About the Future of HR Awards
13 June 2019 | Johannesburg | South Africa
The 5th annual Future of HR Awards will honour southern Africa’s most outstanding, inspiring and effective leaders in human capital management, HR innovation and HR tech; highlighting their achievements for local and international peers to emulate and moving the industry forward. Featuring new awards categories and entry criteria updated in collaboration with our Advisory Panel of HR industry experts, the awards have been attracting enquiries months in advance from South Africa, neighbouring countries and even Asia.
Future of HR | 2019 Awards Categories
This is the highest honour and most coveted award at the FOHR Awards. This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry as a whole through visionary people management strategies and leadership. While we welcome nominations in this category, note that they are not reviewed by the judging panel. Rather, the recipient of this award will be decided in consultation with our advisory board.
This hotly-contested award recognises the HR Director at an executive level, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership during the last 12 months.
In similar vein, this award recognises the HR Manager at a managerial level, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the last 12 months.
This award recognises a dynamic, energetic, young HR practitioner who has achieved phenomenal results within less than five years of commercial experience.
What defines the iconic winner of this headline category?
Fundamentally, a demonstrable record of accomplishment in prioritising the wellbeing and happiness of the people that make his or her company great. He or she will be widely respected and liked within the organisation, and will have an admirable reputation among peers and competitors. The winner will be a change management and employee engagement champion; a leader who enriches and inspires all those around them, while being instrumental in driving business performance.
This award recognises the best big companies to work for, with 1000+ employees and turnover of R50 million+. At the core of any great organisation is an HR department whose innovative values create a productive and enjoyable place of work. As an employer of choice, your reputation precedes you and jobseekers view you as a desirable place to work. That’s the first goal of any effective recruitment strategy – to be a 1st choice employer for top talent.
In similar vein, this award will go to the best small-to-medium-sized organisation with 100 – 999 employees and a R5-50 million annual turnover (or equivalent in your country’s currency).
This award belongs to the best Public Sector organisation to work for. Key to any efficient Public Sector entity is an HR department whose innovative values create a productive, happy environment – because this plays a major policy role in establishing standards of excellence in response to society’s service delivery needs.
This award recognises the most outstanding HR team of the year, in an organisation with more than 1000 employees. This high-energy and highly-organised team excels within the HR function and has a major impact across their business.
In similar vein, this award recognise the most outstanding HR team of the year with fewer than 1000 employees.
This award recognises and celebrates the HR team, HR-strong organisation or employee learning service provider that has delivered impressive outcomes by maximising the training and skills development of employees, with positive business results. “Learning and Development” can encompass coaching, mentoring programmes, bursaries, internships, e-learning, etc.
The current global market for HR technology is valued at around $14 billion. This award looks for innovative service providers that create and distribute HR – specific technology solutions to clients in business or government – for example, payroll software solutions or user-friendly digital HR platforms for employees. Enter now if you can showcase cost-effective tech solutions that you have provided to clients, to boost their HR function’s impact and efficiency.
With youth unemployment being one of South Africa’s biggest socio-economic challenges, this inspiring award will recognise the HR Team showing excellence and innovation in driving graduate development programmes and initiatives. Share your organisation’s support for bright young minds with the world – by being this category’s first-ever winner!
For some time now, big companies, especially retailers, have been using data to better target, engage with and understand their customers in tandem with the growth of e-commerce. Now companies are looking for a similar level of control of big data internally, to unite disparate data sources on hundreds or thousands of employees – so that they can have a holistic and real-time picture of employees’ time-keeping, performance management, sales results, education & training, incentives & rewards, and more. If you have helped your organisation, or others, to solve this significant challenge – thereby improving staff retention and productivity, and the impact of the HR function as a whole – this trophy could be yours.
This award will go to the organisation that provides the most compelling evidence that their strategy for health and wellbeing in the workplace is the best.
The award will go to the organisation that is defined as an independent service provider contracted by clients, on an ad hoc, project basis, to advise on, or oversee change management, improvements to HR processes, or one on-one engagement with employees as a diplomatic and impartial resource.
Pick n Pay is the first local retailer to trial environmentally-friendly compostable bags. The whole word thanks you!
Bellville’s W-Tech provides polymer, composite & insulation products to local & international clients.
Since inception, the Coega project in the Eastern Cape has created 100 000 new jobs. Amazing work!
Bestmed is SA’s fourth largest open medical scheme, present in the country now for 53 years – and years ahead of the tech curve.
Owned by Absalom Systems, Smart HR is the HR tech provider of choice for many of SA’s blue chip companies. And they’re really smart.
With around 50 000 employees, SA’s ports and logistics parastatal is headquartered in the iconic Carlton Centre.
Connect has a network of specialists who solve clients’ challenges through an integrated approach. Get your people to call their people. About your people.
Did you know? Nestle SA also won the Top 500 Awards Corporate Wellness Award in May this year. Doubling the goodness!
Lee Watts is the recruitment and people analytics manager for online travel company Travelstart, where he’s really … taking off.
Dr. Ndzwayiba is Netcare’s Head of Transformation and People Development. He is known as a leader who truly cares for his people.
Pictured with McDonalds SA CEO Greg Solomon.
Associate Vice President & Head of HR for Aegis, Phillip has won several global awards in his career before taking this trophy. Outstanding!
Jonathan Goldberg is known countrywide as a leading voice in Labour Law & Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment. For his contributions to HR, business and our society as a whole, Jonathan is Future of HR Gold.
Award accepted on his behalf by Grant Wilkinson.
AWARDS VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS 2018
2018 SUMMIT & AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS
South Africa’s brightest minds in HR, tech & workplace innovation came together at a packed Future of HR Summit, while the closing night saw industry luminaries honoured at the inspiring gala dinner awards.
Thank you very much for the recognition received yesterday. It served as a great motivation.
Yesterday’s event was amongst the best Topco events I have attended in the last couple of years. Very well organised, very professional, great ambience and speakers, great vibe, and the MC was on point. Well done!
Dr Nceba Ndzwayiba (PhD – Wits)
Dear Kyle, Nazreen and Gareth
From everybody here at SmartHR, I would like to thank the TopCo team for our award. It means a great deal to the SmartHR team who have worked tirelessly for many years to build SmartHR. The recognition will encourage and motivate us to do even more in the industry.
The event itself was a great deal of fun. Having attended a number of previous Future of HR awards, I think that this was the best yet. The venue was extremely stylish and the MC, Nik Rabiowitz was a treat! Our clients and partners were also very impressed.
I wish you every success with the Future of HR and look forward to contributing next year.
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Don’t just take our word for it, though: read our latest endorsement, received from past winner Candice Booysen of Argility – our Rising Star award recipient in 2016. She has since gone on to be nominated as a Finalist for the IPM HR Director of the Year Excellence Award and was recently recognised as one of the world’s 100 most influential HR professionals by the World HRD Congress in Mumbai.