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Stevie Winner Makes Employee Happiness Possible at all Companies

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Jul 05, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

It’s a well-known business adage that happier workers are more productive workers, and lately a lot of evidence has emerged to prove it. An experiment at Britain’s University of Warwick, for example, showed that more satisfied employees were, on average, 12% more productive than their peers.

This also happens to be the philosophy behind a growing Australian firm Career Money Life. The tech company, based in Melbourne, Australia, is making it easier for businesses to support their employees’ personal and professional needs through its innovative platform.

Clients can choose between hundreds of different pre-vetted and peer-reviewed services and service providers for their employees, including everything from career transition and parental leave to financial education and rewards programs.

By evaluating the third-party providers ahead of time, Career Money Life won the Gold Stevie Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Human Resources in the 2018 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. They say clients are able to enjoy a more consistently positive experience. The company boasts that employers save considerable time and money because the platform removes the administrative work associated with vetting, paying, and managing suppliers.

career money lifeA Simple, Comprehensive Platform

For Sandy Hutchison, the company’s founder, the perilous nature of the modern workplace became all too apparent in 2013. A successful veteran of the human resources field, she was a partner at Mercer and served as HR director at the Marsh & McLennan Companies. Even so, her company cast her as “redundant,” and she was suddenly faced with the uncertainty many unemployed workers feel.

Hutchison’s experience in HR led her to believe that most companies simply didn’t have the resources to manage multiple service providers to help employers in her situation. She saw Career Money Life as the solution: a pre-vetted list of offerings that companies could adopt with significantly less time and effort.

The firm’s marketing proposition is all about simplicity. Employers get to choose the programs and services they want to offer, and they set a budget for each worker. Clients can manage their spending limits, invoices, and account activity directly through the portal.

“Compared to other professions, the uptake of digital technology and its capability in HR has been quite slow,” says Hutchison, who continues to serve as the company’s top executive. “We feel our progress to date has shown that HR is slowly starting to adopt digital technology and realize its benefits.”

Since its inception in 2014, the organization’s rise has been nothing short of remarkable. Proving to be a breakthrough year, 2018 has seen the onboarding of several high-profile clients, including New Crest Mining, the wealth management provider MLC, and the online apparel and art retailer Redbubble.

A Bigger Role for Women

Given its mission, it’s fitting that Career Money Life has tried to make work-life balance part of its ethos. Hutchison says her employees are encouraged to pursue outside interests, including travel, family, and educational pursuits. She also adopts a flexible approach when it comes to working remotely. The company allows team members to be wherever they want, as long as they’re able to perform well.

“At Career Money Life, we built the business from its inception to operate in a virtual way, leveraging all the digital tools and technology available to make us lean and efficient,” says Hutchison. “This approach is successful for us, due primarily to our clear processes and use of collaborative technology, which ensure everyone is aware of what is happening.”

Not surprisingly, the female-led firm cites inclusion as one of its primary values. It not only offers its clients programs for parental leave and diversity, but it’s building a workforce that takes those issues to heart.

Hutchison is also using her platform as a successful businesswoman to advance female leaders across the country. To that end, she holds board positions on the Australian Gender Equality Council and Women and Leadership Australia.

She’s hoping the Stevie Award shows other women how much they can accomplish.

“Through the recognition we receive, I want to inspire more females to try tech entrepreneurship, even if they don’t come from tech backgrounds,” she says.

Tags: hr awards, Human Resources Team of the Year

Finalists in 2017 Stevie Awards for Great Employers Announced

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 09:31 AM

Stevie® Award Winners to Be Revealed at Event in New York on September 22

Finalists in the 2017 (second annual) Stevie® Awards for Great Employers, an international competition, were announced today. The awards recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.    

A diverse group of organizations and individuals around the world are among those recognized. The leader among finalists is Migros Tic. A.S. of Istanbul, Turkey. A leader in the Turkish retail sector, the company has 14 finalist nominations, including 10 for individual training programs or media.

SAGE women winners 2016-3.jpgAnother Turkish organization, the Istanbul Gas Distribution Co. (IGDAS), is close on their heels with 12 finalist nominations. ej4, the American video e-learning company, is next on the list with seven.

Organizations with four finalist nominations include Arkas Holding (Turkey), Ceridian (USA), GSoft (Canada), Merchant e-Solutions (USA), Samsung Electronics Turkey, TOFAŞ (Turkey) and Turk Telekom (Turkey).  Those with three finalist entries include BenefitMall (USA), Creative Lodging Solutions (USA), Eczacıbaşı Holding (Turkey), Ford Otosan (Turkey), G&A Partners (USA), Genentech (USA), INNOVA BILISIM COZUMLERI A.S. (Turkey), McAfee (USA), New World Development Company Limited (Hong Kong), Roth Staffing Companies (USA), Tata Consultancy Services (USA), UST Global (USA) and VESTEL (Turkey).

For a full list of finalists by category, visit www.StevieAwards.com/HR.  

All finalists will ultimately be named Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award winners. The placements will be revealed during a gala event on Friday, September 22 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Tickets are now on sale. The presentations will be broadcast live via Livestream.

More than 500 nominations from organizations around the world were evaluated in this year’s competition. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 50 professionals worldwide, acting as judges. The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize achievement in many facets of the workplace. Categories include:

  •     Employer of the Year
  •    HR Achievements
  •    HR Individual Awards
  •    HR Team Categories
  •    Solution Provider Awards
  •    More than 50 New Product & Service Categories

Stevie Award placements in the 35 Employer of the Year categories will be determined by a unique blending of the ratings of professionals and the votes of the general public. More than 29,000 votes were cast by members of the public for their favorite employer this year.

