The judging process
With a record number of entries to evaluate in 2018, our expert judges set out clear criteria to ensure consistency across all categories and submissions.
Judging convener Neil Porteous says the judges were looking for initiatives that were innovative and unique, and demonstrated a clear link to the organisation’s overall diversity strategy. “There were so many high-quality entries this year, initiatives needed to be leading edge to really stand out,” he says. Entrants also needed to provide evidence of the ongoing quantifiable impact the initiative had on the business performance and employee engagement. “The winning entries made it clear who was involved in the initiative, the selection criteria and how many people benefitted,” Neil says.
“They also demonstrated how the initiative was rolled out, and acknowledged the challenges faced.” The judges expected to see support for the initiative from senior management and a broad sector of employees. It was also important that the initiative was not simply outsourced to a provider, but was co-designed with the in-house team and customised to meet the needs of the organisation and its workforce. “We also considered how organisations were able to use their brand and sphere of influence to promote awareness of the business benefits of diversity in the workplace via their initiative.”
The judges considered all material submitted by the entrants and visited a selection of entrants all around New Zealand, from Dargaville to Dunedin, covering all nine award categories.