Whilst many Awards programmes exist in the field of Human Resources generally, and in various psychological disciplines, the ABP Workforce Experience Awards focus directly on demonstrating the commercial and practical value of Business Psychology to organisations.
We welcome entries into the Awards programme from anyone with a great story to tell. Individuals, teams and organisations can enter (“Entrants”). External consultants/suppliers can enter with or on behalf of their clients. By making a submission to the Awards, Entrants agree to be bound by the Terms of the Awards Programme.
Entries are made by completing a Word document template which can be downloaded below. This is approx 1,500 words and asks you to tell your story about the challenge you faced, your approach and the outcome. Please complete all sections of the template, keeping to the word counts given and submit this here. Only entries made via this online form will be accepted.
Now, more than ever, our industry has the ability to show the amazing work we, as psychologists, can do to improve the workplace. If you’ve not entered before, or been involved with the awards, we’d encourage you to enter, head here for full details on the categories.
Entries for the 2020 Awards and Conference Submissions:
19th June 2020
Further guidance for writing a great entry is provided in our section How to write your entry.
A webcast providing more information on how to write a winning entry is available here. In this webcast Clodagh O’Reilly (former ABP Chair and Awards founder) talks through a presentation pack and explains how to write a winning entry.
Here are some tips on how to ensure your submission is the best it can be:
Read the instructions
This might seem an obvious point, but ensure you read the guidelines and judging criteria carefully and then ensure you answer all the questions in full without going off at tangents. If you are not 100% sure what a question is after – ask.
Tell a story
Make your submission compelling to read. Describe relevant context, for the people and the organisation, set the scene for the project/intervention. Describe the “before” state clearly so that your achievements can be recognised in the “after” state. This can serve to make your submission more engaging – but keep your story telling within the word limits.
Prove you’re the best
While telling your story avoid the pitfall of including unsubstantiated assertions like, “the feedback was excellent.” A priority for the ABP is to promote evidence-based approaches, so take time to collect specific evidence. Provide qualitative or quantitative, Tier 1 or Tier 2 metrics and be explicit on how the impact of your project/intervention was demonstrated and measured.
Interview the right people
Even if you think you know the project, you should interview as many other people as possible. Ideally a senior sponsor, implementer and beneficiary, to get a rounded perspective on the value, relevance and impact of the project.
Demonstrate clarity of purpose
Clearly and specifically describe why the work was undertaken, the business issue you sought to address and the specific psychological approach that you took in response. Show links between the project/intervention and the individual/organisation’s objectives/success.
Explain what is unique, innovative or otherwise excellent about your entry; be specific about its value, importance or the scale of the challenges that had to be overcome.
Keep it simple
Write clearly and in plain English and avoid jargon or acronyms; do not assume that all the judges will have an insight into any/all of the models or approaches you used or the organisation/industry that you were working in.
Avoid the quagmire
The biggest trap in any submission writing process is to focus too heavily on “what we did” – the quagmire. It is called this because you can get bogged down in the detail. Remember that Workforce Experience Awards are as much for what you achieved, as what you did. So balance the two.
Use images wisely
Yes a picture tells a thousand words, but badly used graphs, diagrams and photos can actually do more harm than good. Models and graphics are good but only if they make sense at a glance, add value and have a clear purpose.
Remember your wider audience
Be specific about the practical measures you took to ensure success for your project/intervention, project and risk management principles, stakeholder consultation and so on. When successful submissions are shared with our members, we want them to get the benefit of your experience in practical ways.
Imagine you were unsuccessful
When you have written your entry, imagine you submitted it and narrowly missed the top spot. What could you do to get a few extra marks?
Find a truly independent reviewer
The judges are unlikely to know all the details of your work and/or industry, so it’s useful to get someone equally objective to read your draft submission and offer feedback.
Recycle your entries
Having spent a while writing a thorough award entry, it would be a travesty not to use it again. You can make a submission to multiple categories in the ABP Workforce Experience Awards Programme if relevant – but be sure to take time to re-write relevant elements to ensure that each submission meets the criteria of the relevant category. Then, find some more awards to enter it into.
Any work that meaningfully applied Business Psychology could be considered. For these purposes we define Business Psychology as the study and practice of improving working life. It combines an understanding of the science of human behaviour with experience of the world of work, to attain effective and sustainable performance for both individuals and organisations.
For entries to be eligible for consideration they must meet the following criteria:
- Entries must be received on or before the deadline date, 20th June, 2020. Entries cannot be submitted, and no entry may be amended or cancelled after this date*
- All submissions must be made in English
- There is no limit to the number of categories for which a single submission or Entrant can be entered
- Each submission must clearly state the category or categories to which it is intended to apply. Entries may be shortlisted in only one category assigned at the organiser’s discretion
- The work described must have taken place in the preceding 36 months and the results measured and reported in the submission must have been collected in the past 12 months
- All submissions should pertain to work that has been carried out in, or that has included activity in, the United Kingdom
- Submissions which do not meet these criteria will not be accepted. The Entrant will be entitled to amend and resubmit their submission once aligned to these criteria, as long as this is done on or before the deadline date.
*Requests for brief extensions to this deadline may be considered if made in advance, in writing to email@example.com, entirely at the Convening Judge’s discretion.
By making a submission to the Awards, entrants (“Entrants” or “you”) agree to be bound by these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms then you must not enter any submission to the Awards. These Terms place legal obligation on you so please read them carefully.