The awards are presented by the Stevie Awards, which organizes several of the world’s leading business awards shows including the prestigious International Business Awards and American Business Awards.

Tags: hr awards, human resources awards, Human Resources Team of the Year, great employer awards, employer of the year

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers Issues Call for Entries

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 @ 10:02 AM

Today the Stevie® Awards begins accepting entries for the first annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers, which will honor the world’s best companies to work for and the HR teams and professionals, HR achievements, new products and services, and suppliers that help to create and drive great workplaces.

All individuals and organizations worldwide -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small -- may submit nominations to the Stevie Awards for Great Employers. The early-bird entry deadline, with reduced entry fees, is May 4. The final entry deadline is June 8, but late entries will be accepted through July 20 with payment of a late fee. Entry details are available at www.StevieAwards.com/HR.

REQUEST THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

SAGE_Logo_C_SmallRK.gifThe Great Employers program is the seventh Stevie Awards program.  Others include the prestigious American Business Awards, International Business Awards, and Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

An international judging panel of close to 100 executives will determine the Stevie Award winners. Finalists will be announced on August 17. Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced at a gala event in New York City on September 30.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers will recognize achievement in many facets of the workplace. Categories include:

  • Employer of the Year in more than 34 industry groups, to be determined by a custom blending of peer ratings and public votes
  • HR Achievements, such as Achievements in Compensation Design & Administration and Achievement in HR Technology
  • HR Individual Awards, such as Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year and Employee Relations Professional of the Year
  • HR Team Categories, such as Learning/Training Team of the Year and Recruiting or Talent Acquisition Team of the Year
  • Solution Provider Awards, such as HR Technology Solution Provider of the Year and Total Rewards Solution Provider of the Year
  • More than 50 New Product & Service Categories, recognizing the year’s best HR-related software solutions, training programs and media, and curated training platforms

”Every organization recognizes that in order to attract and retain the best and brightest talent, it must be recognized as a great place to work.  This new Stevie Awards program will recognize those organizations, teams, professionals, and products that are exemplars of the world’s best workplaces,” said Stevie Awards president Michael Gallagher.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

Tags: hr awards, human resource awards, Human Resources Team of the Year, best hr, best consultants, best onboarding, best employers, recruiting awards

American Business Awards 2016: HR Awards Judging Committee

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 @ 04:06 PM

Today's American Business Awards judging chair and committee spotlight is for the HR Awards committee. This team of 8 will determine who takes home Stevie Awards in the three Human Resources Awards categories.

Speaking of human resources, have you heard about the Stevie Awards for Great Employers yet? Check it out here. More details to come soon.

If you are interested in submitting your HR team, department, or executive in The American Business Awards, you still have time. The final deadline has been extended to April 19.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

HR Awards Chair:

16-ABA-HR-Chair-1.gifNarasimhan Srinivasan, Vice President & Head of Human Resources
Tata Consultancy Services, Edison, New Jersey, USA

Narasimhan Srinivasan (Narsi) is the Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in North America. He has been with TCS for the last 22 years. Narsi’s career spans 27 years, and during that time, he has played multiple roles in Delivery, Business Development and Human Resources areas in the IT Industry. He has been working in Human Resources for the last 9 years. His key roles at TCS include Global Head of Learning and Development, Head of Organizational Effectiveness, HR Director– APAC, Regional Manager–Bristol, UK, and Client Partner for Standard Chartered Bank, Target, AXA, and Nedcor Relationships.

Narsi graduated from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, with a Master of
Science (Hons.) Chemistry, and a Master of Science (Technology) Computer Science in 1985. Narsi is very much interested in sports and plays cricket and golf.

Committee:

John Christian, Director, Human Resources
Tata Chemicals North America Inc., Rockaway, New Jersey, USA

Minerva GarciaMinerva Garcia, Vice President of Human Resources
Accordant Media, New York, New York, USA
Minerva M.Garcia is the Vice President of Human Resources at Accordant Media. She is responsible for all human resource functions for Accordant Media. Her areas of responsibility include recruitment and staffing, benefits, leadership development, performance management, training, and employee relations.

Meghan Hill Meghan Hill, Director of Human Resources
Builder Homesite, Austin, Texas, USA
Progressive and dynamic Human Resources Leader with 16 years of experience.

Robert Klein Robert Klein, President
Robert Klein and Associates & DeSales University's MBA Program, Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA
Bob is an adjunct professor at the DeSales University's MBA School. He has served as an adjunct professor at Philadelphia University, California State University and UCLA. He has also served as Director of Global Training for Pfizer and Director of National Training for Nabisco. He earned an MBA from California State University. At Pfizer, he trained more than 5,000 executives in 40 different countries in a dozen different languages.

Rodney Morris Rodney Morris, Senior Vice President
The Elliot Group, San Francisco, California, USA
Executive leader with extensive expertise in the vision, design, and implementation of human capital strategy from emerging concepts to high-growth corporations and from quick service restaurants to polished casual dining working across the private, private equity, and public company domains.

Kirk Musselman Kirk Musselman, Director, Human Resources
Cars.com, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Kirk provides HR leadership and services that help fuel the continued growth of one of the Internet's premier, original digital media companies.

Tracy Tran Tracy Tran, Sourcer and Social Media Specialist
The HR SOURCE, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Tracy has been in the recruiting/HR field for twelve years. Tracy currently works for The HR Source.

Tags: human resource awards, Human Resources Team of the Year, Human Resources Executive of the Year, Human Resource Department of the Year

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