah 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
National Aviation Services (NAS) 

Best Talent Management Strategy
Best Talent Management Strategy

WINNER
MB Petroleum Services LLC 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Information Security Department/ Saudi Aramco 


Best Executive & Leadership Development Programme
Best Executive & Leadership Development Programme

WINNER
Etisalat 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Fitness First Middle East 

Best Women Development & Leadership Programme
Best Women Development & Leadership Programme

WINNER
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
TATA Consultancy Services 

Best HR Analytics Strategy
Best HR Analytics Strategy

WINNER
Ejadah 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) 


Best HR Technology Implementation
Best HR Technology Implementation

WINNER
Schneider Electric AND Ejadah 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Solutions by STC


Best L&D Technology Implementation
Best L&D Technology Implementation

WINNER
Saudi Aramco 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Ejadah 

CHRO of the Year
CHRO of the Year

WINNER
Nabil Batawi from Al Safi Danone LTD AND Jamil Al Asmari from Fawaz Al Hokair Group 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Abdullah Al Gadi from Advanced Electronics Company 


HRs Rising Star of the Year
HRs Rising Star of the Year

WINNER
Sheeba Mirza from Affiniax Partners 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Gnei Shehenila Samidon from Telephony Group of Companies 

Best Crisis Communication Strategy
Best Crisis Communication Strategy

WINNER
Landmark Group 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Emaar, Economic City 

Best Execution of a Business Continuity Plan
Best Execution of a Business Continuity Plan

WINNER
Tabreed 

MARK OF EXCELLENCE
DP World 

About the Virtual Award Ceremony - 10 November 2020


  • The Future Workplace Award Ceremony took place virtually on the 10th November 2020 from 4:30pm GST.
  • Since its launch in 2012, the Future Workforce Awards is an independent and prestigious endorsement of the quality of Middle Eastern employer companies, individuals, teams and solution providers – across the human resources spectrum.
  • On the 10th November, we recognised and rewarded the achievements of the industry in the region.
  • Celebrate with your team all the hard work and accomplishments that have come out of a truly challenging year.

2020 Judging Panel

This year we have a panel of 20 judges, who have each dedicated their time and their efforts to score the award entries.

Our judging panel is made up of internationally recognised and respected judges from a variety of industry sectors and disciplines. The panel are carefully selected to ensure the selection process is fair and objective. The judges are bound to a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries.


Why Participate in the Virtual Future Workplace Awards?


SHOWCASE YOUR BRAND
SHOWCASE YOUR BRAND
  1. Being a part of Future Workplace Awards provides your brand access to global and regional marketing platforms via online media.
  2. Your participation affirms that your organisation is investing in HR and has an active agenda to improve your workplace, satisfying current employees and attracting talent.
RECOGNISE & MOTIVATE YOUR TEAMS
RECOGNISE & MOTIVATE YOUR TEAMS
  1. Entering the Virtual Future Workplace Awards is a way to thank and honour valued employees and to show you care about the future of your workplace, making you more attractive as an employer.
  2. Your award application helps reflect on the achievements, challenges and areas of improvement which is vital for any developing business.
  3. Being nominated, shortlisted or winning an award can help boost staff morale and improve motivation.


CELEBRATE IN STYLE
CELEBRATE IN STYLE
  1. The awards are an excellent opportunity to network virtually with hundreds of senior HR professionals, showcase your work and learn from others.
  2. Celebrate all the hard work and successes of the industry with 18 awards, covering every aspect of work including; Employee Experience, HR Technology, Recruiting, L&D and Achieving Excellence in HR.

HR’S MOST LAVISH VIRTUAL NIGHT RECOGNISING THE BEST TALENT IN THE REGION


Future Workplace Awards (formerly known as Middle East HR Excellence Awards) showcases the best HR talent in the Middle East and honors HR professionals in government and the private sector for their outstanding contributions in creating a high performing workforce for the future. Have a look at the highlights from the 2019 edition:

2020 Future Workplace Awards Categories

Our mission is to champion best practices for HR practices and HR initiatives which will help develop employee experience, businesses and the industry. This year, we have developed our award categories, to find the best of the best in the HR industry in the Middle East. Our jury of HR experts will score 200+ nominations across the 21 award categories listed below.