1. For entries to be eligible for consideration they must meet the following criteria:
1.1. Entries must be received on or before the annual submission deadline. Entries cannot be submitted, and no entry may be amended or cancelled after this date.
1.2. There is no limit to the number of categories (the categories can be found on our website www.theabp.org.uk) for which a single submission or Entrant can be entered. Each submission must clearly state the category to which it is intended to apply.
1.3. All submissions must be made in English.
1.4. The work described must have taken place in the preceding 36 months and the results measured and reported in the submission must have been collected in the past 12 months.
1.5. All submissions should pertain to work that has been carried out in, or that has included activity in, the United Kingdom.
1.6. Submissions which do not meet these criteria will be returned to the Entrant. The Entrant will be entitled to amend and resubmit their submission once aligned to these criteria, as long as this is done on or before the deadline date for awards submission.
2. All Entrants acknowledge the ABP’s intention to share best practice and grant permission for the ABP to reproduce all or part of submissions and/or offer comment on the submissions, on their website and through other media channels as may be appropriate in the interests of championing Business Psychology and celebrating excellence in Business Psychology, at the sole discretion of the ABP and its Officers.
3. As such, Entrants grant the ABP a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual and worldwide licence to republish any material you submit, post, upload, email or otherwise transmit to the ABP in connection with the Awards in any format, including without limitation print and electronic format.
4. The ABP makes no claim of Intellectual Property rights over the content of any submission, other than the licence in paragraph 3 above.
5. Entrants accept that a variety of individuals acting on behalf of the ABP, including volunteers and all judges, may be required to review and store submission content. In this respect, all individuals acting on behalf of the ABP are bound by terms of participation and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate and to stand aside from considerations and deliberations concerning those entries.
6. Consultants entering on behalf of a client organisation must gain the organisation’s written consent before completing the official entry form. Consultants are advised to clarify the position with respect to intellectual property with their clients in advance of entering. Entrants accept sole responsibility for confirming their rights or access to the information that they share in their submissions, including but not limited to gaining the permission of client/other organisations that are referenced in their submissions. Entrants will be liable for any costs or damages incurred by ABP from any third party if the Entrant has not fully cleared the submission for entry to the Awards and ABP’s use thereof as set out in these Terms.
7. The ABP accept no liability in respect of any material submitted Entrants and published by us and we are not responsible for its content and accuracy. It is assumed that all submissions will be made honestly and in good faith. It is the sole responsibility of the Entrant to ensure the veracity and validity of all information shared in Submissions. The ABP makes no claim that submissions will be investigated, verified or validated for accuracy and reliability in the normal course of adjudication and/or the ABP does not vouch for the credibility of any Award submissions.
8. Submissions will not be considered confidential or copyright, or to contain confidential or sensitive information, unless explicitly marked “not for publication” by the Entrant. In making a submission, please consider seriously the necessity of including sensitive or confidential information and avoid doing so if possible. If it is not possible for you to make your submission without including confidential, sensitive or copyright information, you are asked to identify explicitly in the submission which parts of the content are not for publication (for example, a client’s name or financial performance information). And you must provide a second version of the submission, with the “not for publication” content removed so that it is appropriate for publication. Further, you should ensure that you retain a full copy of any submissions since we will not be returning entries.
9. We will not however publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from those entries. Therefore if you enter the Awards, but are not successful, this will remain confidential.
10. Entrants agree to share the content of their submissions in person, in a presentation to and/or discussion with delegates, at the Day Conference in London if invited to do so. (The ABP will not be liable for costs of travel to/from the venue.)
11. By being present at an ABP event you consent to being filmed and/or recorded. You also agree not to assert any moral (or similar) rights and give all necessary consents under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) and all other applicable legislation in respect of any film and/or recordings. The ABP is entitled to make full use of any film and/or recording in all current and future media worldwide without any liability or payment to you, including permitting others to do the same.
12. Award winners will be recognised with a trophy and certificate supplied at the Awards Dinner. Winners not present or represented at the event will be entitled to claim the Award from the ABP offices or have them shipped at their own expense. Winners will be provided with an electronic version of the Awards logo for use to publicise their win if they wish, provided such usage is consistent with normal business practices.
13. The ABP excludes liability for any claims, loss, demands or damages of any kind whatsoever with respect to the service, information, publicity, publication, materials and/or other activities associated with the Awards. This includes without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental or consequential loss or damages, whether arising from loss of profits, loss of revenue, loss of data, loss of use or otherwise and whether or not the possibility of such loss has been notified to the ABP. The foregoing will apply whether such claims, loss or damages arise in tort, contract, negligence, under statute or otherwise.
14. Should any action by an Entrant in any way breach the terms/warranties given above and/or cause the ABP damage or loss, the Entrant agrees to indemnify the ABP in full and permanently against any third party liabilities, claims, costs, loss or damage that it incurs as a result of publishing material submitted or otherwise communicating about the Entrant’s participation, including consequential losses.
15. Persons who violate any rule, gain unfair advantage in participating in the Awards, or obtain winner status using fraudulent means will be disqualified. If any entrant is found to be soliciting votes in return for a purchase or payment of any kind, that entrant will be disqualified at the sole discretion of the ABP.
16. The ABP reserves the right to cancel or amend the Awards Programme or these Terms at any time without prior notice and without liability.
18. If any of these terms and conditions should be determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from the terms and conditions and the remaining terms and conditions shall survive, remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding and enforceable.
More generally, all parties to the Awards programme will be guided by the ABP Code of Conduct
19. These terms and conditions shall be interpreted in accordance with and governed by English law.