The finalists, who were chosen following a paper judging process, will now go through to the panel session stage where they will be grilled by judges about their employment policies and culture.
There are four Awards categories: Large Agency (100+ UK employees); Mid-Size Agency (30-99 UK employees); Small Agency (2-29 UK employees); and In-house Communications Department.
A winner and a highly commended entry will be awarded for each, and presented at a drinks reception on 25 April.
Entrants will also be considered for additional categories that recognise outstanding practices around Reward, Culture, Organisational Health and – new for 2019 – Mental Health. The latter category will be part-judged by CALM. Mental health will also form the basis of several questions in the main entry form.
This year, entrants can buy a bespoke benchmarking report offering expert insights into their business via feedback from two supporting organisations: CALM, the mental health charity; and REBA, the Reward & Employee Benefits Association, the membership body for reward and employee benefits practitioners.
This will run alongside a unique, confidential report matching your data against aggregated scores using responses to the entry form – providing valuable insights into where entrants excel and where they may fall short.
Entrants can still buy a bespoke benchmarking report, regardless of whether they have been shortlisted. For more information on what the report entails, contact Richard Rowe on firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the shortlist below:
- Kazoo Communications
- Launch PR
- Liberty Comms
- Manifest London
- MullenLowe Salt
- FleishmanHillard Fishburn
- Publicis Resolute, Publicis LifeBrands and Real Science (PLBRS)
In-house Communications Department
- Heathrow Airport
- Smart Energy GB
- The Jockey Club
Thanks to everyone who entered.