Best Employee Engagement Strategy
Best Employee Engagement Strategy

This category recognises the importance of employee engagement in today’s businesses. This award is for a HR strategy that has significantly improved employee engagement levels within the team or company.

Best Corporate Wellbeing Programme
Best Corporate Wellbeing Programme

Recognising employers who place employee wellbeing centre stage within their organisation and have embedded a strong culture of health and wellness.

Best Diversity & Inclusion Strategy
Best Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

An organisation that are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive and tolerant workplace. Recognising an employer whose culture promotes trust, collaboration, fairness and growth through a D&I environment


Best Reward & Recognition Strategy
Best Reward & Recognition Strategy

This award is dedicated to the companies promoting reward and recognition across their business through a HR strategy.

Best Recruitment & Onboarding Strategy
Best Recruitment & Onboarding Strategy

The awarded organisation will have demonstrated excellence and innovation in attracting, recruiting and onboarding employees. 

Best Social Impact Initiative
Best Social Impact Initiative

This award recognises companies that are doing their part for the surrounding community or environment, through implementation of a social impact initiative. 


Best Innovative HR Initiative
Best Innovative HR Initiative

This award aims to reward an HR team for their innovative approach to organizational design, process, structure or strategy, that is non-technology focused.

Best Innovative L&D Initiative
Best Innovative L&D Initiative

This award aims to recognise a non-technology focused L&D initiative that brings fresh ideas to the company and positively & measurably improve L&D programmes. 

HR Team of the Year
HR Team of the Year

An award to recognise the collective effort of HR teams within the business. The team should be able to demonstrate their impact on the HR function as well as the business overall.


Best HR Transformation & Change Management Strategy
Best HR Transformation & Change Management Strategy

This award recognises employers that have successfully delivered a major HR business transformation project, demonstrating contributions to organisational performance and effective change management programmes.

Best Execution of a Business Continuity Plan
Best Execution of a Business Continuity Plan

With a rapidly increasing number of remote workers around the world, this award goes to the company that has best implemented an effective remote working implementation initiative for offices in the Middle East.

Best Crisis Communication Strategy
Best Crisis Communication Strategy

This is a new award for the 2020 Future Workplace Awards and aims to recognise the company that has successfully managed their communication to colleagues within the company as well as communication to their clients and partners when in a crisis situation


Employer of the Year
Employer of the Year

This award honours the leading employer that can demonstrate superior people development strategies resulting in a productive, engaged and motivated workforce becoming an employer of choice. 

Best Talent Management Strategy
Best Talent Management Strategy

This award honours the organisation which has developed a very well integrated strategy to recruit, manage, develop and retain talent with the aim of improving business value and ability to measure the success of implementation and outcome

Best Executive & Leadership Development Programme
Best Executive & Leadership Development Programme

This award recognises an organisation that has implemented an innovative and sustainable leadership development strategy/programme that strengthens the skills and capabilities of current and future leaders


Best Women Development & Leadership Programme
Best Women Development & Leadership Programme

The award will recognise an organisation that has developed and implemented a successful women development and leadership programme.

Best HR Analytics Strategy
Best HR Analytics Strategy

This award recognises the use of technology and data analytics to deliver enhanced people management. The best entries will be able to demonstrate positive results from adopting/implementing an analytics strategy.

Best HR Technology Implementation
Best HR Technology Implementation

With ever increasing adoption and investment in HR technologies, this award recognises the employer that has successfully embraced digital disruption to move HR forward.


Best L&D Technology Implementation
Best L&D Technology Implementation

With adoption and investment in digital learning technologies burgeoning, this award recognises the employer that has successfully embraced digital disruption to move L&D forward.

CHRO of the Year
CHRO of the Year

A senior CHRO who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and business best-practice in developing effective HR strategies which have significantly benefited their business throughout the last year.

HR’s Rising Star of the Year
HR’s Rising Star of the Year

An emerging talent in the field of HR who shows high potential for future achievement in the profession.