The 2017 Workplace Excellence Awards will be granted by the APS College of Organisational Psychologists to celebrate excellence in the application of psychology in the areas of: 

 

Emerging Directions in Organisational Psychology

This Award for Emerging Directions in Organisational Psychology aims to celebrate innovation and creativity in the application of emerging areas of organisational psychology. The Award is intended to recognise novel applications of organisational psychology that are not well represented by the other Workplace Excellence Award categories. Entrants must show: 

  • Evidence of thought leadership, influence and/or disruption
  • Evidence of implementation and acceptance among key internal and/or external stakeholders

 

Human Factors and User Experience

This Award for Human Factors and User Experience aims to celebrate excellence in the application of psychology to the design of systems and environments intended to optimise human performance, safety, wellbeing and/or satisfaction. Entrants must show:

  • A rigorous methodology which identifies human performance problems and ways to minimise or eliminate such problems
  • Demonstrated outcomes intended to improve the performance, safety, wellbeing and/or satisfaction of the users interacting with the system, and other relevant stakeholders

 

Leadership Development and Coaching

The Award for Leadership Development and Coaching aims to celebrate excellence in the application of psychology to improve individual, team and organisational outcomes through effective interventions to improve leadership performance.  Entrants must show: 

  • Demonstrated improvements in the performance, effectiveness, satisfaction, engagement and/or wellbeing of participating leaders
  • Demonstrated organisational benefits to culture and organisational performance resulting from improved leadership outcomes, particularly in those areas of the organisation led by participating leaders

 

Organisational Change

The Award for Organisational Change recognises excellence in initiatives which demonstrate innovation and a responsible approach to organisational change and development.  This category is recommended for those organisations who demonstrated excellence in initiatives and strategies facilitating organisational change including but not limited to restructuring, or mergers and acquisitions. Entrants must show:  

  • Engagement of workforce in the change process and outcomes
  • Low levels of conflict, adverse impact on the workforce and redundancy

 

Organisational Development

The Award for Organisational Development aims to celebrate excellence in the application of psychology to strategic projects that seek to develop, advance and improve organisations at the enterprise level. Entrants must show: 

  • Achievement of improved productivity, performance, efficiency, effectiveness and/or organisational outcomes
  • Demonstrated consideration and integration of strategy with all aspects of the organisational system, including structures, processes, operations and the workforce 

 

Performance and Capability Development

The Award for Performance and Capability Development aims to celebrate excellence in the application in the application of psychology to develop the knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes and performance of employees.  Entrants must show: 

  • Innovative use of learning processes, methodologies, performance frameworks and technology to achieve improved performance outcomes
  • Demonstrated application of the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes addressed through programs by participants, including organisational benefits and impact

 

 Talent Management

The Award for Talent Management aims to celebrate excellence in the application of psychology to improve organisational outcomes through sufficient planning, acquisition and management of human capital. Entrants must show: 

  • Innovative strategies employed to systematically manage the employee lifecycle, using contemporary approaches to attract, select, recruit, develop, inspire, motivate and retain
  • Demonstrated benefit of utilising psychometrics and other psychological tools and resources to assess and develop employees.

 

Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing

The Award for Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing recognises outstanding strategies and initiatives promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of employees in the workplace. It may include those organisations who have worked to improve understanding, awareness and the general health and mental health of the workforce and wider community. Entrants must show:  

  • Utilisation of a combination of biological, psychological and social factors to determine organisational needs
  • Significant improvements in the psychological health, safety and wellbeing of the workforce

 

 

Information on the full APS awards program is available at www.psychology.org.au/about/awards/.