HRM Awards 2017: Commemorating the best of HR!

The HRM Awards 2017 fully lived up to its billing as the region’s biggest HR showpiece events on February 24.

Over 700 HR professionals as well as business leaders spanning the breadth of the regional economy, came together at The Ritz-Carlton, Millennia Singapore to celebrate the storied accomplishments of the HR field over the past year.

With 108 finalists battling across 22 award categories to be crowned as the best of the best, this promised to be a night filled with drama, suspense and euphoria.

This year’s awards saw the inclusion of three new categories: Best Workplace Culture and Engagement, Best Change Management Strategies and Best HR Transformation through Technology, again reflecting the dynamic shifts in focus in these areas over the past year.

The evening commenced with host Nikki Muller serenading attendees with a song, while guests were later also treated an entertaining and thrilling hoverboard dance, and young comedian Jacky Ng.

Big winners

Changi Airport Group (team pictured above) scooped home the biggest prize on offer, the coveted Hays Award for Employer of Choice gong.

Justina Tan, Senior Vice President, HR, Changi Airport Group said her organisation was deeply honoured to have been awarded the accolade.

“As a newly corporatised entity of only seven years, we are by no means an established company and are still really young,” she said. “So this recognition is a good encouragement for us to continue on the journey to make Changi Airport Group one of the best places to work.”

“A lot of what we are today is because of our people, and that has also helped contribute to our strong employer brand which allows us to continue attracting very good talent.”

Lynne Roeder, Managing Director, Hays Singapore, said her organisation was delighted to have sponsored the Employer of Choice accolade for the seventh consecutive year.

“It’s always a spectacular night; we love coming on and working with HRM Asia, which is an amazing organisation to connect us with the HR community,” said Roeder.

“The Employer of Choice award is so important to us at Hays because it is a key measure of what an entire organisation is doing. We’ll always sponsor this award because it’s the most important one of the night.”

In the SME space, Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore at Zhongshan Park fought off stiff competition to snag the e2i Best SME Employer of the Year award.

Josephine Chua, Director of HR and Quality at Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore at Zhongshan Park, said being an SME has never impeded the organisation from investing in people initiatives.

“The company may be an SME but we invest in believing in our people and we invest in progressive practices,” said Chua.

It was also a night of personal glory for Chua, who was crowned Best HR Leader, giving Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore at Zhongshan Park two awards for the night.

Two other organisations also picked up two honours each, namely, Tower Transit Singapore (Best Workplace Culture & Engagement (>500 Employees) and HR Manager of the Year), and Accenture (Best Next-Gen Opportunities & Development and HR Rising Star of the Year).

The biggest individual accolade on the night, the Outstanding Contribution to HR, was awarded to Jaclyn Lee PhD, Senior Director, HR and Organisation Development, Singapore University of Technology and Design.

Admitting that she was completely taken aback by her nomination, Lee nonetheless said she felt “overjoyed” that her years of hard work had been recognised and celebrated.

“The most highly satisfying aspect of my career is the ability to mentor the next generation and to coach and mentor others to be as good as you are, and to see them along their HR journey,” said Lee.

“I aim to continue to do what I’m good at doing, and to contribute to the community and profession. What’s more important right now is helping our millennials to really equip them with the skills to manage and to build the next generation of HR leaders.”

Once again, HRM Asia would like to offer our congratulations to all the winners from the 2017 HRM Awards. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

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Hays Award for Employer of Choice
Changi Airport Group (Singapore)

e2i Best SME Employer of the Year
Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore at Zhongshan Park

Best C-Suite Leader
Paul Chong,
President & Chief Executive Officer,
Certis CISCO Security

Outstanding Contribution to HR
Dr. Jaclyn Lee, Senior Director,
Human Resources and Organisation Development,
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Best HR Leader
Josephine Chua,
Director of Human Resources and Quality,
Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore at Zhongshan Park

HRM Asia Award for HR Team of the Year
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

HR Rising Star of the Year
Teo Lai Mun, HR People Advisor, Accenture

HR Manager of the Year
Norman Teng, HR Manager, Tower Transit Singapore

Best Diversity & Inclusion Strategies
Dell Technologies
Special Recognition: Unilever Asia

Best Talent Acquisition Strategies
McDonald's Restaurant
Special Recognition: Land Transport Authority

Best Work-Life Balance (>500 Employees)

Best Work-Life Balance (<500 employees)
Gardens by the Bay

Best HR Transformation Through Tech
Singapore Land Authority
Special Recognition: Farrer Park Hospital

Best Health & Wellbeing
JTC Corporation
Special Recognition: Lendlease

Kaplan Professional Award for Best Training, Learning & Development
Building and Construction Authority
Special Recognition: SMRT Corporation

Best Leadership Development
Unilever Asia
Special Recognition: Credit Suisse

Best Change Management Strategies
Lazada Group
Special Recognition: UTAC Headquarters

Workday Award for Best Talent Management Practices (>500 Employees)
Keppel Offshore & Marine

Best Talent Management Practices (<500 Employees)
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Best Next-Gen Opportunities & Development
Special Recognition: SMRT Corporation

Best Workplace Culture & Engagement (>500 Employees)
Tower Transit Singapore

Best Workplace Culture & Engagement (<500 Employees)
Flight Centre Travel Group

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