How to Lift Your Blue Monday Spirits

How to Lift Your Blue Monday Spirits

How to Lift Your Blue Monday Spirits

Industry Insights

By Donna O’Toole

Win Awards to Improve Staff Wellbeing

Christmas has come and gone in a flash, the New Year is well and truly upon us, the days are still short and cold, and we have just experienced Blue Monday – the “most depressing day of the year”. However, fear not…

Now is the ideal time to give your staff a boost through the power of awards, as many of the most prestigious industry awards are either open now or in the near future. Seize this moment to plan and launch your awards strategy for 2022.

As well as raising your business profile, generating greater brand awareness and increasing turnover, awards such as the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards, British Business Excellence Awards, Customer Experience Awards, Employee Experience Awards, Scale-Up Awards, and Learning Awards will also provide outcomes that are linked to improving the wellbeing of your workforce.

From employee engagement and retention, to raising morale and lifting entire communities, awards play an essential role in creating the ʻbest place to workʼ. Award nominations and wins can considerably improve staff motivation, satisfaction and development.

When we conducted a customer survey in 2021, we asked what had changed since simply entering awards – 83% said that ‘Team Morale’ had increased. What’s more, a research study by Sapio revealed that 32% of businesses saw an improvement in ‘Staff Retention’.

As a result, employees will speak more positively about their workplace, which could be a draw for experienced candidates. An award-winning business has a distinct advantage when it comes to attracting new clients, whilst also impacting the local community with added credibility, trust and purpose.

 

Stop Waiting. Start Winning!

With so much to gain, it’s time to take action, banish those blues, and get in touch with the awards experts at August Recognition. If you would like to discover more about how we can support you to win awards, simply get in touch here.

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It’s December and 2022 is almost upon us, but you’ve still got time to enter awards this year. Here’s your selection of awards that are currently open for entries:

AWARDS OPEN NOW

 


The UK Sponsorship Awards

The UK Sponsorship Awards reward effectiveness and excellence across all sectors of the sponsorship, partnership and brand activation industries and across all budget bands. Campaigns are held under the spotlight, objectives are examined and tested, creativity and innovation both within ideas and execution are judged, and results are scrutinised.

Among the 35 categories available are ‘Best Use of Social Media‘, ‘International Sponsorship Award‘ and ‘Best Use of Mobile in Sponsorship‘.

Deadline: Monday 17th January 2022

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The iNetwork Innovation Awards

The iNetwork Innovation Awards celebrate, learn, and share innovation across the local public sector, and its partner organisations. They represent the perfect opportunity to come together and celebrate the brilliance and dedication of public servants, and their partners, as they strive to deliver more effective, and better value services for their communities. Amongst the 8 categories offered are ‘Partner Excellence Award‘, ‘Most Creative Video Award‘ and ‘Transforming & Innovating Public Services Award‘.

Deadline: Friday 21 January 2022

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The Safety & Health Excellence Awards

The Safety & Health Excellence Awards celebrate safety and health innovation and achievement, with the awards evening attracting more than 550 guests from the health, safety and fire sectors. A total of 14 categories can be entered this year, including ‘Best Health & Safety Project’‘Campaign of the Year’ and ‘Health & Safety Team of the Year’. You are able to enter multiple categories, and can also enter more than once in each category, provided they are different entries.

Deadline: Monday 31 January 2022

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The European Customer Experience Awards

The inaugural European Customer Experience Awards will champion the incredible CX innovations that have enabled businesses to survive and thrive in uncertain times. The pandemic has disrupted every organisation in some way, but the creativity, dedication and teamwork of CX professionals has been nothing short of remarkable. Amongst the 25 categories available are ‘Customer Experience in the Crisis‘, ‘Best Digital Transformation‘ and ‘CX Team of the Year‘.

Early Bird Deadline: Friday 28 January 2022
Deadline: Friday 4 March 2022

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Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35

Now in its 20th year, the 35 Women Under 35 from Management Today is the country’s longest-running, most prestigious list of young, female business talent. Their alumnae include Stella McCartney, Martha Lane Fox and Karen Blackett. These sought-after awards aim to find and shine a spotlight on Management Today’s female cover stars of tomorrow.

Early Bird Deadline: Wednesday 9 March 2022
Deadline: Wednesday 30 March 2022

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The Scale-Up Awards

The Business Leader Scale-Up Awards celebrate high-growth companies and the entrepreneurs that run them. It is the first and only awards to focus on the scale-up sector, and the 2022 event will showcase the businesses that have navigated the tough conditions by innovating, creating jobs, achieving growth, and supporting their communities and the planet. Amongst the 13 categories offered are ‘Scale-Up Disruptor Award‘, ‘Diversity Champion‘ and ‘Business Leader of the Year‘.

Deadline: Friday 18 March 2022

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ARE YOU READY TO BECOME AN AWARD-WINNER?

You can take our FREE, insightful test that will identify your chances of winning awards in the future – in under 5 minutes.

The Win Business Awards scorecard has been developed to measure your potential to win prestigious business awards by analysing performance across the six pillars of awards success. Click here to discover your score.

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It’s November and Christmas is fast approaching, but there’s still plenty of time to enter awards in 2021. Here’s your selection of awards that are currently open for entries:

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The UK Complaint Handling Awards

The UK Complaint Handling Awards champion complaint handlers as they share their remarkable stories: ones of resilience, adaptation, and unity in the face of great challenges. These stories will be celebrated in a unique event format in 2022. Among the 22 categories available are ‘Most Improved Complaint Handling‘, ‘Best Customer Service‘ and ‘Best Collaboration‘. Six of these are industry-specific categories, which include the likes of Financial Services, Utilities and Health Care.

