2019 GSHRM HR AWARDS - Nominations are closed for 2019.

GSHRM offers 5 awards to recognize outstanding members of our organization and our community for their contributions to the field of human resources.  GSHRM asks all members to consider nominating deserving individuals and/or organizations. All nominees will receive a link via email to access their nominee award application form. 

GSHRM appoints award selection committees to facilitate the judging of all nominee applications based on award eligibility and criteria as stated below. An objective scoring system is used to select the highest scoring nominee as the award recipient for each category. Award recipients will be recognized at the Monday, December 9th Evening Annual Meeting.

 

Award criteria:

  • HR Professional of the Year. This award recognizes excellence in the human resources profession as a practitioner (generalist or specialist).  Award recipients are selected by the Awards Committee and are eligible to be considered for the South Carolina HR Professional of the Year award. 

Eligible candidates: 1) are currently employed HR professionals with a minimum of three consecutive years working in HR in the greater Greenville area; 2) are active GSHRM members in good standing; 3) have a minimum of ten years working as an HR practitioner; 5) have a proven track record of successful program implementation and results; and 6) address the selection criteria in their nominee application form.

Award recipients will be selected based on the following:

- Contributions to organizational success
- Contributions to the profession through HR associations, conferences or other groups – e.g. GSHRM, SHRM
- Advancing the profession (ex: published articles or white papers, legislative lobbying, public speaking, delivering workshops, teaching courses, etc.)
- Innovation (ex: implemented a new HR practice or initiative, etc.)
- Prefer some education in the HR profession (ex: SHRM or HRCI certification, other HR credentials, etc.)
- Completeness of nominee application form and supporting documentation (ex: resume, documented results, copies of programs, letters, etc.)

  • Lifetime Achievement. This annual award recognizes excellence in the human resources profession over the course of a career. Award recipients will be selected by the Awards Committee and are eligible to be considered for the South Carolina HR Professional of the Year award. 

Eligible candidates: 1) are retired or currently employed HR professionals with a minimum of five consecutive years workin in HR in the greater Greenville area; 2) are active GSHRM members in good standing; 3) have a minimum of twenty years working as an HR practitioner; 4) have a proven track record of successful program implementation and results; and 5) address the selection criteria in their completed nominee application form.  Preference is given to certified human resource professionals.

Award recipients will be selected based on the following:

- Contributions to organizational success
- Contributions to the profession through HR associations, conferences or other groups – e.g. GSHRM, SHRM
- Advancing the profession (ex: published articles or white papers, legislative lobbying, public speaking, delivering workshops, teaching courses, etc.)
- Innovation (ex: implemented a new HR practice or initiative, etc.)
- Prefer some education in the HR profession (ex: SHRM or HRCI certification, other HR credentials, etc.)
- Completeness of nominee application form and supporting documentation (ex: resume, documented results, copies of programs, letters, etc.)

  • HR Rising Star - Early Career Award. GSHRM recognizes that the HR field continues to evolve and requires innovative thinking and emerging talent to keep up with the demands of our ever-changing world.  The GSHRM Rising Star Award recognizes professionals who are new to the HR profession who are dedicated to making a positive impact on their organization through their role in HR. Award recipients are eligible to be considered for the South Carolina HR Rising Star award.

Eligible Candidates: 1) must be actively employed; 2) are active GSHRM members in good standing; 3) have less than 10 years’ experience in Human Resources; and 4) describe their achievements, leadership and community involvement in their application.

Award recipients will be selected based on the following:

- Description of three (3) achievements in HR, the organizational impact of those achievements and the innovation, creativity and resources used.
- Leadership and community involvement in 1) HR organizations, 2)the community (local, state or national), and 3) continued learning and development
- Completeness of nominee application form and supporting documentation (ex: resume, documented results, copies of programs, letters, etc.)
- Provide 2 professional references 

  • Diversity & Inclusion Award - Unsung Hero. This award recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond their assigned areas of responsibility to make significant contributions to areas of diversity and inclusion in either their company or the community. Award recipients will be selected based on the following:

- Contributions to organizational success in diversity and inclusion initiatives
- Innovation – e.g. implemented a new diversity strategy or initiative
- Completeness of nominee application form and supporting documentation

  • Diversity & Inclusion Award for Organizations or Companies. This award recognizes leading organizations that rank above average in four key areas: 

- CEO Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
- Human Capital
- Corporate and Organizational Communication
- Supplier Diversity 

The completeness of nominee application form and supporting documentation impacts the award scoring for this and all awards.


When considering an HR Award nomination, ask yourself:

  • Who can I recognize in my own company or association?
  • Is it my time to reach out for some well deserved recognition?
  • Who has challenged me or helped me by providing “best practices” or benchmarking information?
  • Who, if their successes are not recognized, might not have another opportunity for recognition?
  • Who has consistently served as an example of professional excellence?
  • Whose time has come to be an inspiration for others?
  • Whose time has come to be acknowledged as a leader in our profession?