Deadline: Friday 26 November 2021

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The Campaign Experience Awards

The Campaign Experience Awards continue to highlight the standout work and teams in the industry. 2021 has been a pivotal year for the brand experience and events sector, and these awards seek to recognise the continued innovation that needs celebrating. Amongst the 27 categories offered are ‘Creative Event of the Year‘, ‘Most Sustainable Company‘ and ‘Integrated Marketing Campaign‘.

Early Bird Deadline: Thursday 16 December 2021
Deadline: Wednesday 12 January 2022

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The UK Employee Experience Awards

The UK Employee Experience Awards promote Britain’s very best EX practices, and entries are welcome from any organisation working hard to put their people first. These awards honour those innovators, leaders, professionals and teams who are facing the challenges of change, showcasing a range of initiatives and solutions that everyone can learn from. A total of 22 categories can be entered this year, including ‘Best Crisis Recovery Initiative’‘Best Recruitment Programme’ and ‘People Leader of the Year’.

Early Bird Deadline: Friday 28 January 2022
Deadline: Friday 25 February 2022

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The Modern Law Awards

Now in their 8th year, the Modern Law Awards identify and celebrate the very greatest talent and success stories in the UK legal sector. They showcase and set the benchmarks for best practice in the ever diverse, challenging and exciting landscape of law. Amongst the 15 categories available are ‘Law Firm of the Year‘, ‘Best Use of Technology‘ and ‘Managing Partner of the Year‘.

Deadline: Friday 11 February 2022

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The Scale-Up Awards

The Business Leader Scale-Up Awards celebrate high-growth companies and the entrepreneurs that run them. It is the first and only awards to focus on the scale-up sector, and the 2022 event will showcase the businesses that have navigated the tough conditions by innovating, creating jobs, achieving growth, and supporting their communities and the planet. Amongst the 13 categories offered are ‘Customer Champion Award‘, ‘Employer of the Year‘ and ‘Innovation Led Scale-Up of the Year‘.

Deadline: Friday 18 March 2022

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ARE YOU READY TO BECOME AN AWARD-WINNER?

To inspire you, we have curated lists of awards you could be winning in your industry or profession. Click here to take a look, or get in touch if you would like us to choose the categories you are most likely to win and do all the work for you.

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Transparency and transformation in awards with Neil Skehel, CEO of Awards international & Founder of UK & International Customer Experience Awards, Employee Experience Awards, Digital Experience Awards, & more!

In this episode of the Winning Awards Podcast, Donna O’Toole catches up with Awards International CEO Neil Skehel.

Awards International launched in 2008 and they successfully organise 11 Awards Programmes in the UK, UAE, Netherlands and Germany, giving much-deserved recognition to outstanding business initiatives. They believe winning awards creates real possibilities for personal and professional growth.

Neil shares;

  • His journey into awards, from award-winning McDonald’s Restaurant Manager to organising some of the most popular awards in the UK and Internationally,
  • The challenges of moving to digital award ceremonies in 2020,
  • His message to aspiring businesses.

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[01:48] From Restaurant Supervisor to CEO of UK and International Awards Programmes, Neil shares his journey into the world of awards, how awards have played a huge part in his career and how he came to be CEO of Awards International.

“We’re all in the business, in the awards business. Do you know that? And I was thinking, you know, when I got my first award, I think it was for swimming five metres when I was about five years old, generally and awards play such an important part in people’s lives.”

[06:58] Awards International awards portfolio has been successfully growing, reaching into new markets including The Netherlands and Germany. In 2020 the pandemic has put a halt to all live events, but Neil and his team have pivoted to overcome the challenge.

“I thought we were done for I thought, “What on earth is going to happen?” And I spoke to a few people who I do use as mentors to sort of cheer me up from time to time. They were like, No, no, no, no, you’ve got to do this. You’ve got to make this work”

[11:26] Neil and his team have successfully converted their 2020 awards programmes to be fully digital using their own software that ensures their scoring is as robust and secure as their in-person judging, and the event is still entertaining and enjoyable for entrants and guests.[14:40] Transparency is key when it comes to judging, and Neil has no problems being open and honest about the judging process Using their own unique software and large panels of independent judges, everyone has the same chance of winning no matter whether you are an SME or a global corporation.

“So for me, transparency has always been a really important part of what we do.”

[20:14] As our world continues to change and adapt, there is a place for digital events but Neil assures us live physical events will come back once it’s safe to do. But for now all eyes are on the UK Customer Experience Awards and how the event will be as incredible as it always is year-on-year.[29:41] With the pandemic affecting all businesses in unique ways, Awards International have included specific COVID-19 categories to reward those who have gone above and beyond to help their business, customers or employees.

“But you know, the world has changed. There is no going back. You know we know the conversation will all be about what we are doing. So you have to change, you have to change the categories.”

[33:33] Neil’s final thoughts and overriding message for all businesses is to just ‘do it,’ enter the awards, now is the perfect time to enter and will help with the recovery.

“The challenges that the coronavirus has brought us entering your team for an award can be just so powerful in terms of their own performance, in terms of reward, in terms of fun in terms of development, and all of those things are really important now as ever before.”

 

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